Domestic Woodburners

This page gives a brief guide to installing a woodburner, including guidance for the Richmond Airshed.

Replacing Old or Installing New Domestic Woodburners

Outside of the Richmond Airshed, if you wish to install a new woodburner or replace an existing woodburner in any of the following zones, or on any site less than two hectares, only a wood burner which meets the National Environmental Standards for Air Quality may be installed.

  • Central Business
  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Mixed Business
  • Tourist Accommodation
  • Industrial
  • Papakainga
  • Open Space
  • Recreational; or
  • Rural Residential Zone [where the property is less than two hectares]

The Ministry for the Environment maintains a list of the compliant woodburners and your woodburner retailer can also provide you with information about clean air compliant wood burners.

You will also require Building Consent for the installation of the wood burner.

Outside of the listed areas, you may install the woodburner of your choice, however Council still recommends that a Clean-Air heat source be chosen.

Minimise the risk of causing smoke nuisance to your neighbours by following the good practice measures in our guide;  Operating a Woodburner properly

Replacing a Domestic Woodburner Within the Richmond Airshed

If you are replacing a woodburner in a property within the Richmond Airshed, you must only install a woodburner from the list of woodburners which meet or exceed the criteria of the National Environmental Standard for Air Quality.  The Ministry for the Environment maintains a list of the compliant woodburners and your woodburner retailer can also provide you with information about clean air compliant wood burners.

A Building Consent to carry out the work will be required.

No new homes in the Richmond Airshed are allowed to install wood burners at all, and no property in the Richmond Airshed currently without a woodburner may install a woodburner. Council recommends that alternative heat sources with no or low emissions be used in this instance e.g. gas heating, heat pumps, etc.

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