The University of Wisconsin-Platteville has a 30' by 30' tent available for use by its offices, departments and recognized campus organizations. The following guidelines and policies will direct the tents use. If you have any questions, please contact the physical plant director or the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services.

Who can use the tent:

The tent is available for use by all University of Wisconsin-Platteville offices, departments and recognized campus organizations. Organizations of which the university is a member (not individuals employed by the university) may also request the use of the tent. Organizations not directly associated with the University of Wisconsin-Platteville are not eligible to use the tent.

Reservations:

Use of the university tent must be requested in advance of the dates of intended use. It is asked that requesting departments or organizations give a minimum of two weeks notice of need.

A form, The University Tent Reservation Form, must be completed when requesting use. Forms may be obtained by contacting the physical plant office.

Charges:

Costs to erect and take down the tent may be assessed against the sponsoring department or organization. This cost will approximate $ 100.00. Should the tent be needed outside a reasonable distance from the campus, travel costs may be assessed for its use. A tent rental charge may or may not be assessed depending on the use of the tent. Any damages incurred during its use will be charged back to the sponsoring department or organization.

Administrative codes:

All applicable department of industry, labor, and human relations codes pertaining to tents must be abided by. (Codes attached)

Subchapter xix - Tents and Air Supported Structures


ilhr 14.51 General requirements. (1) Tents. Tents shall comply with the provisions of this subchapter and of ch. Ilhr 62, subch. Iii.

Note: see appendix for reprint of ch. Ihr 62, subch. Iii.

(2) Air-supported structures. Air-supported structures shall comply with the provisions of chs. Ilhr 50 to 64.

History: cr. Register, march, 1992, no. 435, Eff. 4-1-92.

Ilhr 14.52 Parking of vehicles. Automotive equipment that is used in connection with any tent may not be parked within 20 feet of the tent except by special permission of the fire chief. No other automotive equipment or internal combustion engines may be parked or located within 50 feet of the tent except upon a public street.

History: cr. Register, march, 1992, no. 435, Eff.4-1-92.

Ilhr 14.53 Flame retardant treatment (1) general. (A) the side wall, drops and top of all tents shall be of flame-retardant material or shall be made fire retardant in a manner approved by the department.

(B) All bunting and other flammable decorations or effects shall be treated with a flame-retardant solution. Sawdust and wood chips may be used on floors and passageways if kept damp.

(2) Affidavit. An affidavit or affirmation shall be retained at the premises on which the tent is located, attesting to the following information relative to the flame-retardant treatment of the fabrics:

History: cr. Register, march, 1992, no. 435, Eff. 4-1-92.

Ilhr 14.54 Smoking and open flame. (1) Smoking. Smoking shall be prohibited in any tent or in any adjacent areas where hay, straw, alfalfa, sawdust or other highly combustible materials are kept or stored. Approved "no smoking" signs shall be conspicuously posted.

(2) Open flame. No fireworks, open flame or other device emitting flame or fire may be used in or immediately adjacent to any tent while open to the public, except upon special permission from the fire chief.

History: cr. Register, march, 1992, no. 435, Eff. 4-1-92.

Ilhr 14.55 Fire extinguishers and other fire protection equipment. (1) Fire extinguishers. Fire extinguishers and other fire protection equipment shall be provided in every tent as follows:

(a) one 2-a type extinguisher shall be provided in every tent having a floor area of more than 500 square feet but less than 1000 square feet and also one in each adjacent tent. One additional 2-a type extinguisher shall be provided for each additional 2000 square feet or fraction thereof.

(B) at least one 10-b:c type fire extinguisher shall be provided for each eating area power generator or transformer and at locations where flammable or combustible liquids are used, stored or dispensed.

(C) at least one 40-b:c type fire extinguisher shall be provided for each kitchen.

(2) Other equipment. Fire hose lines, water supplies and other auxiliary fire equipment shall be maintained at the site in such numbers and sizes as may be required by the fire chief.

