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Solid Fuel Burner Regulations

Rotorua Solid Fuel Burner Guide

Click on the above link for a summary of all Rotorua solid fuel burner rules.

Rotorua Air Quality Control Bylaw 2017

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 a wintertime air pollution problem. The Rotorua Air Quality Control Bylaw will remove solid fuel burners* that are non-compliant to help improve our air quality.

Under the Point of Sale Rule, the onus is on the vendor (seller) to remove or replace all non-compliant solid fuel burners before the title transfers to the new owner. Vendors are legally obliged to remove all non-compliant solid fuel burners. Vendors are not legally obliged to replace them. Vendors are legally required to complete a Rotorua Air Quality Control Bylaw Point of Sale Compliance Form if a solid fuel burner has been removed (or replaced). Any person who breaches the Bylaw commits an offence under section 239 of the Local Government Act 2002 and is liable on summary conviction to a fine under section 242(4) of that Act not exceeding $20,000.

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

Since 1 November 2017 only wood burners that have an emission discharge of no more than 0.60 grams of particles per kilogram of dry wood burned can be installed in homes in the Rotorua airshed. 

2. Point of Sale Rule

Since 1 May 2012, you cannot sell a property in the Rotorua airshed with solid fuel burners that were installed pre-September 2005. The onus is on the vendor to remove (or replace) all non-compliant solid fuel burners before the title transfers to the new owner.

3. Indoor Open Fire Rule

Since 1 May 2015 indoor open fires cannot be used.

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