B.C. Air Quality

Wood Stove Regulations and Bylaws

Solid Fuel Burning Domestic Appliance Regulation

The Solid Fuel Burning Domestic Appliance Regulation specifies particulate emission limits, and labeling and testing requirements, for new solid fuel (wood) stoves, fireplace inserts and factory-built fireplaces manufactured after November 1, 1994.

The Ministry of Environment is reviewing and revising this regulation. For more information, and to view the ministries’ policy intentions paper, see Proposed Changes to the Solid Fuel Burning Domestic Appliance Regulation.

Municipal Bylaws

Many municipalities have passed bylaws regulating wood stoves, along with open burning and vehicle idling. To learn more, see Inventory of Air Quality Bylaws in British Columbia for: Anti-Idling, Open-Burning, and Wood-Burning-Appliances.

Also, Environment Canada has created a Model Municipal Bylaw for Regulating Wood Burning Appliances. It is intended to help municipalities establish a bylaw on wood-burning appliances in areas where these appliances are causing significant air quality problems.

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