Permitting Process for Your Phoenix Dome

When setting up your Phoenix Dome, it's essential to understand the permitting requirements that may apply based on your intended use and location. Here's a comprehensive guide to help you navigate the permitting process.

Understanding Permitting Requirements for Your Dome
Intended Use and Legal Requirements:
  • The need for permits varies significantly depending on how you plan to use your dome. Residential domes, rental businesses, public spaces, and visible dwellings typically require permits. However, domes used for temporary or personal use in rural areas might not need permits if there are no complaints from neighbors.

Provincial, State, and Local Regulations:

  • Regulations differ across provinces, states, and municipalities. It's crucial to research the specific requirements in your area well in advance to ensure compliance. Contact your local building authority to get detailed information on the permitting process and any necessary documentation.
Temporary Structures and Rural Use

Dome Classification:

  • Our domes are technically classified as tents or temporary structures that can be dismantled in a day. This classification often simplifies the permitting process, especially in rural areas where building codes may be less stringent.

Rural Considerations:

  • Many customers in rural areas choose to skip the permitting process altogether, relying on the fact that their dome is a temporary structure. As long as neighbors do not object, this approach is usually acceptable. However, always check with local authorities to avoid potential issues.
Permitting for Rental Businesses and Public Spaces

Rental Businesses:

  • If you plan to use your dome as a rental property, obtaining the necessary permits is crucial. Permits ensure that your dome meets safety standards and regulatory requirements, providing peace of mind for both you and your guests.

Public Spaces and Visible Dwellings:

  • For domes located in public spaces or highly visible areas, permits are often mandatory. These permits ensure that your dome complies with local building codes and safety regulations.
Support from Phoenix Domes

Engineer-Stamped Ratings:

  • To assist with the permitting process, Phoenix Domes provides complimentary engineer-stamped snow and wind load ratings for Alberta (AB), British Columbia (BC), New Brunswick (NB), Nova Scotia (NS), and Ontario (ON) for all major dome sizes. Our domes can withstand between 60-120 psf snow load and winds up to 320 km/h, ensuring robust performance in various weather conditions.

Additional Documentation:

  • We can also provide fire testing data and stamped plans for exact-fit wooden platforms. These documents are typically sufficient for building inspectors, helping to streamline the permitting process.

Municipal Variability:

  • Each municipality has its own approach to alternative structures like domes. While our documentation is designed to meet most requirements, some areas may require additional engineering studies. Generally, Canada’s East Coast is more familiar with domes and has established precedents, while the West Coast may present more challenges.
Final Tips

Research and Preparation:

  • Start your permitting process early to allow ample time for research and preparation. Gather all necessary documents and reach out to local authorities for guidance.

Consult with Experts:

  • If you're unsure about any part of the process, consider consulting with a local engineer or building consultant who has experience with alternative structures.

Stay Informed:

  • Regulations can change, so staying informed about the latest building codes and permitting requirements in your area is essential for a smooth setup.

By understanding and following the permitting process, you can ensure that your Phoenix Dome is compliant with local regulations, providing a safe and secure environment for you and your guests.