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GCC Bay Area Houston
Mardi Gras 2009
Null-Lairson Dannenbaum Engineering
City of Galveston
News Release
Sunday, February 01, 2009

Safety First: Certify Your Canopy for Mardi Gras

The City of Galveston is looking forward to safely celebrating Mardi Gras! Galveston 2009.  You too can plan your festivities with the safety of your guests in mind.  Read on to learn more about the regulations governing canopies and awnings. 

Regulations for Canopies & Awnings

A canopy to be used as a viewing stand during Mardi Gras must be certified by a State of Texas licensed engineer, to withstand minimum live and dead load factors, in accordance with the 2006 International Building Code.  Proof of Certification must be provided to the Planning Department by: February 11, 2009.   

Handrails/guardrails

All necessary handrails/guardrails must be installed.  Please note a building permit must be obtained in advance of the railing installation.  Mardi Gras occurs within the Strand/Mechanic Historic District, which prohibits the alteration of the exterior of the structures without Landmark Commission approval.  It is the property owner’s responsibility to ensure that all guardrails, which are placed for the events, are removed within 14-days after the conclusion of the festivities.   

Compliance

Using the canopy without certification and/or guardrails will constitute a threat to public safety.  Consequently, all of the activities conducted upon the deck will cease immediately, and charges will be filed against the owner of the building in Municipal Court.  It is the property owner’s responsibility to contact the tenants in the buildings and inform them of the regulations.  Failure to comply will result in charges in Municipal Court.   

For more information, please contact the City’s Building Division by calling (409) 797-3620.




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