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IAEE Guidelines FAQs

Exhibitors do not have to submit booth renderings for AFP approval unless asking for an exception to an IAEE rule and the booth design does not meet the Music City Center’s rules and restrictions. Click here for the full, IAEE Rules and Regulations.

For exceptions to IAEE rules, please email the Exhibits Team at [email protected].


Linear Booth

A maximum back wall height limitation of 8ft (2.44m) is generally specific to prevent display materials from imposing on neighboring exhibits behind the back wall.

Regardless of the number of Linear Booths utilized, display materials should be arranged in such a manner as not to obstruct the sight lines of neighboring exhibitors. The maximum height of 8ft (2.44m) is allowed only in the rear half of the booth space, with a 4ft (1.22m) height restriction imposed on all materials in the remaining space forward to the aisle. Note: When three or more Linear Booths are used in combination as a single exhibit space, the 4ft (1.22m) height limitation is applied only to that portion of exhibit space that is within 10ft (3.05m) of an adjoining booth.

Peninsula Booth

A Peninsula Booth is usually 20ft by 20ft (6.10m by 6.10m) or larger. When a Peninsula Booth backs up to two Linear Booths, the back wall is restricted to 4ft (1.22m) high within 5ft (1.52m) of each aisle, permitting adequate line of sight for the adjoining Linear Booths. A typical maximum height range allowance is 16ft to 20ft (4.88m to 6.10m), including signage for the center portion of the back wall. Double-sided signs, logos, and graphics shall be set back 10ft (3.05m) from adjacent booths.

Island Booth

An Island Booth is typically 20ft by 20ft (6.10m by 6.10m) or larger, although it may be configured differently. The entire Cubic Content of the space may be used up to the maximum allowable height, which is usually a range of 16ft to 20ft (4.88m to 6.10m), including signage.

Perimeter Booth

A Perimeter Booth is a Linear Booth that backs to an outside wall of the exhibit facility rather than to another exhibit. All guidelines for Linear Booths apply to Perimeter Booths except that the typical maximum back wall height for Perimeter Booths is 12ft (3.66m).

End Cap Booth

End-cap Booths are generally 10ft (3.05m) deep by 20ft (6.10m) wide. The maximum backwall height allowed is 8ft (2.44m) and the maximum backwall width allowed is 10ft (3.05m) at the center of the backwall with a maximum 5ft (1.52m) height on the two side aisles. Within 5ft of the two side aisles, the maximum height for any display materials is 4ft.


Although these Guidelines indicate 16ft to 20ft (4.88m to 6.10m) as a maximum height range to the top of the sign, some exhibitions permit other heights or have no height limit. However, most Organizers do impose height limits. Caution should be exercised so exhibitors will not compete over air space for hanging signs. (See page 2 for details and a diagram for hanging signs in Perimeter Booths.)

Exhibitors should be advised to install “hanging points” at the time of manufacture of the sign or display. It is also advisable to have Hanging Signs labeled and cased separately so that they can be easily identified on-site as they usually must be installed before other exhibit construction can begin.