On October 15, 1990, an amendment was made to a local ordinance, which restricts the use of barbecue grills on the decks or patios of multi-family dwellings.
The Ordinance #275, second series, and Hastings City Code Section 9.82, Subd. 7, as amended, states:
“The City of Hastings has adopted the 2000 State Fire Code and has established the following restrictions on the use of barbecues in multi-family dwellings.
A. In any structure containing three or more dwelling units, 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 any structure.
B. No person shall store or use any fuel, barbecue, torch or other similar heating or lighting chemicals or devices in the locations designated in Subsection A.
C. Electric grills or gas-fired barbecue grills which are permanently mounted, wired or plumbed to the building’s gas supply or electrical system and maintaining a minimum clearance of 18 inches on all sides may be installed on balconies and patios when approved by the Fire Chief.
Violation is a misdemeanor. “Every person who violates a section, subdivision, paragraph, or provision of this chapter when they perform an act thereby prohibited or declared unlawful, or fails to act when such failure is thereby prohibited or declared unlawful and upon conviction thereof, shall be punished as a misdemeanor.”
All occupants of multi-family dwellings are hereby ordered to remove all barbecues from the decks or patios. Failure to comply will result in written notice of violation of local fire code.
Questions on this matter may be directed to the Hastings Fire Marshal at 480-6150 during regular business hours of Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.