City of Charlotte Building Services, Electrical (704) 353-0468
With the exception of limited electrical power sources along the Tryon Street Mall, all power requirements for the event must be provided by the event organizer.
General Guidelines for Generators
Generators and other internal combustion power sources shall be:
- placed on hardscape (pavement, asphalt, plywood)
- separated from tents or canopies by a minimum of 20 feet
- isolated from the public by fencing (bike racks) or other approved means
- grounding rods must be removed at the end of the permitted event
- grounding rods must not be placed in the cement, tree wells or any landscaped area
All electrical cords must be covered with medium duty cord covers such as Yellow Jacket® to ensure the safety of pedestrians.
For additional information about requirements for the use of generators of diesel equipment please refer to the Hazardous Materials (Use and Refueling of Gasoline or Diesel Equipment) in the Charlotte Fire Department Fire Prevention Section.
Electrical Power Available on Tryon Street Mall
The City of Charlotte has limited electrical power provided for public use along Tryon Street and along the 100 blocks of Trade Street. This power is intended as a power source for stages and vendors at special events. The following guidelines will assist event organizers in assessing what City services are available and outlining the City’s requirements for vendors before connecting to the City’s electrical system on the Tryon Street Mall. Please note, under no circumstances should an event organizer connect to a City power source without prior consultation and approval from the City of Charlotte Electrician.
- Vendors must inventory their equipment to insure that compatible plug fittings are used. The City will not change plugs/ends/etc.
- All power supply cabling and extension cords are to be provided by user.
- City staff has the right to refuse any unsafe or altered cords or cabling.
- The City of Charlotte will not alter equipment in order to accept vendor supplied equipment.
- If during an event, City of Charlotte owned power equipment becomes unserviceable, an event representative is to be notified - at that point a City of Charlotte electrician (or City’s contractor) will be called to assist.
- The following items are prohibited from using a City power source:
- Heat lamps, microwaves, blenders, coffee makers, and any other device with fluctuating power
STAGE PRODUCTION POWER CABINET
This electrical cabinet supplies power for stage lighting and sound equipment. Feeder cabling for stage equipment is the responsibility of the stage crews/ provider. Connection to load side supply lugs is the responsibility of City of Charlotte staff electricians (or their contractor). The City of Charlotte is not responsible for providing cabling that is to be placed under either of the disconnects load side lugs.