You must have the consent before you install, move or substantially replace the heater to make sure that it is installed properly and is safe to use.
You can do some building work – such as replacing a stainless steel flue, flue outer liner, or any item that can be easily removed (like fire bricks, grates, seals or glass) – under Schedule 1 of the Building Act 2004, which does not require building consent approval.
All work must comply with the Building Code, whether it needs a building consent or not.
Process for building consent approval
Get a building consent
Fill out an application for building consent (965KB PDF), and check out the guide to completing the building consent application form (1.17MB PDF).
Install your solid fuel heater
Once you have your building consent, you can install your solid fuel heating appliance. However, before you use it, we need to inspect the appliance to ensure it’s safe for you to use.
Book an inspection
There are two types of inspections available. Type one is for free-standing wood burners, type two for inbuilt wood burners. Free-standing wood burners only need a final inspection. In-built wood burners need two; one before fitting the fire box and a final inspection.
Code compliance certificate
When the final inspection is passed, you apply for a code compliance certificate. This certifies the installed appliance is safe to use and complies with the relevant standards and specifications.
Wood burners installed on properties under two hectares must comply with the National Environmental Standards for Air Quality under the Resource Management Act 1991. Before purchasing, we recommend you find out whether your appliance is an approved model. You can use the Ministry for the Environment's searchable list of authorised wood burners.