Open fires in Nelson

An open fire includes any small-scale fuel burning device or construction installed in or attached to any building that is capable of burning solid fuel, but excludes any enclosed burner. Examples of open fires include fireplaces, open hearths, visors, and ‘Jetmaster’ – type fireplaces.

From 1 January 2008, use of open fires is banned in Nelson and open fires cannot be replaced with enclosed burners. ‘Jetmaster’- type insert fireplaces can continue to be used up until 1 January 2013.

Examples of open fires

Open fire




Jestmaster type open fireJetmaster


Note: Jetmaster type fireplaces can continue to be used up until 1 January 2013.

Replacing your open fire

When replacing your open fire the best heating choice you can make for Nelson’s air quality is a non-polluting heater such as a heat pump, electric heater or flued gas heater. Learn more about other clean heating options available that improve Nelson's air quality

You can also choose a Council authorised ultra low emission pellet burner to replace your open fire.Click here for a list of Council-approved ultra low emission pellet burners.

Am I affected?

Don't know if your home is affected by the air quality rules? Get help here.

For more information or help

Contact the Team Leader Environmental Services on +64 3 546 0423.