Fire Marshal’s Did Not Create the Tent Rental Business

Fire Marshal’s did not create the tent rental business you did and if you are comfortable with the current regulations in your jurisdiction and you feel that it is what it is then you have made a decision and crafted a business model that works within the system. However, if you believe that the codes do not reflect the best interest of your company and your customer, there are options available. Doing nothing and blaming it on the AHJ is not a good option.You can become an advocate for safety and re-define the regulations that are restrictive or outdated. To become an advocate, start with understanding the current rules before trying to modify the code. The first procedure is incorporating a “Common Body of Knowledge” that you and the AHJ’S can access to formulate a “Reasonable Expectation.”

Your “Common Body of Knowledge” are living documents that represent the collective knowledge of your company.

Your documents must describe acceptable practices within the process of creating your client’s event including shared collaboration among vendors along with maintaining professional standards and direction used by the experts of your profession.This material should include the policies and procedures that are essential in becoming compliant within the current regulations.

The next step is addressing “Reasonable Expectations.” We are suggesting you follow the lead of Steve Adelman’s article on “Best Practices” and stay within the confines of what Steve maintains that we are doing the right thing. “Reasonable Expectation” can be applied in principle to the interruption of regulations whenever there is an uncertainty between AHJ’S, tent rental companies, and event partners. To strengthen your argument for “Reasonable Expectation” with an AHJ refer to the International Building Code Section 107

To strengthen your argument for “Reasonable Expectation” with an AHJ refer to the International Building Code Section 107

Exception: The building official is authorized to waive the submission of construction documents and other data not required to be prepared by a registered design professional if it is found that the nature of the work applied for is such that review of construction documents is not necessary to obtain compliance with this code.

Usually, difficulty arises when there are plausible, competing interpretations of regulations. Clarity is an essential prerequisite to the suggestion of the reasonable expectations principle.

We are modeling your plan using SAFTSE’S framework which outlines reasonable expectations and the threshold of limitations for tent and party rental companies. SAFTSE’S guidelines place an emphasis on permits, inspections, and evacuation procedures, thus beginning a series of consensus documents for tent rental companies, event planners, and AHJ’S.

Here you have the basic plan for creating your stand-alone company advocate for safety program or perhaps…..

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