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Restriction on Installation of Solid Fuel Burners

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 0.60 grams of particles per kilogram of dry wood burned (g/kg), can be installed in homes in the Rotorua Airshed. All pellet fires on the Ministry for the Environment's Authorised Wood Burner List can be installed in the Airshed.

How is this rule being enforced?

From 1 November 2017 Rotorua Lakes Council will only issue Building Consents for wood burners that are on the Ministry for the Environment's Authorised Wood Burner List, that have an emission discharge of no more than 0.60 grams of particles per kilogram of dry wood burned.  Building Consents will be issued for any pellet fire providing it is on the Ministry for the Environment's Authorised Wood Burner List. 

Go to the Ministry For The Environment website to view the list of authorised woodburners, requirements for woodburners in urban areas and frequently asked questions on installation in urban areas.  

Why do we need to restrict the type of wood burners being installed?

Every winter, smoke from fires causes Rotorua to exceed Central Government's National Environmental Standards for Air Quality. Where there is poor air quality there is poor health. To reduce the smoke that fires emit our Government changed wood burner design standards in September 2005. New burner technology emits less smoke which means cleaner air and improved health in the community.