Some events require a special event permit from the City of University Park, even if it is held on-campus.
A special event, defined by the City, is a temporary event or gathering, using either private or public property, including a circus, carnival, fair, parade or other event, display or sale of objects or art, and/or performance of music or celebration of event on a political, religious, or social issue which involves specific activities.
Visit the University Park Special Event Permits page for more details.
Permits are required for some tents and other membrane like structures through the City of University Park Fire Marshal’s Office (Tents are any temporary membrane structure or canopy). Permits are required for a tent larger than 400 sq. ft. (i.e. – special events, carnivals, business promotions). The City will collect a $50 fee for each permit. Most SMU preferred tent vendors will take care of obtaining these permits on their own. However, if they do not, you will need to ensure the proper permits are obtained prior to the event. Please submit copies of all tent permits to Risk.Management@smu.edu.
To obtain a tent permit, please visit the University Park Fire Marshal’s website.