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Heating Appliances

Don't get left out in the cold!

Environment Canterbury has recently introduced new rules surrounding solid fuel heaters in Timaru District – find out what this means for you.

If you live in the Timaru Air Zone

If you have an older style burner that is older than 15 years and if you want to continue to burn wood, you are required to have it replaced with either a Low emitting or an Ultra Low emitting appliance (remember Low emitting appliances have a 15 year life). This means that you will need to have your building consent application lodged into the Timaru District Council by 31 October 2017. After this date you can only replace your older style heater with an Ultra Low appliance.

If your existing woodburner turns 15 years old between 31 October 2017 and 1 January 2019 and if you want to continue to burn wood, you can replace it with a Low emitting appliance providing you lodge your building consent with the Timaru District Council before 1 January 2019. After this date you can only replace exiting woodburners with Ultra Low appliances.

The use of open fires is now not permitted in the Timaru Air Zone.

If you live in the Geraldine Air Zone

If you have an older style woodburner (15 years or older) you can continue to use this until 1 January 2020 or until the property is sold (whichever comes first). They can be replaced with a Low or an Ultra Low emitting appliance (remember Low emitting appliances have a 15 year life).

The use of open fires is not permitted in the Geraldine Air Zone.

If you have any questions relating to these rules, you should visit the ECAN website. ECAN have also published a list of ECAN approved appliances.

Building Consents for Heating Appliances

If you are proposing to install any kind of solid or liquid fuel heating appliance, e.g. woodburner, multi-fuel burner, diesel burner or cooker using wood as a fuel, then you should read all of the following information.

A completed Building Consent application on BA Form 2H is required prior to installing any new or replacement solid or liquid fuel heating appliance. The cost of this building consent is currently $290.00 incl GST. Information required to be provided for the approval of a Building Consent should include the following:

  1. Installation details from the manufacturer of both the appliance and flue system.
  2. A floor plan of the house showing the location of the woodburner and smoke alarms.
  3. Proof of ownership is required to show you own the property. This could be a copy of your certificate of title or a copy of a rates account.
  4. Proposed Flue flashing system. The type and detail will vary depending on the roofing type.

Other Important Notes

  1. Once the consent is issued, an Inspection of the heating appliance must be completed and approved by a Building Control Officer before it can be used.
  2. When a hot water booster or wet back is being installed, a tempering valve (anti scalding device) must be fitted in the supply from the cylinder to the sanitary fixtures. This requirement does not apply if an existing hot water booster or wetback is being replaced. The installation of a water booster or wetback must be completed by a craftsman plumber.
  3. An application for Code Compliance Certificate must be made to Council as soon as the installation has been completed and this can be given to the Inspector at the inspection stage.

You do not need a building consent for installation of a gas or electric heater or heat pump.

Guidance Notes

  • Flue Height: The minimum flue heights specified in AS/NZS 2918:2001 (Solid Fuel/Liquid Fuel Heaters) or the manufacturer's installation instruction may be insufficient if combustion problems and smoke or odour nuisance are to be avoided. Consideration should be given to extend the flue height above those required by the manufacturer or AS/NZS 2918:2001.
  • Following the inspection you will receive a Code Compliance Certificate provided that the building work has been correctly completed.
  • The cost of one inspection is covered by the Building Consent fee for which you pay at the time of applying for the Building Consent. Additional fees are payable if more that one inspection is necessary.

Emissions

Environment Canterbury is the approving authority for the emission standards for solid fuel / liquid fuel heaters. You should visit the ECAN website if you have any other questions relating to these rules, not covered within this advisory.

Inspection

To arrange an Inspection phone the Timaru District Council on 03 687 7200. You will be asked to provide the following information:

  • Building consent number
  • Address of the property
  • Type of inspection
  • Your name
  • Your contact phone number
  • Will you be on site?

Publish Date: 02 Apr 2014