ABCB Temporary Structure Standard

Thursday, 27 August 2015

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) published a new Standard for temporary structures on 26 August 2015.

The ABCB Standard addresses health, fire safety and structural requirements for temporary structures. It has been developed for use by State and Territory approval authorities as a primary document of reference for the design, construction and use of temporary structures which are primarily used for the purpose of public assembly. The introduction of the new Standard also ensures that requirements for temporary structures are suitable and consistent across Australia.

Within Victoria, the VBA issues occupancy permits for prescribed temporary structures that are used for the purpose of public entertainment, such as tents, marquees and stages.

The VBA adopted the new standard as of 26 August 2015 within their prescribed temporary structure policy and procedures for assessing applications for occupancy permits, while consideration for the standard to be adopted into the NCC Victorian Appendix takes place.

The Standard is available to download from the ABCB website.

View the VBA's Prescribed Temporary Structures webpage

Prescribed temporary structures
A prescribed temporary structure is defined as:
* tents, marquees or booths with a floor area greater than 100m2
* seating stand for more than 20 people
* stages or platforms (including sky borders & sky winds) exceeding 150m2 floor area
* pre-fabricated buildings exceeding 100m2, other than ones placed directly on the ground surface.

If you have any queries in relation to temporary structures, please contact the VBA's Technical and Regulation Division at

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