Fire Regulations




PLEASE NOTE: All West Coast Craft vendors are expected to comply to the following rules. We have provided additional resources to help you source fire retardant materials and treatment appliers for existing displays. Please bring all certifications and proofs of treatment to WCC. Thank you for helping us keep West Coast Craft safe for all our vendors and visitors!



Booth construction material and furnishing regulations

All booth walls and/or displays shall be either:
  • Made from non-combustible materials
  • Treated and maintained in a flame retardant condition by an approved flame retardant solution process as stated below
  • Meet the flame and smoke density ratings as stated below

Combustible materials having a flame spread rating of less than 225 and a smoke density rating of less than 450, as determined by ASTME 84 (Tunnel Test), and certified as such, comply with the NFPA codes listed below. Please reference NFPA 701 and 101-10.3.1, 10.3.5, and 12.7.5 (all) for more information.



Acceptable materials for booth walls and/or displays (must meet regulations as stated above)
  • Wood that is properly treated
  • Drapes, hangings, curtains, and props
  • Foam core board (PVC) shall be a certified flame resistant type. No exceptions
  • Poster paper and banners
  • Decorative fabrics
  • Motion picture screens
  • All other decorative materials, including plastics



Unacceptable materials for booth walls and/or displays
  • Cardboard
  • Plywood under ¼” thickness
  • Oil paper
  • Tarpaper
  • Nylon
  • Materials that cannot be flame treated
  • Untreated material



Storage of Boxes & Combustible Materials
Storage of empty cartons/boxes in or behind booth area is not permitted.



Indoor Tenting
  • Tent tops, sidewalls and canopies shall have a permanently affixed label by a California State Fire Marshal licensed applicator or manufacturer bearing the following information:
    • The Seal of Registration (shown below)
    • If treated fabric, the name and registration number of the approved application concern and approved chemical used, and the date of treatment.
    • If registered fabric, the trade name and registration number of the approved fabric, and the date of production.
  • Tent’s maximum size is 10’x10’
  • All tents must have a fire extinguisher (2 A 10 BC) and smoke detector inside. These items will be the responsibility of the Booth Vendor.
  • All Indoor tents should be approved by West Coast Craft prior to the show. Email becca@westcoastcraft.com for approval.



Indoor Cooking
  • Sterno, hot boxes and electric hotplates are allowed, but all cooking and heat source arrangements must be pre-approved. All heating/cooking equipment should be approved by West Coast Craft prior to the show and included in Food Permit paperwork.
  • Proper inspected and tagged fire extinguishers (2 A 10 BC) must be provided by the food vendor.



Outdoor Cooking
Propane tanks and charcoal grills are allowed outside the buildings with permission and approval of West Coast Craft prior to the show. Email becca@westcoastcraft.com for more details.



Example of Seal of the State of California Fire Marshal



Fire rated lumber suppliers
  • San Francisco Bay Area — Beronio, Ashby Lumber, Golden State Lumber,
    Channel Lumber
  • Los Angeles — Jones Lumber, Northridge Lumber, Stock Building Supply
  • Portland — Cudahy Lumber, Parr Lumber, Mr. Plywood, Milwaukie Lumber
  • Seattle — Dunn Lumber, Compton Lumber Co, Stewart Lumber



Fire rated paint/surface treatment suppliers
All paints must be applied onto raw materials (not on top of an existing surface treatment) to be effective.

  • Firetect — (661) 295 3473 // 28298 Constellation Rd, Valencia, CA. Purchase tintable paints online or at their retail store.
  • Dharma Trading — (415) 456 1211 // 1604 4th St, San Rafael, CA. Purchase tintable paints online.



Certified fire retardant applicators
Please remember to bring proof of all treatments to West Coast Craft.

  • Clean Drapes On Site — (510) 507 4737 // 1219 Solano Ave, Albany, CA. Available to apply flame retardants onsite ($300 minimum) or at their place of business. This type of flame retardant cannot be applied to painted materials (have your displays treated before applying paint), acrylic and nylon fabrics. The cost is dependent on the level of porosity of the material to be treated, but generally 50¢ / square foot.
  • Firetect ­— (661) 295 3473 // 28298 Constellation Rd, Valencia, CA. Fabrics may be shipped to Firetect for treatment. They also sell flame retardant paints for surface treatments.
  • Flamort Co — (510) 357 9494 // 2368 Alvarado St, San Leandro, CA. Available to apply flame retardants onsite ($200 minimum) or at their place of business. The cost is dependent on the level of porosity of the material to be treated, but generally $1 / square foot.