Can I cook on my deck or balcony?

Fire Permissibility List


Items 1-3 do not apply to one and two family dwellings.


  1.  Cooking
    1. Gas
      1. Not permitted on decks or balconies
      2. Must be 10 feet away from structures
    2. Charcoal
      1. Same restrictions as Gas
    3. Wood smokers
      1. Same restrictions as Gas
    4. Electric
      1. Permitted on decks and balconies
      2. Must be UL listed
  2. Heating
    1. Propane
      1. Outdoor stand heaters must be 5 ft away from structures
      2. Not allowed on decks or balconies with structure overhead
      3. Indoor must be UL listed for indoor
    2. Kerosene
      1. Same as propane
  3. Decorative
    1. Flame tables
      1. Permitted on decks and balconies
      2. Must be UL listed
  4. Open Fires
    1. Fire Pits
      1. Must be less than 2 ft in diameter
      2. 25 ft from a structure
        1. Non-attached fences are not considered a structure
      3. Require a permit
      4. No construction debris
      5. Nothing larger than 5in in diameter
    2. Portable (Chiminea or “Solo stove”)
      1. Same restrictions as fire pits

Show All Answers

1. How do I obtain a burning permit?
2. Can I cook on my deck or balcony?
3. Can I put a heater or flame table on my deck?
4. How do I get a copy of a fire / emergency medical services report?
5. How do I schedule a fire station tour or arrange for a fire engine to stop by a block/birthday party, etc.?
6. How do I become a firefighter for Hampton Fire/Rescue?
7. Why does the fire engine respond with the ambulance?
8. Where can I get my blood pressure checked?
9. Where can I get information on youth fire-setter prevention programs ?
10. Who can I call with questions about fire extinguishers?
11. Are fireworks allowed in Hampton?