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Condo Cooking on BBQ: Navigating Barbecue Etiquette and Regulations

Updated: 2 hours ago

As we gather with friends and family to maximize our summers, many will take advantage of the warming weather by hosting outdoor events and picnics while cooking on the BBQ. While these al fresco gatherings offer a wonderful opportunity to enjoy delicious food and quality time together, it's important to be mindful of condo outdoor barbecue etiquette and regulations to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone involved.

Barbecue may not be the road to world peace, but it's a start - Anthony Bourdain

Our favourite chef, the late Anthony Bourdain, isn't wrong! We especially believe that BBQ is a great way to strengthen connections with family and friends, but also with neighbours in your condo! It's a great personal event, or even a social committee option for consideration, but whichever route you go for enjoying outdoor cooking on the BBQ - be sure that you're respectful of your condo, its community, or any other nearby neighbour!

Here are our top factors to consider when condo cooking on BBQs:


Condo Cooking on BBQ

Choose a Suitable Location for Cooking on BBQ

Condos often have a dedicated space for those looking to do some BBQing, which can usually be used by all residents or rented out for private events. Ensure that you understand your condo's rules and regulations about this area before getting started, and that you respect them while grilling on the BBQ and hosting your event.

If you're choosing to BBQ elsewhere, such as at a public park, choose a designated barbecue area or a spacious outdoor setting that is conducive to grilling and dining. Ensure that the chosen location is permitted for barbecuing and complies with any local regulations or guidelines regarding open flames and outdoor cooking.

Don't forget that many condos have restrictions regarding cooking on your balcony! Here's a great guide on the summer set-up and safety for your condo balcony, including free templates for condo managers!

Respect Noise and Disturbance Levels: Respecting the Community While Cooking

Be considerate of nearby barbecuers and other people by keeping noise levels to a minimum and avoiding disruptive behavior. If hosting a barbecue in a public public or communal space, adhere to any noise ordinances and be mindful of quiet hours. Don't forget that condos have rules about nuisance behaviours, which includes noise.

Dispose of Post BBQ Waste Properly

Maintain cleanliness and hygiene by disposing of barbecue waste, such as general garbage, food scraps, and packaging, in designated trash receptacles. Avoid littering or leaving behind any mess that could detract from the enjoyment of the BBQ and environment for others. Failure to clean up after yourself could put you at risk for being back-charged by the condo, and you may end up with amenity restrictions for repeat issues.

Practice Fire Safety While Cooking on BBQ

Exercise caution when using barbecue grills or open flames outdoors to prevent accidents and minimize the risk of fire hazards as you're cooking on the BBQ. Follow manufacturer instructions for safe operation of the grill, and ensure that it is positioned on a stable surface away from flammable materials. You can check out this general fire safety tips issued by Canada's government to make sure everyone is safe,

Be Mindful of Smoke and Odors

Consideration for others extends to minimizing the impact of barbecue smoke and odors on surrounding areas. Position the grill downwind, if possible, to reduce the spread of smoke, or avoid cooking on the BBQ on especially windy days.


By adhering to outdoor barbecue etiquette and regulations, everyone can enjoy a memorable celebration while respecting the environment and the well-being of others. Whether grilling up the usual favorites or experimenting with seasonal vegetarian dishes, let's come together for some condo cooking on the BBQ with good food, good company, and the beauty of the great outdoors.

Wishing you a fun summer full of delicious barbecue delights!

-Stratastic Inc.

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