FIRE & SAFETY REGULATIONS

Permittees, Event Service Contractors and exhibitors must comply with all Federal, State and City fire codes that apply to places of public assembly as well as any applicable OSHA regulations.

FIRE MARSHAL
The MCC retains the right to require Fire Marshal personnel for any size or type of event. All Fire Marshal Services will be arranged through Guest Services and Permittee is responsible for associated costs. Because of smoke detector beams located throughout the building, Fire Marshal personnel may be required for move-in/ out periods based on, but not limited to, rigging, setup, hazing or fogging. Public events are required, through the City, to have a Fire Marshal on duty during show hours. In addition, a Fire Marshal may be required for private events during show hours depending on the number of guests and/or type of event. Please advise the MCC well in advance of any activities that may degrade (i.e. block) smoke detector beams.

PERMITS
Written authorization by MCC management and the M.F.D. Fire Prevention Bureau shall be required for, but not limited to, the following:

  • Operation of any heater, barbecue, heat producing or open flame devices, candles, lanterns, torches, welding equipment, smoke emitting devices or materials, etc.
  • Operation of any electrical, mechanical or chemical devices which may be deemed hazardous by the M.F.D. Fire Prevention Bureau.
  • Use or storage of flammable liquids, compressed gases, or dangerous chemicals.
  • Use or storage of any fireworks/pyrotechnics.

A “Special Event Permit” for an open flame may be obtained from the M.F.D. Fire Prevention Bureau. Application forms are available at http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/regservices/regservices_special or by calling (612) 673-5897. There is a charge for each permit.

BUTANE

  • An Open Flame permit (Special Events / Operational Permit) must be obtained and kept in the exhibit booth at all
    times
  • One fire extinguisher 2-A: 10-BC or greater must be present for each open flame device
  • 20 lb. maximum tank
  • A minimum of 10′ must separate each open flame device and any combustible materials
  • Butane tanks may not be stored in the exhibit area or in the building. Tanks must be stored 50’ from the building.

CANDLES

  • An Open Flame permit (Special Events / Operational Permit) must be obtained and kept in the exhibit booth at all
    times
  • Any open flame must be securely supported on substantial noncombustible base and open flame is protected

EXHIBITS (COVERED AND MULTI-LEVEL)
The following shall be protected by a M.F.D. and MCC management approved automatic fire suppression system:

  • Single-level exhibit booths with ceilings that exceed 300 sq. ft.
  • Each level of multi-level exhibit booths, including the uppermost level if the uppermost level is covered with a ceiling
  • Enclosed semi-tractor trailers or other enclosed trailers over 300 sq. ft. when used as a walk-through or fold out/expanding exhibit
  • Detailed pictures, schematics and the proposed use of these exhibit types listed above must be submitted to the Events Department at least 60 days prior to move-in, to ensure the use in the facility
  • This requirement is part of a nationally recognized code and is adopted by the State as part of the Minnesota Uniform Fire Code

FOGGING OR HAZING
Prior approval from the MCC must be obtained before any fogging or hazing takes place. Only water-based hazers and foggers are permitted. Additional restrictions may apply for fogging or hazing in Hall A. A Fire Marshal may be required.

FOOD PREPARATION (DEEP FRYING & GRILLING)
Permittee or Permitee’s exhibitors may request to use gas or electric cooking devices in a manner that produce grease laden vapors. Where use of such devices is approved by the MCC, the following requirements will apply:

  • Must be constantly attended by a qualified, responsible adult (18+ year old)
  • K Class portable extinguisher must be readily available and stored with the cooking space
  • Submit storage and transport plan for cooking oil
  • Submit make and model of cooking device. Product must have a substantive base and containment for oil
  • Cooking areas must be separated from each other by 10-feet

Grilling (charcoal or propane) inside of the MCC is prohibited. Exceptions may be granted if the Exhibitor or Permittee consults with MCC to approve and designate a grilling area in the MCC’s marshalling yard.

