Are you allowed to have gas grills on condo decks in Denver?

Posted by Mic Ortega on Tuesday, April 27th, 2010 at 3:08pm.

Can I have a gas grill on my deck if I buy this condo?  That was the question my buyer asked on Sunday as she got ready to put an offer in on a 5th story condo in Downtown Denver.  I had always heard that as long as the gas tank was less than a pound, it was fine.  However, I recently heard of buildings such as the Spire that don't allow gas grills on the deck, period.  So I thought to best answer this question, better go to the source. 

I contacted 311 and within 24 hours, I had a response via email from Captain Donald Randolph, Denver Fire Department, Fire Prevention and Investigation Division.  Below is what he sent me outlining the regulations for gas grills on decks in Denver.  While these rules pertain to all of Denver, make sure to check with the HOA of each building to make sure they don't have additional regulations.  Happy grilling this summer.

CITY AND COUNTY OF DENVER POLICY DENVER FIRE DEPARTMENT
Subject: BARBECUES ON BALCONIES     
Reference:  IFC, Denver Amendments, NFPA
Approved: Joseph L. Gonzales, Division Chief, Fire Prevention and Investigation Division
Number: IFC-308-1
Effective Date: July 2, 2004

This policy is meant to provide basic information for the most common conditions and situations.  In any given occupancy, many other Fire Code requirements may be enforced.  General Information The use of any barbecue cookers and/or smokers, whether charcoal, LPG or compressed gas, inside of buildings, on roofs, or on balconies that are located above the first floor and one above the other is prohibited. Exceptions: 
1. Private balconies served by exterior stairs when propane containers are only transported on those stairs.  Refer to No. 3 below for limit amount.
2. Electric barbecue cookers (no combustible fuels)
3. Total container capacity is equal to or less than one pound L.P. gas. (Two extra     one pound L.P. gas containers may be stored on the balcony.)
4. Barbecue cookers properly installed and supplied by the building’s natural gas system.
5. L.P. gas greater than one pound may be located on ground level patios when there are no balconies located directly above or within ten (10) feet.
6. Listed natural gas appliances shall be permitted on balconies when installed in accordance with the International Fuel Gas Code.7. One- and two-family dwellings. Specifics: Outside corridors used to access dwelling units or common areas are not considered balconies and must be kept clear at all times. Barbecue cookers that use L.P. gas containers larger than one pound or any charcoal barbecues that are located on roofs or on balconies above the first floor, attached to multiple units located one above the other are a violation of the Fire Code and shall be removed immediately. Not applicable if the barbecue cooker is powered by electricity. Barbecue cookers that use L.P. gas containers larger than one pound or any charcoal barbecues that are located on roofs or on balconies above the first floor, attached to multiple family dwellings of three or more living units located one above the other are a violation of the Fire Code and shall be removed immediately.

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