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Fire safety plans for events

All events that occur in Calgary have to comply with specific Alberta Fire Code requirements. One of these requirements is to have a fire safety plan. When submitting your permit application, two copies or an electronic copy of a floor/area layout must be included.

Are you looking for more information about special event fire code requirements?

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Information on who needs a plan, how to submit a plan, where to store them, and other requirements can be found on our fire safety plans page.

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Creating event fire safety plans

Event fire safety plan must contain all of the following information.

Site plan

Site plans must identify

  • Emergency vehicle access points and routes (minimum six metres wide)
  • Emergency exits and escape routes
  • Emergency signage
  • Muster points (if applicable)
  • Location of fire extinguishers and first aid kits
  • Contingency plans for the disabled or physically impaired
  • Floor/area layouts
  • Name of all streets or areas that are part of the special event
  • Location and dimensions of stages, booths, cooking areas, bars, etc
  • List of all vendors, including details of operations (cooking and food service, retail souvenirs, etc.)
  • Location and dimensions of all tents
  • Location of fencing and the location and dimensions of exits

Fenced-in compounds must feature a means of exit other than through the building or tent if an occupant load is required for the area.

Contact information

Including the names and titles of the responsible parties and their phone numbers.

Security information

  • Number of pay duty officers (Calgary Police Service), professional and/or volunteer security forces
  • How volunteers will be identified, and their level of authority
  • How security officers will open secured exits
  • The occupant load of the facility and the anticipated attendance, and how an accurate count will be kept

Announcements

A description of who will be making announcements, the type of audio or public address system that will be used and the content of announcements.

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