Deadline for low emission wood burners approaching

Monday 28 August, 2017

Ashburton District Council is reminding residents who live in the Clean Air Zone and wish to install a low emission wood burner that they have until 31 October to get their building consent applications in.

Environment Canterbury is phasing out older-style and low emission wood burners, and after the 31 October, residents inside the Ashburton Clean Air Zone (properties inside the Ashburton township) will only be able to apply to install an ultra-low emission wood burner.

Council Building Services Manager Michael Wong says there has been an influx of applications during the last few months to get a building consent before the cut-off date.

“We’ve been kept very busy processing these applications and we anticipate the trend will continue well into October. If you think this deadline affects you, and you haven’t got your consent sorted, please come and see us with your application. We’ll be accepting them right up until 31 October, but after that date, it will be too late.”

To be granted a Solid Fuel Heater Building Consent, applicants must provide a floor plan of their house indicating where the wood burner and smoke alarms will go, the wood burner specifications and a completed application form.

“You don’t need to have purchased your new wood burner prior to applying for the consent, we just need to know what you intend to use. Once we grant the consent, you will have a year to start the installation work, and another year to complete it. Once it is finished, we will inspect the work and if it meets compliance, we will issue a code compliance certificate.”

The Solid Fuel Heater application form and a checklist is available at the Council office and on the Council website.

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