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are fire pits allowed on top floor of apartment

just came over from the states.
my wife brought the outdoor fire pit and wants to build a fire in it.
is this allowed? so many regulations over here, I thought we should ask first.
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Old 01.01.2015, 16:49
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Re: are fire pits allowed on top floor of apartment

My guess would be "no," but I would ask your landlord or maintenance guy first.
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Old 01.01.2015, 16:52
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Re: are fire pits allowed on top floor of apartment

Only if it looks like this:
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Old 01.01.2015, 16:58
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Re: are fire pits allowed on top floor of apartment

I had to google fire pit, and came across a very similar one to your picture DB.
I want one!

OP, are you thinking of using it indoors?
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Re: are fire pits allowed on top floor of apartment

Check your rental agreement. There you can find your answer. Normally it is not allowed to have an open fire on your balcony.
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Old 01.01.2015, 23:33
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Re: are fire pits allowed on top floor of apartment

We lit two small outdoor candles on our balcony and got someone from the street ringing on our doorbell to say something was on fire on our balcony. I imagine if we'd had a firepit they would have just called the fire service.
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Old 01.01.2015, 23:36
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Re: are fire pits allowed on top floor of apartment

Only if your apartment isn't higher than the fire service's longest (highest) ladder.
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Old 01.01.2015, 23:54
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Re: are fire pits allowed on top floor of apartment

Honestly, who in their right mind would even consider lighting one in the apartment?
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Re: are fire pits allowed on top floor of apartment

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Honestly, who in their right mind would even consider lighting one in the apartment?
Maybe the same type of people who let a christmas-tree dry out till February and then light up the candles "one more time"?

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Re: are fire pits allowed on top floor of apartment

How big is it? We lived on a top floor apartment in Basel with a big balcony. We used to have charcoal bbqs regularly without a problem.

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Re: are fire pits allowed on top floor of apartment

I know this says nothing about the legality of it, but tons of people use grills (charcoal or gas) and fire pits on their rooftop terraces.

I've heard (but haven't investigated to verify) that a landlord cannot bar you from using a gas grill, but can restrict wood/charcoal due to the smoke.
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Re: are fire pits allowed on top floor of apartment

Depends on height of feet and surface of balcony- BBQs are high on feet, fire pits often just above floor level. If there is macadam/asphalt on balcony, it could cause serious melting and damage- and with some tiles, could cause cracking.
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Re: are fire pits allowed on top floor of apartment

Usually/generally speaking it's allowed, but check your rental contract as well as your "Hausordnung".

If charcoal BBQs are disallowed it's typically because the smoke and smell can be really disturbing for people in apartments above. Ofc the reasoning doesn't apply to top floor but they may still be forbidden.
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Re: are fire pits allowed on top floor of apartment

Seriously .... ? I use an open feuerkorb in my garden, a minimum distance of 5m from my house and wouldn't dream of having anything that produces hot embers, any closer.
Just a light breeze will pick these up and dance them in the air - I don't want to find one heading into the rafters.

On Friday, when I returned home from skiing, I could just about make it into my driveway because of fire trucks and hoses ...... a nearby neighbour's house with burnt out first floor and half the roof missing.

I don't know any details, but it re-emphasises how easily structures and contents can go up in flames, for (possibly) the smallest error of judgement, or false belief of immunity.
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Re: are fire pits allowed on top floor of apartment

Hello iinspect

the answer to your question - like so many, many aspects of life in Switzerland - could be different not just from canton to canton, but from municipality to municipality.

1. I agree with all those who advise you to ask your caretaker, and to read the contract.
2. And also to use your common sense.
3. You could also walk over to your municipality office and ask there if there is a regulation for the town in which you live. (For this matter, and for any other question. Good idea to become known there as the couple who are new, learning German, and trying to integrate and do things the right way.)
4. If you feel those three don't give you a conclusive answer, you could ask the Tenants' Association (called Mieterverband). Membership is inexpensive and highly recommended, as they give advice to tenants and look out for their interests before the landlord and politically.
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