Over time, what happens is the fire marshals and other authorities use you as a rule guinee pig as the first pro haunt in the area, then turn around and understand how the charities should have all of these concerns as well. The result is the charities get run out of major towns with no one willing to put up serious money to make a building or haunt design meet code. In reality it isn't difficult until you get into having to have fire retardent, fire detection and fire suppression systems. Exits and proceedures are not that difficult but the former is simply big expenses.
Trails and outdoor events might be easier for compliance financially but then require more money in other facilities needed like more permanent bathrooms and egress over natural obsticals, more wide spread electrical grid rated for outdoor concerns.
SO my advice is not to keep mentioning that none of these other events has to do that, the public workers will make that happen themselves as the learn what it is "supposed to be" or freak themselves out with potential safety issues that generally never happen. This has already happened in many parts of the country and eventually charities aren't able to slide on the scale of initial event requirements. It may take several years to go down but this is what happens, so you don't want to be fingered as the guy who made everyone else comply with the codes.
Last edited by Greg Chrise; 12-07-2012 at 09:14 AM.
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