The Risk Reduction Bureau of Gainesville Fire Rescue is charged by City Ordinance, Chapter 10: Fire Prevention and Protection, to conduct fire inspections in the City of Gainesville. The City of Gainesville is the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), as mandated by Florida Statute 633 to complete fire inspections. Florida Statute 633 also gives the AHJ the ability to charge for these mandatory inspections. The Uniform Fire Code which is adopted by the State of Florida and is part of the Florida Fire Prevention Code, Section 188.8.131.52, gives the AHJ authority to conduct and inspect, at reasonable times, any building or premises for dangerous or hazardous conditions as set forth by the code.
Per City of Gainesville Municipal Code, Chapter 10: Fire Prevention and Protection, Article VI: Open and Outdoor Burning, except for recreational fires contained in an appropriate Patio Wood Burning Unit and the use of barbecue grills, smokers, or other devices designed specifically for cooking, open burning and outdoor burning are prohibited in the City of Gainesville (See below for the safety regulations related to BBQ grills on balconies). Agriculture, forest operations, or land-clearing burns may also be authorized with a permit under certain conditions. For questions regarding burning in the City of Gainesville, please call the Risk Reduction Bureau at 352-334-5065. For burn permits outside the city limits, contact the Division of Forestry at 352-395-4951.
Use the following link to access the Gainesville Municipal Code, Chapter 10: Fire Prevention and Protection, Article VI: Open and Outdoor Burning in its entirety.
Grills on Balconies
Regulations from Florida Fire Prevention Code Fifth Ed., pertaining to grills on balconies, specify the following: NFPA 1: 10.11.6.1 and 10.11.6.2 For other than one- and two-family dwellings, no hibachi, gas-fired grills, charcoal grills or other similar devices used for cooking, heating, or any other purpose, shall be used or stored on any balcony and shall not be kindled under any overhanging portion or within 10 feet (3 meters) of any structure. (updated Aug. 17, 2015)
Link to City of Gainesville Municipal Code
Link to Florida Fire Prevention Code
Link to Florida Statutes, Chapter 633: Fire Prevention and Control
Alachua County Fire Marshal
Florida Division of Forestry