Wood Heaters & Open Fireplaces

On 1 November 2016, the Protection of the Environment Operations (Clear Air) Amendment (Solid Fuel Heaters) Regulation 2016 came into effect. This amendment introduces more stringent efficiency and particulate emission standards for new domestic solid fuel heaters (wood heaters and open fire places).

Pursuant to section 6 of Part 2 of the Regulation, all heaters sold in NSW must have a certificate of compliance affirming that the model of heater meets the relevant Australian and New Zealand (AS/NZS) Standards. This certificate must be issued by a body approved by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

At the point of purchase, you should check with the retailer to see whether the appliance you are considering to purchase complies with the relevant AS/NZS Standards under the Regulation.  

Remember, Council approval is required if you wish to install or replace a wood heater or open fireplace in your home (see development application forms).

Wood smoke from domestic solid fuel combustion appliances, such as wood heaters and open fireplaces, is a major cause of air pollution in NSW. Fine particle pollution found in wood smoke is associated with a range of adverse health impacts, especially in young children, the elderly and those with existing respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.

Residents are to ensure their wood heaters and open fireplaces are operated efficiently and are not emitting excessive smoke. Smoke Abatement Notices and fines can be issued by Council for any wood heater or open fireplace emitting excessive smoke.

As a general rule of thumb, if you can see or smell smoke, then you are not operating your wood heater or open fireplace correctly and are impacting your neighbours and family.


How to reduce wood smoke emissions

Harmful pollution generated by wood heaters and open fireplaces can be drastically reduced if they are used correctly.

The tips in related links below help ensure you get the most from your wood heater and reduce the impact of wood smoke on your neighbours and family...

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