Establishing Roof Deck Rules for Your Building

Warm weather is finally here, which means many buildings are going to start to see a drastic increase in their roof deck usage. Roof decks are terrific amenities for buildings and can increase the desire for potential residents to apply for occupancy, but the luxury of having a roof deck comes with its share of potential risks too.

For any building with a roof deck, a list of Roof Deck Rules is a must-have. A comprehensive list of rules will help keep your residents safe and can aid in protecting you if there is an accident.

What should you include in your list of Roof Deck Rules?

  • Hours– Provide the hours of resident accessibility.
  • Areas of Usage – Are there any areas that are off limits? Make sure you specify.
  • Food & Beverages – Specify if cooking, barbequing and alcohol consumption is allowed on the roof.  Many buildings prohibit glass containers to avoid the risk of broken glass. Barbeques and grills should be used in accordance with city and fire department laws and ordinances. Some fire codes prohibit their use.
  • Guest Policy– Determine if guests are allowed and if there is a limit as to how many guests are allowed per resident.
  • Smoking – Smoking is often not permitted on roof decks and should be specified in your rules.
  • Housekeeping – Dedicate a rule to remind residents that they are responsible for the proper disposal of their own trash.
  • Pets – If pets are prohibited, add a rule to specify.
  • Noise – What noise is acceptable on your roof deck? Many buildings prohibit the use of radios and encourage headsets.
  • Children– Children under 18 should be accompanied by an adult.
  • Dress Code– Determine if you want to establish a dress code. Shoes should be mandatory for roof deck occupants.
  • Parties – Can residents rent the roof for private parties? Establish a rate and the maximum number of guests allowed.
  • Furniture– Make sure anything on the roof deck is secure when not in use, in the event of a wind gust. Be careful that heavy items, such as furniture and planters, will not cause damage to the roof and do not have the potential to be blown off

The above list is a guide that we hope will help you when you develop your property’s Roof Deck Rules. Each property has its own unique set of needs and should develop additional rules accordingly.  Check out our Summer Survival Kit for more information on how you can keep your community association in top shape for the summer weather maintenance.  For more tips, contact us any time.