Tents and Amplified Sound Guidelines

Purpose:  These guidelines are to provide a basic understanding of how tents can be placed on University property to insure proper safety precautions are adhered to, and to protect/preserve University property. 

Official University Policies:


  • Safeguard against injury and loss of life due to penetrating underground utilities with equipment or stakes.
  • Protect infrastructure from costly damage and interruption of utility services to University and general public.

Types of Temporary Tents Covered Under These Guidelines:   A Tent Permit is required for all tents that exceed 399 square feet or any tent that has anchoring stakes 12 inches or longer. The joining together of more than two pop-up tents is prohibited, as pop-up tents do not meet NFPA (Chapter 8) and IFC (Section 3104) requirements for proper fire and life safety protections.

Time Period of Tent Erection:  Tent Permit Requests must be submitted ten (10) business days prior to date tent will be installed.  The temporary commercial tent must not be erected more than two (2) days prior to the event (noon on Thursday for a Saturday game) and must be removed not later than one (1) day after the event.  Pop-up tents may not be erected until 4:00 PM on Friday before the game.

Beginning in 2011, commercial tent sites are no longer available on Nichols  and Wallace lawns.  Exception to Nichols lawn rule applies to Reserve Officer Training Corps.

Authorized Tent Locations:    

Non Auburn University Affiliated Requests:  Within the boundaries of Magnolia Ave, College St, Samford Ave, and Wire Road there are 9 designated spaces which the public may be authorized to use during Football Gamedays. These spaces are located at:  The Southeast corner of Donahue and Magnolia, the Southwest corner of Mell St. and Thach Ave(4) and the Northwest corner of Duncan and Samford Av.  These sites may be assigned to local tent rental companies to ensure that the tents are erected by qualified personnel and are in compliance with all criteria and regulations.  Areas outside these boundaries will be approved on a first come first served basis.

Auburn University Affiliated Requests:  Auburn University requests for tent permits will follow these same procedures.  The requested location for the tent site will be approved on an as requested basis.

Auburn University Athletic Spaces:  Requests for areas under the Athletic Department Control will use the Tent Permit Request form and request will be routed to the Auburn University Athletic Department for approval.

Location of Underground Utilities:  Prior to erection of any tent underground utilities are required to be located and properly marked.  It is the responsibility of the tent erection personnel to ensure this has been completed.  The University will provide locating services which must be requested 7 days prior to the installation of the tent.  The work order is included as part of the Tent Permit, questions regarding location services should be directed to 334-703-0615. 
Apply for Tent Permit.

Noise Permit/Amplified Sound:  It is the responsibility of the tent users to ensure that the University Noise/Amplified Sound Policies are adhered to.  Questions regarding noise permits should be directed to 334-703-0615 or 334-844-8584
Apply for Amplified Sound Permit.

Last Updated: July 26, 2019