Council air plan requirements

Check with your local council for the airshed/emission requirements for your area

For residential properties located within a clean air zone, only clean air approved wood burners can be installed under the National Environmental Standard (NES) regulations which came into effect 1 September 2005. NES permits a maximum of 1.5 grams of particulates per kilogram of dry wood burnt with a minimum thermal efficiency of 65%. Some councils have imposed more stringent emission requirements which take precedence over NES. As an example: Central Otago Air Shed 1 is restricted to 0.7 grams and since January 2019, all new installations into Canterbury must be ultra low emission burners. A list of clean air and ultra low emission compliant wood burners is available on the Ministry for the Environment website.

For properties 2Ha+ and not situated within a clean air zone, you can install any model Metro fire. Our LTD models are specifically designed for lifestyle and rural properties over 2Ha in land size and feature longer burn times and larger capacity wetbacks for water heating.

Consent to completed installation

Use an NZHHA registered or suitably qualified installer

You will require a building consent before you install your wood burner. Wood burners can create a fire hazard if incorrectly installed and we recommend you use a New Zealand Home Heating Association registered installer or suitably qualified installer. The NZHHA has a list of approved installers and your local Metro agency will be able to assist with this also.

Your Metro agent/installer can advise on the most suitable location for installation and exactly what heating products and accessories you will need. They can also help manage the council permit process from consent application through to completed installation. You can lodge the building consent yourself, but your Metro agency/installer can ease this process and ensure all the information required by council is provided correctly. Some councils have a ‘fast-track’ consent system for preferred suppliers/installers which can help speed up the consenting process.

Confirm your property size to check whether your home is located within a clean air zone or not.

This will determine the type of model you can install. Your Metro agency or local council can advise if there are any specific airshed/emission requirements for your area.

Select the correct size Metro fire and applicable flue system and any necessary heating accessories.

Your Metro agency or local installer can advise on the most suitable location for installation and exactly what heating products / accessories you will need.

Have your new Metro fire installed correctly by an NZHHA registered or suitably qualified installer.

Your Metro agency or local installer can also help manage the council permit process from the consent application through to completed installation.