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Cooking on Balconies

Other than portable electric table top grills that do not exceed 200 sq. in. of cooking surface, cooking on a balcony of an apartment or condominium is prohibited.

Storage of Grills on Balconies

Other than those allowed (see above), no cooking device is permitted to be stored on balconies.

Storage of Liquid Propane (L.P.) Gas or Gas Grills

The storage or use of L.P. gas in quantities greater than two 1 lb tanks above the first floor in any apartment or condominium is prohibited. Therefore, L.P. gas grills cannot be stored on a balcony. It is important to note that L.P. gas cylinders cannot be stored inside the residential unit or anywhere above the first floor.

The specific code sections (NFPA 1, Uniform Fire Code) are as follows:

NFPA 1: For other than one- and two-family dwellings, no hibachi, grill, or other similar device used for cooking, heating, or any other purpose shall be used or kindled on any balcony, under any overhanging portion, or within 10 ft (3 m) of any structure. Listed electric portable, table top grills, not to exceed 200 sq. in. cooking surface, or other similar apparatus shall be permitted.

NFPA 1: Storage of cylinders within a residential building, including the basement or any storage area in a common basement storage area in multiple-family buildings and attached garages, shall be limited to cylinders each with a maximum water capacity of 2.7 lb (1.2 kg) and shall not exceed 5.4 lb (2.4 kg) aggregate water capacity for smaller cylinders per each living space unit.

PLEASE NOTE: Many condominiums or apartment complexes have regulations on the use of barbecue grills that exceed fire code requirements. Please check with your management staff to see what requirements or exceptions apply to use of grills at your complex.


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