How old is your burner? Do the new rules affect you?

Published: 16-Mar-2017

New rules have been introduced to phase out wood burners 15 years or older, and these may be replaced with a low emission wood burner.

Homeowners have until 31 October 2017 to install a new burner providing a building consent has been issued by your Council.

The Canterbury Air Plan has been designed to improve air quality in Canterbury towns by ensuring the community moves to cleaner heating appliances over time.

Environment Canterbury recommend where possible people choose the cleanest heating appliance available.

Details about the Rangiora, Christchurch, Kaiapoi and Ashburton Clean Air Zones and which types of burners can be used are available on Environment Canterbury’s website.

Here are some important things you need to know:

  • All older style wood burners (that do not meet a 1 gram emission standard and are not on the Environment Canterbury authorised list. www.ecan.govt.nz/data/authorised-burners/) that are 15 years or older can be replaced with a low emission wood burner provided that a building consent is issued by Waimakariri District Council, Christchurch City Council, or Ashburton District Council (depending on where you live) before 31 October 2017.
  • After 31 October 2017, older style burners in Rangiora & Kaiapoi can be replaced with a Low Emission Burner provided they are being replaced before they reach 15 years of age.

Find out more on ECan's website.

Find out more about installing a woodburner.

Name: Environment Canterbury

Phone: 0800 329 276