Beck and Company

Real Estate Services

8403 Shoal Creek Blvd, Suite 100
Austin, TX 78757


The International Fire Code Local Ordinance Amendment Section 308.1.4 reads as follows:

308.1.4 Residential Barbecue Pits and Incinerators. No person may construct, erect, install, maintain or use any incinerator or barbecue pit or burn any combustible material to constitute a fire hazard by the use or burning or to endanger the life or property of any person. Residential barbecue pits, hibachis or other cooking appliances utilizing charcoal, wood or gas as a fuel may not be stored or used on any balconies of residential occupancies, on other combustible balconies, within five feet measured horizontally from any portion of a combustible building, or within fifteen feet measured along the shortest distance if the pit is located below any portion of a combustible building.

Exception: Detached one- and two-family dwellings.

The intended interpretation of this ordinance is as follows:

  • No barbecue pit of any type other than electric is allowed in or on any multi-family residential balcony or apartment;
  • On any other balcony (such as can be found on many commercial, mercantile, or single-family residential occupancies), the pit must meet horizontal and vertical spatial clearances as declared in the ordinance; Multi-family residential occupancies can have barbecue pits on the premises given that they are not on balconies, not in apartments, and meet the spatial requirements of the ordinance. (An example would be a first-floor apartment with a pit that is located and stored in a common area or back yard patio that is at least 5 feet from the building and not located under a structural overhang.)

308.1.4.1 Outdoor cooking at multi-family residential uses. During a period of drought that has been designated by the Fire Chief as having conditions representing a high risk of wildfires, no person may use any barbecue pit, hibachi or other cooking appliances utilizing charcoal, wood or gas as a fuel on a site or property containing a multi-family residential use, except in an area designated for outdoor cooking purposes by the management of the multi-family residential use. The designated area must be located: least five feet, measured horizontally, from any portion of a combustible building or combustible vegetation; and least fifteen feet, measured along the shortest distance, from a combustible building or combustible vegetation, if the area is below any portion of a combustible building or vegetation.

December 29th, 2014

Posted In: Apartment Management, Association Management