The plants, as well as the different elements that modify the building facades, they are the subject of discussion in most neighborhood communities. The controversy is generated around the security and possible dangers that may arise as a result of its detachment.
Competence of the autonomous communities
It is the competence of each autonomous community to have an ordinance in which the regulations for the correct coexistence among neighbors are collected. In our country, most communities advocate that, as long as the architectural or structural elements of the building are not modified, the installation of plants on balconies, as shown in the Municipal Ordinance on Uses of the Urban Landscape in the city of Barcelona, for example.
However, it should be noted that the terraces and balconies have a number of maximum weight to be respected in order to guarantee their safety. Attending to Technical building Code, it’s 200 kilos per square meter. If this figure is exceeded, we will incur an administrative penalty.
In addition to what has already been mentioned, there is another factor that determines the presence of the pots, which is the obligation that the installation is removable and do not violate no regulations related to the current accessibility code.
Responsibility for this exercise ultimately corresponds to the owner. Therefore, even if the community has civil insurance to cover common damages, it is important to be clear that this insurance would not act in the event that a pot falls off and causes physical or material damage.
On the other hand, despite being legal, it is recommended that the pots do not hang directly from the railings, especially if they are old and can be unstable to consequences of meteorological elements such as wind or rain, for example. And if they are inside our balcony, it is convenient that they rest on a plate that collects the irrigation water, thus avoiding leaks and humidity.