Each year around this time, I like to share the City of Bostons fire safety rules for rooftops, patios, and balconies. This year I think many of us are really longing for more outdoor pleasures after a long isolating spring. Dinner and drinks on your condo deck, balcony, or patio is one of the pleasures of summer in the city neighborhoods!Boston has fire safety rules that you'll first need to be aware of if you're planning to cook in your outdoor space.While there are plenty of good reasons to be aware of the rules, the most important reason is the safety of you and your neighbors. Being knowledgable about the rules, and following them, also helps to safeguard your legal and financial liability. Stay safe and stay legal.Below is a simplified list of the rules.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.
Or you can see the regulations in full.Remember Im here to help if you have any questions about Boston real estate matters. You can call me at 617-584-9790, or email me by clicking the blue button below. If youd like to find a beautiful new home in Boston with a deck upon which to grill (legally, of course), you should definitely get in touch!
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