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Air Quality Bylaw

Rotorua Air Quality Control Bylaw 2017

The Bylaw contains three rules. If you own a property in the Rotorua urban area, and have appliances that burn wood or coal, then the Bylaw will apply to you, or your tenants.

Rotorua has serious air pollution problems during winter. The Rotorua Air Quality Control Bylaw will remove solid fuel burners* that are not clean-air approved to help improve our air quality.

Under the Point of Sale Rule the onus is on the vendor to remove all non-compliant solid fuel burners before the title transfers to the new owner.

The rules may affect how you can heat your home.

 

What is a bylaw?

Bylaws are special rules created in response to the needs and concerns of our community. Bylaws help local authorities run their district smoothly. The Rotorua Lakes Council and Bay of Plenty Regional Council developed the Air Quality Control Bylaw to help clean up Rotorua's air.

The rules:

1. New Burner Rule

From 1 November 2017 only wood burners on the Ministry for the Environment's Authorised Wood Burner List, that have an emission discharge of no more than 0.6 grams of particles per kilogram of dry wood burned can be installed in homes in the Rotorua airshed. Pellet fires can only be installed if they are on the Ministry for the Environment's Authorised Wood Burner List, but there is no emissions limit set for these type of fires.

2. Point of Sale Rule

From 1 May 2012 you cannot sell a property in the Rotorua airshed with solid fuel burners that are NOT clean-air approved. The onus is on the vendor to remove all non-compliant solid fuel burners before the title transfers to the new owner.

3. Indoor Open Fire Rule

From 1 May 2015 indoor open fires cannot be used.

* Solid fuel burner is any appliance that burns wood or coal. Some examples: wood burners, open fires, Marshall heaters, chip heaters, pot belly stoves