Exhibit and Trade Show Permit

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Sandy City Utah Trade Show Permit Application

Trade Show Permit Application
Requirements and Process

All trade show exhibit events held within Sandy City limits require a Trade Show Exhibit permit as per International Fire Code section 105.6.14; "An operational permit is required to operate exhibits and trade shows." Permits are issued by the Sandy City Fire Department after an application has been submitted by the show promoter and reviewed by the Sandy City Fire Department Fire Marshal Division.


You must start by coordinating with your event's facility representative to submit plans for review. Do not fill out this application until you have worked with your venue's facility rep to obtain approved plans. Please carefully review the 'Application Requirements' section below prior to filling out this form. 

NOTE: Expedited Review Fee applies to events occurring 72 hours or less from application submission. (Fee rate doubles.)

Event permits are a collaboration between your event's facility representatives and Sandy City Fire Department. Below is a list to help clarify the process. While expedited permits are available for events occurring within 3 days of our application, additional fees apply. We recommend giving yourself ample time to complete this process, gain approved plans, and schedule any additional inspections that may be required.

  1. Contact a facilities representative at your event venue
  2. Submit event plans to your facilities rep:
    A floor plan or diagram showing the event layout. This floor plan needs to identify exits, extinguishers, and standpipe connections as well as electrical panels. It should also identify, which areas of the building the event is in (ie. Hall 1 and 2), square footage and width of aisles and any other pertinent information.
  3. Your facilities rep will review event plans with a Sandy City Fire Marshal for approval
  4. Make any corrections required to receive approved plans
  5. Fill out this application and upload your approved plans
  6. Pay permit fees online (you'll be prompted)
  7. Save the online receipt that appears in your browser
  8. Take receipt and approved plans to your event facility
  9. If inspection is required call: 801-568-2943 or 801-568-2930

  • 0 – 5,000 Square Feet = $223
  • 5,001 – 10,000 Square Feet = $269
  • 10,001 – 25,000 Square Feet = $359
  • 25,001 – 50,000 Square Feet = $445
  • 50,001 – 80,000 Square Feet = $525
  • 80,001 – 125,000 Square Feet = $611
  • 125,001 – 200,000 Square Feet = $696
  • 125,001 – 200,000 Square Feet = $696
  • 200,00 – 220,000 Square Feet = $805
  • 220,000 – 240,000 Square Feet = $914
  • 240,000 – 260,000 Square Feet = $1,023
  • 260,000 – 280,000 Square Feet = $1,132
  • Expedited Review Fee 72 hours or less = Double the permit fee cost


  1. The applicant or show promotor is responsible to make sure that all areas of the International Fire Code and NFPA are complied with.
  2. Three feet of clearance shall be maintained around all fire extinguishers, electrical panels and any other fire protection equipment. ( 2015 IFC 605.3, 906.6)(Current Edition of NFPA 13, NFPA 72)
  3. All fire protection equipment, to include alarms, shall not be obstructed. (Current Edition of NFPA 72)
  4. Any vehicles stored within the building shall have batteries disconnected, fuel down to ¼ of a tank or 5 gallons, whichever is less, fuel cap or fill opens shall be secured, vehicles, boats, or other motorcraft equipment are not fueled or defueled within the building. (2015 IFC 314.4)
  5. No spray painting within the building. (2015 IFC chapter 24)
  6. Compressed gas cylinders are only allowed if they are new and empty or they meet the requirements of the International Fire Code.
  7. Propane/Butane cylinders used in hand torches, portable cooking equipment and similar applications shall comply with UL 147B, (United Laboratory) Standard Non-refillable (Disposal) Type Fuel Gas Cylinder Assemblies. 2003 NFPA. Demonstration uses. Portable LP-gas containers are allowed to be used temporarily for demonstrations and public exhibitions. Such containers shall not exceed a water capacity of 12 pounds(5kg). Where more than one such container is present in the same room, each container shall be separated from the other containers by a distance of not less than 20 feet.(2015 IFC 6103.2.1.5)
  8. Exit width of the exit doors shall be maintained 20 feet from the doors and leading out of the doors toward the exterior of the building.
  9. No parking in front of fire hydrants.
  10. Multi plug adapters such as cube adapters, unfused plug strips or any other device not complying with NFPA 70 shall be prohibited. Extension Cords and flexible cords shall not be a substitute for permanent wiring. Extension cords and flexible cords shall not be affixed to structures extended through walls, ceilings or floors, or under doors or floor coverings, nor shall such cords be subject to environmental damage or physical impact. Extension cords shall be used only with portable appliances. (2015 IFC 605.4 and 605.5, NFPA 70)
  11. Allowed fat fryers is one that can be set on a table. Any one booth cannot have more than 32 pounds of oil capacity. Portable Fryers shall be placed on rear tables in the booth or be placed a minimum of five feet from the public to prevent splashing and burns. Where a portable cooking fryer is used, shall be constructed of a non-combustible surface or covered with a non-combustible material. A minimum of 18 inches of clearance around the portable fryer unit shall be maintained. Walls, decorative drapes, etc. behind the portable fryer unit shall be covered with a non-combustible material up to the top of the wall or drape. Each fryer will require a minimum of one class “K” extinguisher placed within 30’(feet) of the fryer. (2015 IFC Section 609)
  12. Event producers, Exhibitors, Vendors, etc. that desire the use of an open flame for display, exhibit, cooking, etc. shall be required to apply for an Open Flame/Burn Permit. The application will be reviewed and issued by the Sandy City Fire Department Fire Marshal Office, and will outline the conditions of the permit. The use of any type of open flame will be prohibited without the possession of the Open Flame/Burn Permit. This permit may be applied for at; https://sandy.utah.gov/departments/fire-department/fire-marshal or by calling 801-568-2930.
  13. Any enclosed or covered exhibit, including trailers, canopies, awnings etc. exceeding 100 square feet, must have a smoke alarm installed at the peak of the structure. Covered exhibits that are 300 square feet or greater will require fire watch.
  14. Tree branches, haystacks, saw dust or other highly combustible materials shall not be allowed in any exhibit. All drapes, curtains, table coverings, skirts, carpet or any decorative materials used in exhibits must have a fire rating tag and/or documentation that shows that they are flame retardant.(2015 IFC Chapter 8)