History: cr. Register, march, 1992, no. 435, Eff. 4-1-92.

Ilhr 14.56 Abatement of special fire or panic hazards. Any unforeseen condition that presents a fire hazard or would contribute to the rapid spread of fire, or would delay or interfere with the rapid exit of persons from the tent, or would interfere with or delay the extinguishment of a fire and which is not otherwise covered by this subchapter shall be immediately abated, eliminated or corrected as ordered by the fire chief.

History: cr. Register, march, 1992, no. 435, Eff. 4-1-92.

Ilhr 14.57 Flammable and combustible liquids (1) general. Flammable or combustible liquids may not be stored in a tent nor less than 50 feet from any tent used for public assemblage.

(2) Storage and dispensing. The storage and dispensing of flammable or combustible liquids shall be in accordance with ch. Ilhr 10.

(3) Liquefied petroleum gases. Liquefied petroleum gas may not be stored or used in connection with any tent unless the storage containers, equipment, fittings and appliances, and the placement, use and operation of the equipment comply with ch. Ilhr 11.

History: cr. Register, march, 1992, no. 435, Eff. 4-1-92.

Ilhr 14.58 Housekeeping. (1) Weeds and vegetation. All weeds and flammable vegetation shall be removed from the premises adjacent to or within 35 feet of any tent.

(2) Combustible material. Hay, straw, trash and other flammable material may not be stored less than 35 feet from any tent, except upon special permission from the fire chief.

(3) Combustible waste. The grounds both inside and outside of tents shall be free and clear of combustible waste. The waste shall be stored in approved containers or removed from the premises.

History: cr. Register, march, 1992, no. 435, Eff. 4-1-92.

Wisconsin Administrative Code
Subchapter iii - Tents
ilhr 62.42 Scope. The requirements of this part shall apply to all tents, except those used exclusively for construction purposes.

History: cr. Register, january, 1980, no. 289, Eff.2-1-80.

Ilhr 62.43 Area limitation and setbacks. (1) Area of ground covered. No tent shall be erected to cover more than 75% of the premises on which it is located.

(2) Setback to property line and other structures. (A) tents used for assembly purposes which cover 1500 square feet or more of ground area shall be located at least 20 feet from any other structure or adjoining property lines.

(B) Concession and other tents not used for assembly purposes need not be separated from each other and may be located less than 20 feet from other structures.

(3) Setback for exiting. Stake lines of adjacent tents used for assembly purposes shall be sufficient distance from each other to provide an emergency exit passageway not less than 6 feet in width between stake lines. Proper protection shall be provided along such stake lines to eliminate tripping hazards.

History: cr. Register, january, 1980, no. 289, Eff. 2-1-80.

Ilhr 62.44 Structural requirements. (1) Material size and strength. Poles and other members supporting tents shall be of sufficient size and strength to support the structure safely without exceeding the stresses specified in ch. Ilhr 53.

(2) Wind load. (A) all tents shall be adequately guyed, supported and braced to withstand a wind pressure or suction of not less than 10 pounds per square foot.

(B) The poles, guys, stakes, fastenings and similar devices shall be of sufficient strength and so attached as to resist a wind pressure of at least 20 pounds per square foot of projected area of the tent.

History: cr. Register, january, 1980, no. 289, Eff. 2-1-80.

Ilhr 62.45 Flame resistance. All tents used for assembly purposes or in which animals are stabled and all other tents used by the public in places of outdoor assembly shall be effectively flameproofed. The owner shall furnish a certificate or a test report by a recognized testing engineer or laboratory as evidence that such tents have the required flame resistance.

History: cr. Register, january, 1980, no. 289, Eff. 2-1-80.

Ilhr 62.46 Fire hazards. (1) Clearing of ground. The ground enclosed by an tent used in connection with a place of outdoor assembly and for a distance of not less than 10 feet outside such structure on all sides shall be cleared of all flammable material or vegetation which will transmit fire. The premises shall be kept free from such flammable material during the period the premises are used by the public.

