Why we need a bylaw for indoor domestic fires
In Auckland, air pollution levels are higher in winter, when households use their fireplaces. In 2016, there were approximately 99,000 indoor domestic fires in Auckland.
The Air Quality Bylaw for Indoor Domestic Fires 2017 regulates indoor domestic fires in residential properties and non-commercial buildings.
It will minimise Auckland’s winter air pollution and protect the health of Aucklanders.
Public engagement in developing the bylaw
From February to April 2017, we consulted on a draft air quality bylaw.
Feedback showed that Aucklanders recognised the importance of protecting our city’s air quality, and there was good support for the purpose of the bylaw.
Rules for indoor domestic fires
The bylaw re-establishes the baseline rules that were in the former Auckland Council Regional Plan: Air, Land and Water, which has now expired.
You can still use your current enclosed wood burner or open fire.
Your indoor fireplace must not discharge contaminants that have negative impacts on human health or on neighbouring properties.
You must not burn the following materials:
- wet wood
- wood and wood products that are painted, tanalised or treated
- fuel with a high sulphur content (e.g. high-sulphur coal)
- rubbish or green waste.
Rules for installing and replacing wood burners and other indoor fires
If you install a new enclosed wood burner or replace your current wood burner, the new one will need to meet:
If you install or replace another type of indoor fire, such as a multi-fuel fireplace or an open fire, the new one will have to meet the regional standards in the bylaw.
The bylaw includes a specific standard for new and replacement indoor domestic fires in the Auckland Urban Air Quality Area. This standard is more restrictive than in the region's rural areas, because houses are closer in urban areas.
Get a copy of the bylaw