(a) Fires or barbecues on balconies or patios - open flame and fuel storage prohibited. This provision is adopted pursuant to the authority of M.S. § 299F.011, subd. 4, as it may be amended from time to time, and shall supersede less restrictive provisions of state law to the contrary.
(1) Open flame prohibited. In any multiple-family residence that includes three or more dwelling units where dwelling units are configured vertically above and below other dwelling units as defined in § 19.03 of this city code, no person shall kindle, maintain or cause any fire or open flame on any balcony above ground level, or on any ground floor patio within 15 feet of the structure.
Exception – Propane grills are allowed on balconies and ground floor patios of townhouses constructed of two or more attached units in which each unit extends from the foundation to the roof and having open space on at least two sides of each unit as defined in the Minnesota State Residential Code.
(2) Fuel storage prohibited. In any two-family dwelling, townhouse or multiple-family dwelling as defined in § 19.03 of this city code, no person shall store or use any fuel, barbecue, torch or other similar heating or lighting chemical or device.
Note: NFPA 58 § 8.3.5 as referenced by the Minnesota Fire Code restricts the storage of LP gas cylinders within a residential building, including the basement or any storage area in a common basement of a multiple-family building and attached or detached garages, shall be limited to cylinders each with a maximum water capacity of 2.7 lb and shall not exceed 5.4 lb aggregate water capacity per each living space unit.
(b) Approved grills. Listed electric grills plugged directly into an electrical outlet or listed gas-fired barbecue grills that are permanently mounted, and plumbed to the building’s gas supply and that maintain a minimum clearance of 18 inches on all sides, or manufacturers required clearance whichever is greater may be installed on balconies and patios.
(1) Installation of grills. Natural gas grills can be installed as noted above. These grills shall be installed permanently by being fastened in place and meet the clearance requirements of the owner’s manual. A permit shall be obtained from the Building and Inspection Division before installation. The connections shall be done by a licensed gas fitter.
(c) Smoke detectors. When the valuation of the cost of electrical work in a single-family dwelling exceeds $1,000 and an electrical permit is required from the city for such work, or, when a bedroom is added to or created within a single-family dwelling, smoke detectors which must be installed pursuant to state law shall receive their primary power from the building wiring when such wiring is served from a commercial source. Such wiring shall be permanent and without a disconnecting switch other than those required for over current protection. This provision is adopted pursuant to the authority of M.S. § 299F.362, subd. 9, as it may be amended from time to time, and shall supersede less restrictive provisions of state law to the contrary. It is in addition to provisions of state law requiring smoke detectors in new dwellings to be connected to the building wiring.
(Ord. 91-21, passed 4-1-1991; Ord. 2009-2, passed 2-2-2009; Ord. 2015-44, passed 12-21-2015)