The Melbourne Balcony Safety Rules are designed to ensure you have a safe, secure and comfortable space in your balcony and that there is always a safe and secure place to sit and enjoy the night out.
The guidelines say you should ensure that all people who use the balcony must use a railing and that no one can enter your balcony, including the people you’re sharing the balcony with.
Read more about balcony safety laws.
The Balconies Safety Guidelines also say you need to consider what people will see and hear from your balcony.
“You need to be aware of how the balcony will affect people who are nearby,” said Ben Azzopardi from the Melbourne Balcons Safety Group.
“So you need an approach that is not overly aggressive, not too passive but not overly intrusive,” he said.
“The most important thing is to use reasonable, safe and effective measures to minimise disruption and ensure people can’t enter or leave the balcony without a safety barrier.”
The guidelines also say the balcony should be kept clean and free of rubbish, and that you should not use a public toilet, drink or smoke on your balcony unless you’re at a meeting or a wedding.
“I think it’s important to note that if you’re going to have a meeting on your property, you shouldn’t have to use a balcony,” Mr Azzogni said.
But the guidelines are not meant to cover every balcony, he said, and people can be more flexible in their balconies use.
“If it’s a balcony you use at work, it might be a bit of a no-go area,” he told 7.30.
“But if it’s just for family members, friends and you, then maybe it’s okay.”
It’s a matter of individual judgement.
“You can find out more about the Melbourne safety rules here.
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