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Useful Disposable BBQ Info Ahead Of The Heatwave

Friday 12th Aug 2022 |

Last week M&S announced that they would no longer be selling disposable BBQs, in a bid to protect open spaces and wildlife, after the UK recorded its highest ever temperatures last month.

But while they might seem like a cost effective way to enjoy the nice weather with your friends, did you know that there are laws on when and where you can use a disposable BBQ?

With this in mind the team at BPP University Law School have pulled together a list of laws you should know before firing up a BBQ to enjoy the nice weather.

  1. BBQs in parks can sometimes be illegal

When it comes to use of common land and town greens such as parks or national trust properties, regulations on whether you can have a BBQ can vary.

For example in places like London and Birmingham, there are by-laws in place that prohibit the use of disposable BBQs in green spaces. Whereas in other parts of the country having a BBQ in public parks is allowed as long as it’s in a designated area and care is taken to reduce the risk of a fire.

So if you’re planning to enjoy the nice weather by firing up the grill, it’s always worth checking with your local council what the rules are to avoid getting into trouble.

  1. Not disposing of your BBQ can count as littering

If you’ve had a BBQ in a park or place where they are permitted, it is always essential that you clean up after yourself as leaving it behind can count as littering. Dropping or leaving litter in public places in the UK is a criminal offence and can carry a fine of up to £2,500.

Those who are authorised to do so can also charge someone with a fixed penalty notice of £150 as an alternative to prosecution.

  1. Some beaches have their own rules

While it is perfectly legal to have BBQs on some beaches, a lot of local councils are now implementing their own rules that mean you cannot use disposable BBQs. Having a single-use disposable BBQ on beaches where they are prohibited could see you landing a £100 fine and it being confiscated.

  1. Remember that even your balcony may be out of bounds

Surely you are entitled to have a BBQ in the comfort of your own home? Think again, although it’s not technically a crime it presents a huge fire risk to you and your neighbours.

Not only that, but landlords will often specify in contracts that BBQs should not be used on balconies. Failing to comply with these rules could count as breach of your house contract, and see tenants pay the landlord in damages or their lease terminated early.

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