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Domestic Wood BurnersPākaiahi

Information around the design and install of domestic wood burners.

Domestic wood burners

Proper care must be taken with the design and installation of all parts of any fuel fired heating appliance and their hearths and flues.

If you require clarification of the process for people with existing wood burners who wish to make repairs, or upgrade / replace with a more modern model please contact Council

Manufacturer's recommendations in connection with these appliances must be carefully followed. Any variation should first be discussed with a Building Inspector. Particular care must be taken when installing a built-in fuel heater into an existing fire place. (Please note that for an in-built fireplace an inspection is required before fitting the unit.)

Note: A building consent is required for all new Wood Burners. You will find essential information that you need to know when applying for the building consent here and a Code of Compliance must be obtained from the council before first lighting of a fire.

All materials adjacent to these heaters must be properly protected by maintaining clearances or by the use of adequate screening. On no account should clearances to hot surfaces be altered, protective screens removed, or flue shields air spaces be blocked.


Most heaters must be regularly cleaned and checked for soundness - the best time for such inspection being Autumn well before the heating season.

General Information

The web page for a national list of authorised domestic wood burners can be found on: and type in the Search window 'wood burner'

Low-combustion burners and/or those that can be turned down to allow them to smoulder overnight do not meet the ministry's standards.

Heat pumps, heat transfer systems, air conditioners and gas heaters do not require a building consent, but it is advised that a Certificate of Compliance be obtained from the installer.

Smoke alarms should be fitted into all buildings with or without heaters.


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