Wood burners and hot water cylinders

Find out everything you need to know about installing wood burners and new hot water cylinders.


Wood burners

Approved wood burners

Since 1 September 2005, new wood burners must meet the National Environmental Wood Burner Design standard and be on the list of approved wood burners. This standard applies to all properties with an area of less than 2 hectares.

Inspections of wood burners

Wood burners require two inspections: before the wood burner is installed and one after installation. The final inspection must be carried out before you use the wood burner.

Application for wood burners

When you're making an application to install a wood burner, you'll need to provide us with the following along with your application form and checklist:

  • Application for Building Consent (PDF 372 kb)
  • a copy of Certificate of Title or rates invoice
  • Checklist for Wood burners (PDF 79 kb)
  • manufacturer’s specifications and installation instructions
  • details of the wetback system and connections, if it is a wood burner with a wetback
  • a floor plan of the building that clearly shows the proposed location of the heater unit and adjacent rooms, doors and windows (for free standing fires only). See the sample plan for details required
  • location of smoke alarms on the plan
  • a Producer Statement if it's a second hand fire place (a new flue must be installed).

Hot Water Cylinders

When you make an application to install a hot water cylinder, you'll need to provide us with the following along with your application form and checklist:

Note: Get in touch with us to find out if you also need a resource consent when the hot water cylinder is placed on the exterior of the house.


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