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Rotorua Air Quality Control Bylaw

Rotorua has serious air pollution problems during winter. The Rotorua Air Quality Control Bylaw will remove solid fuel burners that are not clean-air approved and help improve our air quality.

The rules may affect how you can heat your home.

The new rules:

1. New Burner Rule

From 1 December 2010 only clean-air approved wood burners and pellet fires can be installed in homes in the Rotorua airshed.


2. Point of Sale Rule

From 1 May 2012 you cannot sell a property in the Rotorua airshed with solid fuel burners that are NOT clean-air approved. 

See our Point of Sale Rule page for more information.


 3. Open Fire Rule

From 1 May 2015 indoor open fires cannot be used.

Area affected by the bylaw

Only properties in the Rotorua Urban Airshed need to comply with the bylaw. See if your property is affected on the map (jpeg, 2.5MB).

To find out how we are going to administer the bylaw please see our Bylaw Enforcement and Administration Strategy (pdf, 1.2MB)

Help to upgrade old wood burners is available

The Regional Council has the Hot Swap Loan to help homeowners upgrade non compliant burners. It is an interest free loan up to $4,000 paid off over 10 years. To find out more about the Hot Swap Loan call 0800 468 792 or go to

Government subsidies are also available for insulation and clean heat with the EECA EnergywiseTM program. Call 0800 749 782 or visit for more information.

For more information on the Air Quality Bylaw you can download our Bylaw Fact Sheet from our fact sheets page.

Dispensations to the Bylaw rules

Rotorua’s air quality is improving slowly, however, if we continue at the same pace, Rotorua will not meet the National Environmental Standards for Air Quality by 2020. In the past, leniency has been applied to dispensation applications. This will no longer be the case. Dispensations will only be granted in exceptional circumstances. Please access the link below for further information.

Guidelines to Dispensation Applications pdf 147KB

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