You can use a charcoal, electric, or piped natural gas or propane barbecue outdoors on the property of residences, including the terrace of an apartment building when in compliance with the Fire Code.
The use of a charcoal, electric, or piped natural gas or propane barbecue indoors, or on any commercial property, or on any sidewalk or street, is illegal.
The Fire Department (FDNY) limits the use of propane barbecuing and storage in apartment buildings, including terraces, to a single small disposable 16.4-ounce cylinder. One- or two-family properties may store outdoors up to two 20-pound cylinders.
In all cases, barbecues must be at least 10 feet away from any material that may burn, and a portable fire extinguisher or garden hose must be available for use.
This 10-foot separation requirement applies to the following items that may burn:
- Building siding
- Furnishings, such as plastic or wood chairs and tables
- Decking on roofs or terraces
Concrete, brick, and metal are examples of materials that may not burn.