Tent Permit


Tenant Build-Out meetings have been discontinued until the Municipal Center is reopened for public meetings. In the interim, applicants are encouraged to submit permit applications online. A link for the application packet can be found below.

Additional information about outdoors seating requirements during the pandemic can be found here.

The City of Naperville recently developed a new and improved process for organizations and businesses seeking to obtain a Tent Permit.

Application Process

Step 1:  Complete the Appropriate Paperwork

Download and complete the Tent Permit Application packet. Your completed application must include all the necessary information listed on the Tent Permit Requirements Sheet. 

Step 2:  Attend Tenant Build Out Meeting

The City of Naperville hosts a weekly mandatory informational meeting for anyone seeking to obtain a Tent Permit. Please make sure to bring your completed permit application and required additional information with you to this meeting. If your paperwork is properly completed and the appropriate approvals are granted, you may be issued a permit following this meeting.

Naperville Municipal Center

Lower Level Meeting Rooms A&B
Naperville, IL 60540

Meetings are held every Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

At this meeting, you will meet with a City Planner, a Plans Examiner, a Project Assistant, as well as representatives from the Electric and Fire Departments. These City representatives will be on hand to guide you through the application process by reviewing your plans, advising you of appropriate inspections and educating you on the city's fire and electrical codes.

Step 3:  Receiving Your Permit

Once the appropriate paperwork has been completed and reviewed by the city, our hope is to issue your Tent Permit. Occasionally, the City requires additional information before approving a permit.  If your permit cannot be approved, you will need to provide the additional information requested for further review by the city.

In some instances, Special Events held within the city require additional permits from the City Clerk's Office and may require approval by the Naperville City Council, which can take up to 60 days. If you have questions about the Special Event approval process within the City of Naperville, please contact

Dawn Portner, Special Events Coordinator

City Clerk's Office
400 S. Eagle Street
Naperville, IL 60540
TEL: (630) 305-5340 EMAIL: portnerd@naperville.il.us

Click here for the Tent Permit application (PDF). For details on the permitting process, including submittal, reviews, fees and issuance, visit the Building Permits page.