Sure, barbecuing should be fun, but it`s important to follow the rules designed to protect both people and parks. Remember that propane grills are never allowed and people grilling must be 18 years of age or older. The same 10-foot rule we shared earlier in this article also applies to parks. You can`t place your grill next to buildings, trees, tree roots, or other structures. In addition, open fires, including campfires on the ground, are strictly prohibited. After all, any grill you use should be at least three feet above the floor. This is the most popular type of grill in New York City apartment buildings. Many new apartment buildings are installing natural gas barbecues for the convenience of their residents. In general, natural gas barbecues are legal in all residential properties in New York City, but they must be installed by a New York City Licensed Master Plumber (LMP) in accordance with the NEW YORK CITY FUEL GAS CODE. In addition, pipelines must be inspected and tested by the LMP.

Keep in mind that there are regulations in the New York Fire Code and the New York Fuel Gas Code that govern how portable grills can be legally stored and operated here in New York. Outdoor portable barbecues are subject to fire regulations § 307.5. Natural gas barbecues can be installed, used and maintained in all residential properties. However, it is illegal to use a gas grill designed for commercial use in an apartment. Natural gas grids must be installed by a licensed master plumber in New York City, and piping must be inspected and tested in accordance with the combustible gas code that a licensed master plumber should be aware of. Natural gas grills should have a total rust area of no more than 10 square feet and operate at least 10 feet from combustible materials. It`s legal to use a propane tank that`s less than 16.4 ounces for a short time on a roof or balcony, but make sure you get permission from your building. For a single-family or two-family home, a propangrill is allowed as long as there are no more than two 20-pound LPG tanks on the property. Charcoal barbecues can be installed, used and maintained in all residential properties on a patio or backyard, but are not allowed on a balcony or roof. Charcoal barbecues must have a total rust area of no more than 10 square feet and operate at a distance of at least 10 feet between the grill and the wall of the building. When using a charcoal grill, there should be immediate access to a fire extinguisher or water supply, such as a garden hose.

If your living situation doesn`t meet your barbecue needs, many parks in New York City have designated barbecue areas. (Some of these spaces even have grids on site for public use if you don`t have your own.) But due to the pandemic, the city is asking residents to follow a few guidelines. “We urge all New Yorkers to use common sense when visiting a park, wear a face covering and stand at least six feet apart,” said Meghan Lalor, director of media relations for NYC Parks. Those who do not want to buy a grill for a residence, but want to grill in the parks of New York City, must abide by the rules of the New York Department of Parks. To grill in a New York City park, it must be in a designated barbecue area and the area must be thoroughly cleaned before leaving. Events with more than 20 people require a special event permit, which can be purchased directly from the park department. Barbecue rules prohibit the use of propane and grills by people under the age of 18. When barbecuing in a New York City park, the grill must be held at least ten feet from all structures, including trees, and the grill must be at least three feet above the ground, prohibiting any type of open fire, on the ground or camp. All coal and matches must be disposed of in designated red barrels, and water must be used to completely extinguish the hot coals. Many of the city`s beaches fall under the jurisdiction of the New York Department of Parks and the same barbecue rules apply. The Fire Department (FDNY) limits the use of propane grills and storage in apartment buildings, including patios, to a single small 16.4-ounce disposable bottle. Single-family or two-family homes can store up to two 20-pound bottles outside.

You may think that all you need to put on your grill is an outdoor space, but the catch is that you need a certain amount of square feet. According to New York guidelines, a grill must be at least 10 feet away from anything that could catch fire, including construction walls, deck surfaces, and furniture. Depending on the type of space you have, there are different restrictions on the types of grills (think charcoal, electricity or gas – more on that shortly). No matter where you grill, you are required by law to have immediate access to a fire extinguisher, water supply or sand to eradicate sparks or misdirected flames. The use of a charcoal, natural gas or electric or tubular propane grill indoors or on commercial property or on sidewalks or roads is illegal. It is legal to use charcoal barbecues on terraces and in backyards, but not on balconies and rooftops. As with other types of grills, there must be a distance of ten feet between the grill and anything that could catch fire. You should also have immediate access to a fire extinguisher or water supply, such as a garden hose.

See NYC Fire Code §307.5.1. Standard propane barbecues use LPG containers with a maximum capacity of 20 pounds. In one or two single-family homes, a propane grill is permitted for any use with no more than two 20-pound containers stored and/or used at the same time. In apartment and other residential buildings that house more than two residential units, it is illegal to store a propane grill on a balcony, roof terrace, roof, backyard or yard. However, you can use a propane tank of less than 16.4 ounces for a short time on a roof or balcony. If you are a tenant, please check your lease or with your landlord first.