Back to Basics: Temporary Place of Assembly
Temporary Place of Assembly (TPA) permits are usually obtained for a specific event in a space that is not otherwise a Public Assembly (PA) with a Certificate of Operation. TPAs may also be issued for temporary configurations in existing permanent PA spaces.
TPAs are required for gatherings of 75 people or more in an indoor space or roof terrace and also for gatherings of 200 people or more in a confined outdoor space (excluding terraces).
The duration of a permit can range from one day (for a specific event) to thirty days and any physical work which may be required must be filed as a separate Alt 2 permit application.
The following are needed to file a TPA request:
- Plans, including furniture layout (signed & sealed by licensed professional)
- Architect’s request letter describing event including specific dates and time of event (signed & sealed by licensed professional)
- Owner’s request letter describing event including specific dates and time of event
- 1 certified fire guard per 100 people
- DOB Filing Fee
Before the TPA event, an FDNY inspection must be scheduled and paid for. Additionally, during the TPA event approved plans must be readily available on-site and the DOB acceptance letter must be available.