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The Canterbury Air Regional Plan came into force in October 2017, introducing restrictions around wood burners in Clean Air Zones (areas where air pollution is often high) and on properties less than two hectares. However, this is not to mean that you can’t embrace the warmth and cosiness of a wood burner in these areas, just that you need to opt for ultra-low emission burners, which feature good fuel and smoke-free burning techniques.

In Clean Air Zones:
Properties less than 2 ha in size (generally urban areas):
• ultra-low emission burners are allowed into all homes, including new homes
• ultra-low emission burners have no expiry date (under the current Air Plan)
• any new burner installed must be an ultra-low emission burner
• low emission burners may not be installed into new homes
• existing low emission burners are able to be used from the date of install as per council permit for up to 20 years
• older-style burners cannot be used. They must be replaced with an ultra-low emission burner (or non-emitting heating such as a heat pump)
• open fires cannot be used.
Properties that are greater than 
2 ha in size (generally rural areas):
• ultra-low emission burners and low emission burners are allowed into all homes, including new homes
• older-style burners can be used, but cannot be installed
• open fires installed from 2013 onwards cannot be used
• use dry, seasoned wood only
• no visible smoke, except for brief periods during start-up and re-loading
• no burning toxic substances and materials including painted or treated timber
• no burning coal with a sulphur content of more than 1 per cent (most readily-available coal)
• There are exceptions for listed heritage buildings where the heating appliances and chimney were original features (including restored original features).

Outside of Clean Air Zones:
Properties that are less than 2 ha in size (generally urban areas):
• burn smoke-free – same as for sites in the Clean Air Zone
• ultra-low emission burners and low emission burners are allowed into all homes, including new homes
• open fires and older-style burners can be used, but cannot be installed
• no burning of toxic substances/materials.

Properties that are greater than 2 ha in size (generally rural areas):
• any burner may be installed and used
• no burning of toxic substances/materials
• good practice to use dry and seasoned wood
• good practice to have no visible smoke, except for brief periods during start up and reloading.

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