Solid Fuel Heaters

Solid fuel heaters are a popular choice for home heating. They are also known as:

  • Slow combustion heaters/cookers
  • Pot belly stoves 
  • Wood fire heaters

Wood Heater Regulations in Australia

All solid-fuel heaters must comply with the Australian Standard AS/NZS 4013 for emissions.

Since being introduced by industry representatives in 1992, these standards have changed the way wood heaters are tested so they’re better for the environment. It is illegal for anyone to sell wood heaters that do not comply with these standards.

It is best to choose a certified wood heater with a low emission level and high efficiency rating.

The lower the emission level, the less carbon your wood heater emits into the atmosphere and the less impact it has on the environment. The higher the efficiency, the less wood is needed to generate heat to your home.

To make sure your wood heater complies with Australian regulations, check that it has a compliance plate and a current certificate of compliance.

Do I need approval?


Approval from Council is required to ensure that the installation and any related construction complies with the applicable standards and to ensure that minimum health safety standards have been observed.

How do I apply?

From 1 January 2021, we require lodgement of all Development Applications (DAs) and Complying Development Certificates (CDCs) to be via the NSW Planning Portal. A complete list of applications for certifications that can now only be lodged with the NSW Planning Portal is available on our Development Application Forms page. This change is in line with the NSW Government's plan for all Councils to participate in their ePlanning platform for application lodgement.