Requirements for Solid Fuel Heating

Domestic oil and solid fuel heating appliances can be a major source of air pollution and adversely affect human health and the environment.

To effectively assess and mitigate these impacts, the following information is required to be submitted to Council with the application to install a solid fuel heating appliance (Section 68 of the Local Government Act 1993):

  • Domestic oil or solid fuel heating appliance (other than a portable appliance)
  • Details of the installer;
  • Manufacturer’s specifications including but not limited to the brand and model of the solid fuel heating appliance and flue;
  • A certificate of compliance certifying that the heater complies with AS/NZS 4012:2014 Domestic solid fuel burning appliances - Method for determination of power output and efficiency, and AS/NZS 4013:2014 Domestic solid fuel burning appliances -Method for determination of flue gas emission;
  • Installation details for the solid fuel heating appliance demonstrating compliance with AS/NZS 2918:2018, Domestic Solid fuel burning appliances – Installation;
  • A detailed floor plan and elevation of the building showing the position and discharge height of the solid fuel heating appliance and chimney/ flue;
  • A site plan drawn to scale showing the location and height of the chimney/ flue in relation to any surrounding structures (i.e. homes or other buildings) within a minimum 15m horizontal radius. The site plan shall also detail topography and other landscape features that may influence dispersion;
  • In addition to the above, properties located within R1, R2, R3 & R4 zones require the submission of an odour impact assessment prepared by a suitably qualified air quality consultant in accordance with the NSW EPA’s policy framework for managing odour;
  • As part of the assessment, the consultant shall evaluate site suitability and consider the likelihood of the solid fuel heater resulting in land-use conflict, taking into consideration its compatibility with current and future land-use in the area and sensitivity of the surrounding environment. If required, mitigation measures shall be specified to achieve compliance with the assessment criteria.
  • Council requires all odour impact assessments to be prepared by a suitably qualified air quality consultant who is a:
    • Certified Environmental Practitioner under the CEnvP Scheme administered by the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ); or
    • Certified Air Quality Professional under the CAQP Scheme administered by the Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand (CASANZ).
  • Any other details relevant to this application