The city council for Orange, Texas, has adopted a new ordinance to require permits for large tents. According to the Orange Leader, the new requirement means that no one will be able to put up a tent in Orange for any public assembly without first getting a tent permit. Exceptions to this include when the tent is part of a city-approved festival or event lasting between one and three days.
City manager Shawn Oubre said the tent code is not intended to disallow charities, nonprofits or functions such as Mardi Gras. It also would not apply to tents needed after hurricanes and in other emergency situations. The council’s motion to adopt the ordinance passed unanimously.