Hello: Can anyone site references to codes or ordinances in Ohio related to gas and charcoal grills on multifamily building balconies?  What I have found is not clear.  Are cities allowed to have a lesser ordinance than the state?  Thanks for any help.

Blue Ash, OH

Most municipalities belong to and follow the National Fire Protection Association standards.  I don’t think any municipality or fire authority would allow gas or charcoal grills on multifamily balconies!!  There are so many fires and deaths caused by these types of grills.We only allow electric grills and even those are prohibited in many municipalities.  I would not allow any type of grill in a wooden structure.  We are all concrete so electric grills are acceptable by our Poudre Fire Authority.Here are some NFPA references:

The specific code sections are as follows:

  • NFPA 1: (2015): For other than one- and two-family dwellings, no hibachi, grill, or other similar devices 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.
  • NFPA 1: (2015): Listed electric, tabletop grills, not to exceed 200 square inches of cooking surface, or other similar apparatus shall be permitted.
  • NFPA 1: (2015): For other than one-and two-family dwellings, no hibachi, grill or other similar devices used for cooking shall be stored on a balcony.
  •  NFPA 1: (2015): Listed equipment permanently installed in accordance with its listing,  applicable codes, and manufacturer’s instructions shall be permitted.

CMCACommunity Manager
The Park Lane Towers Condominium Association, Inc.
Fort Collins, CO


Keep in mind that not every municipality follows NFPA to the letter.I live in a metro area with 5 different municipalities all smooshed together. One follows NFPA to the letter, no grills except electric on any balcony, period. Another one does allow grills but only if the balconies are sprinklered.Always check with your municipality’s fire department but expect NFPA.

Madison, WI


It’s a National fire protection restriction. No flames in multifamily homes in balconies or within 10’ of buildings. Look for your state version of NFPA and contact your local Fire Marshall. 



You might also want to check with the company that you use for your HOA fire insurance.They might have stricter rules as to whether they will pay for fires that start with “any” heating device on balconies.



Our siding is cement stucco so we allow natural gas from the developer installed lanai spirket and the traditional sized BBQ propane tank.  Charcoal briquets and all smokers are prohibited because of the smoke, not because of fire danger.——————————

Redondo Heights Condominium Homeowners Association
Des Moines, WA 98198