Solid Fuel Heaters and Fires
This page provides information on building consent applications for solid fuel heaters and fires.
Solid fuel heaters and fires require a Building Consent
The Building Consent application process for solid fuel heaters and fires is the same as for other building work with some additional information requirements.
To apply for your consent you may print off and use the Application for Building Consent form from our Building Consents Forms link below. You may also print off the Solid Fuel Appliances Information Sheet from the same page to assist you.
Additional information is required for solid fuel heater applications
In addition to the Building Consent Application you must include:
- The heater or fire manufacturer’s specifications and installation instructions.
- A floor plan of your dwelling or building showing where the heater will be installed, the position of all windows and doors and identification of the rooms adjacent to the one in which the heater is being installed.
- Building work plans, details and specifications.
- Connection details for a wet back heater linked to a hot water cylinder if applicable.
Note: If the appliance is to be used as a wetback or if additional building or plumbing work is required then the set charge for a solid fuel heater does not apply.
Where you intend using a secondhand heater or fire you must supply a report from a registered installer certifying the firebox is in a safe condition (with photos) and serial numbers. Note: In all cases new flues must be installed.
Solid fuel heaters must comply with national environmental standards
All new wood burners must comply with the National Environmental Standards. A list of burners meeting the standard is available from the Ministry for the Environment.
For more information on this print off the Solid Fuel Appliances Information Sheet from our Building Consents Forms link below or visit the Council’s Customer Services Centre.
What is the application processing time for a solid fuel heater?
Building Consent applications for solid fuel heater or fireplace installations are generally processed within 3 days provided all documentation is provided.
Building compliance inspections must be carried out
Your Building Consent will list the compliance inspections required to be carried out.
A Building Compliance Officer must inspect an existing chimney prior to flue installation where a heater is being installed in an existing fireplace.
Links to more building consent information
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