Woodburners and Solid Fuel Heaters

This page will give you information about Tasman District Council's requirements for woodburners and tell you how to apply for a woodburner building consent (sometimes known as a fire permit).

Rules for Woodburners

All wood burners installed indoors after 1 September 2005, on a property less than 2 hectares anywhere in the District, must comply with the Ministry for the Environment's National Environment Standards for Air Quality (NES). This NES requires woodburners to meet an emission limit of less than 1.5 g/kg (grams of particulate per kilogram of wood burnt) and an efficiency of greater than 65 percent.

Special Rules for Woodburners in the Richmond Airshed

As part of a project to combat poor air quality in Richmond over winter, there are stricter requirements for woodburners installed in Richmond properties.

Applying for a Building Consent

To help speed up the time taken to get your building consent issued, please supply all of the following information with your application.

  • Two complete copies of the manufacturer’s installation instructions for your chosen woodburner.
  • Two copies of the manufacturer’s installation instructions for the flue kit to be used – this should show both the roof and ceiling penetration details.
  • Two copies of the roof flashing system to be used. Please note: Tasman District Council requires both Boot and Soaker type flashing to be used for all roof penetrations.
  • Two copies of a floor plan. This can be a sketch, but needs to name all of the rooms, and clearly show where the woodburner is to be located, along with the location of all smoke detectors.

If you are having problems finding the information, your installer should be able to help you.

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