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Heating Outdoor Tents

Heating Outdoor Tents during COVID-19
Posted on 06/04/2020
Local jurisdictions are allowing businesses to open back up, and with reopening comes guidelines to minimize the spread of COVID-19.  Some businesses are offering outdoor areas to help keep patrons safe, featuring outdoor seating and tables under tents.  With the onset of winter, businesses want to heat these outdoor areas for the comfort of their customers. Several fire and life safety issues must be considered when heating outdoor tents.

The City's Guidelines on Heating Outdoor Tents is intended to help businesses safely heat tents installed for outdoor dining and other commercial activities.  Heat sources covered by this guide include electric, natural gas, or liquefied petroleum gas such as propane or butane.

For more information about business use of outdoor space, see the City's Guidelines for Use of Outdoor Space under "Safe Start - Stay Healthy" Phased Reopening.

Please contact Pat Lawler, Building Official at (425)-877-2297 for questions about tent heating. For general questions, contact the City of Woodinville Development Services Dept. at We are committed to responding to requests quickly to support businesses reopening.