(2) Combustible material for care of animals. No hay, straw, shavings, or similar combustible materials other than that necessary for the current feeding and care of animals shall be permitted within any tents used for public assembly except that sawdust and shavings may be used if kept damp.

(3) No smoking. No smoking or unapproved open flame of any kind shall be permitted in any tent while occupied by the public. "No smoking" signs shall be conspicuously posted in all tents open to the public.

(4) Safety film. Tents shall not be used for motion picture performances unless safety film is used.

(5) Combustible and flammable liquids. Combustible and flammable liquids shall be isolated in accordance with ch. Ilhr 10.

History: cr. Register, january, 1980, no. 289, Eff. 2-1-80; Cr. (5), Register, march, 1991, no. 423, Eff. 4-1-91.

Ilhr 62.47 Exits. (1) Number of exits. (A) every tent occupied by the public shall have at least 2 standard exits located at or near opposite ends of the structure.

(B) In tents used for assembly purposes, exits shall be provided on 3 sides if the capacity exceeds 600 persons and on 4 sides where the capacity exceeds 1,000 persons.

(2) Exit distance. Exits shall be uniformly distributed but in no case shall the line of travel to an exit be greater than 150 feet.

(3) Exit width. The total width of exits from a tent used for assembly purposes shall be not less than 44 inches per 100 persons. Exit openings shall comply in all respects with the requirements of ss. Ilhr 51.15 And 55.10.

History: cr. Register, january, 1980, no. 289, Eff. 2-1-80.

Ilhr 62.48 Toilet facilities. Separate toilet facilities, in conjunction with all tents used as places of outdoor assembly, shall be provided in accordance with s. Ilhr 55.32. Toilet rooms and equipment shall comply with the requirements of ss. Ilhr 52.50-52.64 Of this code or as approved by the department.

History: cr. Register, january, 1980, no. 289, Eff. 2-1-80.

Ilhr 62.49 Electrical installations. (1) General. Electrical systems in all tents used as places of outdoor assembly shall be installed in accordance with the requirements of the wisconsin state electrical code, volume 2, ch. Ilhr 16. All such systems shall be maintained and operated in a safe and workmanlike manner.

(2) Protection and isolation. The electrical system and equipment shall be isolated from the public by proper elevation and guarding. All electrical fuses and switches shall be installed in approved enclosures. Cables laid on the ground or in areas traversed by the public shall be placed in trenches or protected by approved covers.

History: cr. Register, january, 1980, no. 289, Eff. 2-1-80.

Ilhr 62.50* Fire extinguishers. (1) General. Portable fire extinguishers shall be installed as specified in table 62.50.

* See appendix a for further explanatory material.

Table 62.50
Basic Minimum
Extinguisher Rating
Maximum Travel Distance
to Extinguisher (Feet)
Area to be Protected
per Extinguisher (sq. ft.)
1A 75 3,000
2A 75 6,000
3A 75 9,000
4A or larger 75 11,250

(2) Location. (A) extinguishers shall be conspicuously located where they will be readily accessible and immediately available in the event of fire.

(B) Extinguishers shall not be obstructed or obscured from view.

(3) Maintenance. Portable fire extinguishers shall be maintained as specified in s. Ilhr 51.22.

History: cr. Register, january, 1980, no. 289, Eff. 2-1-80, R. And recr., Register, december, 1981, no. 32, Eff. 1-1-82.

Ilhr 62.51 Illumination; exit lights and signs. (1) Lighting of exits. All exits, aisles and passageways leading to exits in tents used as places of outdoor assembly shall be kept adequately lighted at all times when the structure is occupied by the public. Artificial illumination having an intensity of not less than 2.5 Footcandles at the floor line shall be provided when natural light is inadequate.

(2) Illuminated exit signs. Exit lights and signs complying with the requirements of s. Ilhr 55.11 Shall be provided in all tents used as places of outdoor assembly where more than 100 persons can be accommodated.

History: cr. Register, january, 1980, no. 289, Eff. 2-1-80.