The City of Detroit changed ordinances covering barbecue grills in 2017, aiming to prevent accidental fires when grills tip over or flames lick too close to homes. Remember that it is now illegal to barbecue in front of your house. All grills must be set up either on the side or rear of your house. Also, it is illegal to grill under a roof or covered area, and grills must be set up at least 10 feet from a property line. Violations can lead to warnings or fines. If you or a neighbor suffer fire damage as a result of a code violation, your insurance policy may not cover your loss.