GASOLINE/DIESEL POWERED VEHICLES
Operation of gasoline or diesel-powered vehicles is permitted during move-in/out periods. Gasoline/Diesel vehicles on display in exhibit areas require prior approval and may not be operated during show hours. Gasoline/Diesel operated vehicles on display must have:

  • Fuel tank caps locked or taped shut
  • Battery cables disconnected
  • A gas tank fuel level of no more than ¼ full or five gallons, whichever is less
  • Protective covering under tires on terrazzo or carpeted surfaces

Any vehicle that drips oil or other staining solutions may not be operated within the MCC without a drip pan or dry absorption powder. Permittee and/or exhibitors will be charged for all cleaning and/or replacement costs for stain removal. Exhibit Hall A has additional requirements for gasoline/diesel powered vehicles. Please contact the Event Coordinator for further information.

HOLIDAY TREES AND HOLIDAY DECORATIONS

  • Natural or resin bearing trees and branches used for wreaths, garland, etc. must be treated with a flame retardant
  • Every natural or resin bearing tree used for holiday decoration, regardless of the type of tree, shall be so placed, kept and maintained so that the butt or bottom end of the trunk is at all times immersed in not less than two (2) inches of water
  • No cotton batting, straw, dry vines or leaves, celluloid or other flammable material shall be used unless fireproofed in a manner approved by the M.F.D. Fire Prevention Bureau
  • No trees or natural wreaths, etc., shall be placed in or immediately adjacent to exit areas, light wells or stairwells in the building
  • No candles shall be used on holiday trees or natural wreaths, etc. No electrical decorations shall be used on holiday trees or natural wreaths, etc.
  • All artificial trees and wreaths must be flame retardant and lights must be U.L. approved

LIQUID PETROLEUM (LP)

  • An Open Flame permit (Special Events / Operational Permit) must be obtained and kept in the exhibit booth at all times
  • One fire extinguisher 2-A: 10-BC or greater must be present for each open flame device
  • Five pound maximum tank
  • A minimum of 20′ must separate each open flame device and any combustible materials
  • LP tanks, both empty and full, may not be stored in the exhibit area, on the dock or in the building. Tanks must be stored 50’ from the building
  • If an LP tank is permanently installed in a vehicle that will be displayed in the MCC, the tank must be completely empty (purged); detachable LP tanks are to be removed from the building

NATURAL GAS
Access to natural gas sources in the MCC is limited. In addition to any other applicable regulations governing the use of natural gas, a natural gas pipeline may not be extended across any aisle or walkway.

PRESSURIZED CYLINDERS
All pressurized cylinders holding any type of gas (helium, nitrogen, LP, etc.) must be secured to an object in an upright position while being used in the MCC. The object must be one that will keep the cylinder from falling over, such as a column, appropriate dolly or table that has been approved by the MCC.

Exhibitors may have cylinders that are used for displayed purposes. Any pound capacity can be used and must have the following:

  • Valve off;
  • Drilled hole at the top of the cylinder;
  • Cutaway; or
  • Brand new – never been used

PYROTECHNICS
Pyrotechnics are permitted within the MCC under controlled conditions and only in specific locations. All proper permits must be obtained through the M.F.D. by a State licensed pyro-technician and a copy of the permit needs to be submitted to the MCC.

There are additional insurance requirements for pyrotechnics. See the Event Services Department for more information. In the event that the insurance required is not provided or is canceled, the pyrotechnics company will not be permitted to begin setup of their event. Once proper proof of insurance is provided, the MCC will permit the pyrotechnics company to proceed with the event.

SMOKE DETECTORS
Smoke detector beams in the Auditorium, Ballroom and Exhibit Halls cannot be blocked (degraded) by displays, signs, technical or theatrical equipment without appropriate fire safety personnel present during all move-in/out and event hours. Please contact the Event Coordinator for locations and more information.

STERNO

  • An Open Flame permit (Special Events / Operational Permit) must be obtained and kept in the exhibit booth at all times
  • One fire extinguisher 2-A: 10-BC or greater must be present for each open flame device