Is Council approval required?

Yes. You need to complete the application form and pay an application fee.

There are circumstances where a wood heater may not be suitable and an alternative heating system, such as gas, may have to be considered.

Buying a wood heater

Wood heaters must comply with the Australian Standard (AS/NZS 4013-2014) and be marked as such.

The retailer must provide a copy of the certificate of compliance for the model you purchase.

It is an offence for the retailer not to comply with these requirements.

Installing a wood heater

If we grant approval, installation must comply with the Australian Standard (AS/NZS 2918:2018).

Excessive smoke

When not installed or operated correctly, wood heaters can produce excessive smoke. This can be a nuisance and a health risk to nearby residents.

The flue of the wood heater should be cleaned annually to prevent the build-up of carbon.

Apply for a wood heater and fireplace

The emission of a visible plume of smoke from a chimney for a continuous period of not less than 10 minutes, including a period of not less than 30 seconds when the plume extends at least 10 metres from the chimney.

What wood can I burn?

The type of fuel you use has a major bearing on emissions.

You should only burn clean, dry, untreated hardwood. The wood must be seasoned for six to twelve months before use.

Wood should be stored clear of the ground, under a roof with open sides.