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Boston Outdoor Grilling Rules for Rooftops, Patios, and Balconies

Boston Rooftop Grilling RulesUrban dwellers love getting the most out of outdoor spaces while the opportunity is there. Dinner and drinks on your condos deck, balcony or patio is one of the joys of summer months in the city. Every year around this time I like to repost the City of Boston'srules for rooftop, deck, and patio grilling. Heres what you need to know to stay safe and legal.If you are planning to cook on your outdoor space, first learnBostonsfire safety rules.There are many excellent reasons you should familiarize with the rules, the first and foremost being the safety of you and your neighbors. But knowing the rules and playing by them also helpssafeguard your legal and financial liability.Below is a simplified listof the rules. Or you can see theregulations in full.Plumbed gas grills:Theseare permittedon the exterior of any building level. The gas line must be installed by a licensed plumber who has procured the required permits.Electric grillsare permittedon the exterior of any building level. As with the gas grills, the line you are using has to be installed by a licensed electrician, and has to have a permit and be up to code.Charcoal grillsare NOT permitted at all on or within a building structure, or on roof or rear decks. Regulations do not specify whether they are permissible on an outside patio, but the regulations highly discourage them, and you may be legally and financially liable for any damage or injury you cause from flying sparks, fumes, etc.. *Read the regulations in full for charcoal grill safety recommendations.Liquid propane (LP) grills:Permitted by the City of Bostonexcept:

  • are not permittedinside the building.
  • are not permitted onbalconies above the first floor of any building or structure used for habitation.
  • are not permittedon balconies or deckson any levelthat are covered or enclosed. This includes a first floor deck with a deck above it.

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