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A fine of up to 5,000 euros: Anyone who breaks these rules when barbecuing has to dig deep into their pockets

2022-05-21T03:00:12.453Z

A fine of up to 5,000 euros: Anyone who breaks these rules when barbecuing has to dig deep into their pockets Created: 05/21/2022, 04:49 am By: Andrea Stettner A summer without a barbecue would be unthinkable for many. But can I grill with charcoal on the balcony? And what are the fines for violations? Sunshine, juicy chops and a wonderful smell of grilling - that's all it takes for many peopl



A fine of up to 5,000 euros: Anyone who breaks these rules when barbecuing has to dig deep into their pockets

Created: 05/21/2022, 04:49 am

By: Andrea Stettner

A summer without a barbecue would be unthinkable for many.

But can I grill with charcoal on the balcony?

And what are the fines for violations?

Sunshine, juicy chops and a wonderful smell of grilling - that's all it takes for many people to be happy.

But when it comes to grilling, the line between joy and sorrow is quite narrow.

While the grill master smells the wonderful smell of roasted meat, neighbors are quickly bothered by the smoke and the smell of the grill.

Especially in apartment buildings, where the balconies are often close together, this popular summertime activity can quickly cause trouble.

But

what is actually allowed when barbecuing – and what is forbidden?

When barbecuing in the home garden or on the balcony, you should avoid heavy smoke development.

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Grilling on the balcony, garden or terrace: avoid smoke, noise and flying sparks

According to the German Tenants' Association (DMB),

barbecuing is generally permitted on the balcony, terrace or in the garden

.

Neighbors have to accept that too.

However, priority is given to what is stipulated in the rental agreement and in the house rules.

If the rental agreement states that barbecuing is forbidden, tenants have to stick to it meticulously - after all, there is no right to barbeque in Germany.

The rental agreement may also regulate which grill you use to fry your sausages.

For example,

barbecuing with a charcoal grill

may be prohibited there in order to prevent heavy smoke development.

Otherwise, it is generally permitted to fire up your grill with charcoal on the balcony, as long as no neighbors are bothered or the Federal Immission Control Act (BImSchG) is violated.

An electric or gas grill (advertising link) is a low-smoke alternative.

And that brings us to the second point that tenants – but also owners – have to consider when barbecuing on the balcony and in the garden: When barbecuing, the

rule of mutual consideration

applies .

You must therefore avoid smoke and noise pollution

.

For example, the locally applicable quiet times (usually from 10 p.m.) should be observed and the barbecue party should be moved inside the apartment from this time.

If smoke enters the neighbor's apartment, they can legitimately complain to the public order office or the police.

Flying sparks should also

be avoided

, as this endangers the safety of the neighborhood.

When it came to the question of how often to grill, courts made different decisions.

During the barbecue season, there is

usually nothing

wrong with having two barbecues a month .

No open fire on the balcony

An open fireplace on the balcony without a grill is generally prohibited.

Open fire would endanger both your own safety and that of your neighbors and should therefore be avoided.

These penalties are imminent

Most disputes between neighbors arise when barbecuing due to noise pollution, smoke development and odours.

If the police or the public order office are called into action,

fines can sometimes be severe

.

For example, anyone who violates the rest periods on Sundays and public holidays must

expect

a fine of up to 5,000 euros .

Disputes often end up in court.

However, there are no federal laws for barbecuing and the amount of the sanctions, which is why the local regulations must be observed.

According to

Bussgeldkatalog.org

, the following penalties have already been imposed:

  • (Repeated) violations of the grill regulations in the rental agreement

    or the house rules: Warning by the landlord until termination

  • Noise pollution from crickets

    during quiet times (night rest, Sundays and public holidays): up to EUR 5,000

  • Smoke from grilling

    , which moves into the neighboring apartment: approx. 100 euros

  • Unauthorized barbecuing in public:

    fine of between 5 and 5,000 euros

Tenants in particular should strictly follow the rules in their rental agreement when barbecuing.

In the event of violations

, the landlord may issue warnings or even termination

in the event of a repeat violation.

By the way, gardening work such as mowing the lawn or cutting down trees can also be really expensive – violations can result in a fine of up to 100,000 euros.

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