Requirements for the Use and Storage of Grills and LP Cylinders in
Apartments or Condominiums
Cooking on Balconies
The Florida Fire Prevention Code prohibits any cooking:
- On a balcony
- Under any overhanging portion of a building
- Within 10 feet (3m) of any structure
The only exception is for electrical cooking appliances such as electric ranges, electric grills or other
Storage of LP Gas Cylinders
The Florida Fire Prevention Code prohibits the storage of LP gas in quantities greater than 2.7 lb
(1 kg) [nominal 1 lb (0.5 kg)] unless you can access an exterior stairway from the balcony or deck.
LP gas cylinders cannot be stored inside any residential units.
Storage of LP Gas Grills
LP gas grills cannot be stored on balconies or decks unless you can access an exterior stairway from the
balcony or deck. Other types of grills can be stored, but not used.
FYI: The typical LP gas grill contains a 20 lb tank.
The specific code sections are as follows:
NFPA 1 Section 10.11.7 For other than one – and two – family dwellings, no hibachi, gas-fire grill,
charcoal grill or other similar devices used for cooking, heating or any other purpose, shall be used or
kindled on any balcony or under any overhanging portion or within 10 feet (3m) of any structure. Listed
electric ranges, grills or similar electrical apparatus shall be permitted.
NFPA 1 Section 184.108.40.206.2 Cylinders having water capacities greater than 2.7 lb (1 kg) [nominal 1 lb
(0.5 kg)] LP – gas capacity shall not be located on decks or balconies of dwellings of two or more living
units above the first floor unless they are served by exterior stairways.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CALL THE SANIBEL FIRE AND
RESCUE DISTRICT / FIRE MARSHAL OFFICE AT 239-472- 5525