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Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement
2145 Suttle Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28208

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2145 Suttle Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28208

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Hours: Mon-Fri  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Contact

Customer Service
980-314-CODE(2633)

COVID-19 Testing/Vaccination Facilities

Process for Temporary Tents and Unlabeled Modular Buildings to be used for COVID-19 Testing and/or Vaccine Distribution

Permitting for Temporary COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Facilities: An Overview

In a memo dated Nov. 23, 2020, the North Carolina State Fire Marshal's Office provided instruction on the permitting and inspection of tents and temporary modular buildings designed for COVID-19 testing or vaccine distribution. In accordance with that guidance, Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement offers the following workflow for customers to permit these tents and temporary structures and obtain the proper permits and inspections.

The recommended strategy is to call our Special Projects Team as early as possible. They can assist with the process of obtaining the proper permits and inspections as efficiently as possible.

Modular Building Permit Application (180-Day Temporary Use) 

  • A building permit application will be needed for submittal and completed with the associated contractor's information preforming the work with a scope of work memo (at a minimum, a building and electrical contractor).
  • The contractors also will need to have an account with Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement (surety bond) before a permit can be issued.

Documentation required for permitting/review

Building /Structure

  • Site plan – to include location of structure on the property, the distances from any other structures and any required fire separation that may be necessary based on the type of construction of all the structures per chapter 7 of the NCSBC 2018. 
  • Protection barriers as needed to protect pedestrians and modular structures as needed. (Code enforcement official will help determine need.) 
  • Structures Listed and Labeled – If you are installing a third-party listed and labeled structure which is recognized by the N.C. Department of Insurance Office of the State Fire Marshal, a completed set of documents will be required for submittal and review,
  • Structures Non- Listed or Labeled- Per the memo issued from the NCSFMO, a Design Professional (engineer or architect) will need to submit a document with the following criteria for compliance for plan review:
    • The structural strength and stability of the overall construction of the building in meeting the NCSBC 2018 for compliances. This would include but not be limited to the materials used, framing and fasteners of all elements and components for the structure.
    • Foundation anchoring will be required for meeting adequate resistance to wind loads for overturning and uplift as required by the 2018 NCSBC.
    • Minimum floor load at 50 psf.
    • Minimum accessibility ramps load is 100 psf.
    • Minimum roof load is 20 psf.
  • Needs to reflect compliance for lighting and ventilation requirement per the 2018 NCSBC.
  • Compliance with the accessibility requirement as per the NC Codes and to ICC A117.1-2009.
  • A sketch will be required for the accessible ramp and platform which will include the material type (wood, metal, etc.), heights of guard rail/handrail and locations, edge protection type, size and locations.
  • Dimensions of the doors and landing showing the 18" on the pull side clearance, size and dimensions of ramp.

Electrical Permit

  • Drawing(s) are required showing the location of existing panels, used to derive power, wiring methods and overcurrent devices and sizes. For all overhead services please show or state proper NEC compliant aerial method or for temporary ground wiring showing compliance to the NEC protection and wiring method.
  • For any concealed wiring in non-third party labeled structures, an engineer's letter stating wiring methods meet the NEC requirements for bonding, grounding, wiring methods, etc.
  • Location of secondary grounding means along with types and sizes when required.

 

Sanitation/Plumbing

  • For labeled or non-labeled structures, the placement (location) on the site is important, and where sanitary facilities cannot be reached within travel distance requirements, an individual accessibility-compliant portable facility shall be provided OR
  • For those labeled or non-labeled structures that are being provided, a letter from building owner stating indoor facilities will be provided and available for use when travel distances can be met in lieu of temporary ADA facilities being provided.  When using this option, the letter must state hours of operation of business providing supporting facilities and the pod (testing/vaccination temporary facility) is only allowed to operate during these business hours AND

  • Additional signage as may be required by the code enforcement official when necessary.

 

Temporary Tents, Canopies Permits

  • Tents shall be limited to maximum size 800 square feet.
  • Tents shall not be placed where it affects entrance to or egress from the existing building.
  • Tents shall not be occupied when ¼" or more of ice is present on the roof of the tent.
  • Tents shall not be occupied when windspeeds  exceed or are expected to exceed 58 mph which equates to a severe thunderstorm as defined by the National Weather Service.
  • The membrane of the tent shall comply with North Carolina State Building Code, section 3102.3.1 which requires the membrane to meet the fire propagation performance criteria test methods 1 or test method 2 of NFPA 701 and labeled as required.
  • The frame of the tent shall be noncombustible material or aluminum.
  • Tents shall be anchored as required by the manufacturers.
  • Tents 120sf or less are not required by the North Carolina State Building Code, section 3103.1.2 to have a building permit and because the tents are limited to 800 square feet, no fire permit is required per North Carolina Fire prevention Code, Section 3103.2.2.
  • Support ropes and/or guide wires, if used, shall be clearly marked or have barriers in place to prevent pedestrian injury.
  • Combustion type heating shall not be allowed under tents that have enclosed or partially enclosed sides excluding a maximum 12" band around the top of the tent.  Portable gas fire heaters shall not be used within the tents.
  • An electric heating unit shall be allowed in any tent if the unit is as follows:
    • In compliance with the North Carolina Electrical Code
    • Properly connected to an electrical source
    • Listed and labeled for such use
    • Placed as required by the manufacturer and the listing
  • Tents shall be handicapped-accessible unless equivalent accommodations are provided within an adjacent handicapped-accessible building or provided to patrons without exiting their vehicle.   

 

Removal

  • When the structure is being removed, please contact your code enforcementvofficial for the process and procedures in bring the site back into compliance.

 

Contact Us

Howard Grindstaff – Code Enforcement Manager for Special Projects Team

Howard.Grindstaff@MeckNC.gov

Phone – 980.314.3171 

 



Address

Mailing Address:

Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement
2145 Suttle Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28208

Office Location:


2145 Suttle Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28208

MAP

Hours: Mon-Fri  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Contact

Customer Service
980-314-CODE(2633)

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