Are barbeque grills or recreational fires allowed on decks, balconies, or patios?

The city ordinance prohibits any type of open flame on any balcony, above ground-level, or on any ground-floor patio within 15 feet of a structure where two or more units exist on more than one level. Open flames are prohibited unless each of the separate dwelling units has its own private means of ingress and egress. Fuel storage is also prohibited in such structures.

Electric or gas-fired barbecue grills that are permanently mounted, wired, or plumbed to the building’s gas supply or electrical system and maintain a minimum clearance per manufacturer instructions may be installed on balconies and patios when approved by the Fire Marshal. Please also check with your building management on allowing a mounted unit. 

Home owner associations (HOA) and building management may be more restrictive than city ordinance. 

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1. Does the city allow recreational fires?
2. Are barbeque grills or recreational fires allowed on decks, balconies, or patios?
3. Why is my smoke alarm chirping when I have no smoke?
4. How do I know my smoke alarm is too old?
5. The gauge on my fire extinguisher is empty. Where do I get it recharged?
6. The fire hydrant in my neighborhood is covered with snow - who do I call to come dig it out?
7. My neighbor planted shrubs all around the hydrant in their yard. Is that ok?
8. Do you offer tours of fire stations?
9. Can the Fire Department help make sure my infant car seat is installed correctly?