You must obtain a building consent to install, or move, all solid and liquid fuel heaters in your home.
Once it is installed or moved, you should obtain a code compliance certificate before the appliance is used. While you do not need a building consent to replace a flue or firebricks with comparable materials, your work will still need to comply with the building code(external link).
Installing a heat pump does not require a building consent but must be installed by registered electricians who certify their own work.
Note: The Council may make a decision to issue the code compliance certificate without an application for a solid fuel burner when satisfied that the requirements of Section 94 of the Building Act 2004(external link) have been met. All construction documentation should be on site or received and accepted at this time, if not previously submitted.
1. Check Environment Canterbury's (ECan) list of authorised solid fuel burners.
The Council has checked and approved the installation instructions for most burners shown on the list of authorised appliances.(external link)
Note: The rules around which solid fuel burner you can install are changing (when within a clean air zone and in sites less than two hectares).
Find out about your clean air zone(external link).
2. Obtain a building consent
3. Inspection and code compliance certificate
Second hand solid and liquid fuel burners cannot be installed unless:
A new inner flue is required in all cases.
Heating systems that require building consent also include:
Heaters that do not require building consent are:
If you decide to make changes to your consent then you will need to make a formal application for amendment. Some changes can be processed as in-house minor variations (such as changing the make or model of your burner) and some require full amendments (such as a change of location). Refer to our Change Your Building Consent webpage for further information. The fee as stated on our Building Consents Fee Schedule will need to accompany the application.
An older-style wood burner is not permitted for use, regardless of its age. It can be replaced by an ultra-low emission burner. Contact Environment Canterbury on 0800 324 636 (0800 ECINFO) if you are unsure about what type of burner you have, or if you are worried about your home heating situation.
For more information about installation standards, see AS/NZ2918. (external link)
Sometimes this can be complex, so we recommend you consult an experienced heating appliance installer. This standard contains information such as flue heights and appliances clearances. Manufacturers' installation instructions should be followed.
General guidance for the installation of roof flashing to the flue of a solid fuel heater [PDF, 431 KB] (Information sheet B-303).
Smoke alarm [PDF, 241 KB] (Information sheet B-311)
Domestic fire sprinkler [PDF, 84 KB] (Information sheet B-314)
Ask a Duty Building Consent Officer for more advice:
Phone: 03 941 8999