Permits Required. A property owner or owner’s authorized agent who intends to conduct an operation or business, or install or modify systems and equipment that are regulated by this code, or to cause any such work to be performed, shall first make application to the fire code official and obtain the required permit. MN Fire Code 105.1.1
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City Ordinance: Chapter III, Section 300:50, Pages 40-41: On July 10, 2007, the State of Minnesota adopted the 2007 Minnesota Fire Code (MFSC). The MSFC utilizes the 2006 International Fire Code as its base document and incorporates amendments and appendixes promulgated by the State of Minnesota. Appendix H, Fires or Barbecues on Balconies or Patios, was added to the fire code by the State of Minnesota and adopted as ordinance by the City of St. Cloud on September 13, 2007, and became part of and known as Ordinance 300:50. St. Cloud Ordinance 300:50 includes additional amendments and appendixes to the MSFC specific to the jurisdictional limits of the City of St. Cloud. Appendix H is reprint below verbatim.
2007 Minnesota State Fire Code Appendix H
Fires or Barbecues on Balconies or Patios
Section One – Open Flame And Fuel Storage Prohibited
1.1 Open Flame Prohibited. 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 (4,572 mm) of the structure.
1.2 Fuel Storage Prohibited. No person shall store or use any fuel, barbecue, torch, or other similar heating or lighting chemical or device in the locations designated in section 1.1.
Exception: Listed electric or gas fired barbecue grills that are permanently mounted and wired or plumbed to the building’s gas supply or electrical system and that maintain a minimum clearance of 18 inches (457 mm) on all sides, unless listed for lesser clearances, may be installed on balconies and patios when approved by the Fire Chief.
Violations: A person who violates a provision of this code shall be guilty of a misdemeanor (MSFC Section 109.3 Violation Penalties).
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