Is It Legal to Grill on Your Balcony?

Is It Legal to Grill on Your Balcony?

Joanna Miller
Jul 10, 2008

We're all about grilling this week at The Kitchn, but as city dwellers, we're wondering if and when our grilling activities could land us in trouble, or facing a fine. Is grilling on the balcony OK in your city?

Here in Chicago, grilling on a wooden balcony is technically a no-no, and yet we see them everywhere. Our fellow Kitchn editors have confirmed similar situations in other cities. New York's laws against grilling in many places are apparently rarely enforced. Paris too, it seems, forbids grilling on balconies. In addition, individual buildings and landlords may place their own restrictions on grilling.

Personally, we're a little afraid of using our little charcoal grill on our all-wood deck, mostly because of potential fires rather than possible fines. We're much more comfortable using it at the parks and beaches. But that's just us.

So, we're wondering - What's the law in your city? Is it enforced? Should it be? Ever been fined? (We hope not!)

More: Chicago Fire Department BBQ Safety Tips
NY Times: Rooftop Dining

Related: Survey: Do You Use Public Grills?

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