Wood Heaters


You need approval from Council before you install a wood heater.

To apply for approval complete the form:

This is a requirement under the NSW Local Government Act 1993

If you are buying a new wood heater, it must be certified under Australian Standard AS/NZS 4013. 

You also may not alter the structure, exhaust system, or inlet of any heater that is certified under AS/NZS 4013.

Get the most out of your wood heater

As a simple rule, if you can see or smell smoke, you are not getting the most from your wood heater.

You are also affecting your neighbours and family.

Read the NSW EPA's tips:

Is there a smokey chimney near you?

If a neighbour's chimney is creating excess smoke and causing you discomfort you can:

We address complaints with education first.

If this doesn't fix the issue, Council can use its powers under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act (1997)

We may serve a Smoke Abatement Notice that directs the occupier of the premises to stop their wood heater from creating excessive smoke within 21 days.

A Smoke Abatement Notice remains in force for 6 months.

Failure to comply with the notice is an offence.