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Permit Information

New Bern Fire-Rescue’s Bureau of Fire Prevention is responsible for issuing a variety of permits for the City of New Bern.  These permits are broken up into three categories and their corresponding applications as detailed below. Click on the links to go to each permit type's individual page, which contains further information and links to download/submit plans and applications.

Fire Protection Systems Permits, which cover:

  • Fire Alarms
  • Hood Systems
  • Standpipes
  • Sprinklers
  • Other fire systems

Special Event Permits, which cover:

  • Campfires for warmth or cooking
  • Covered mall buildings
  • Events
  • Fairs
  • Carnivals
  • Fireworks displays
  • Mall displays
  • Trade shows
  • Yard Sales
  • Vehicle Sales

Tent Permits

Tent permits are required under the following circumstances:

  • Individual fabric tents, canopies and awnings open on all sides are greater than 700 square feet (20 feet by 35 feet)
  • Multiple tents, canopies, and awnings placed side-by-side shall not exceed 700 square feet (20 feet by 35 feet) without permit, unless there is a fire break clearance of 12 feet between each tent, canopy, or awning