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Smokey Chimneys

The EPA provides detailed information on wood fire heaters including tips on what firewood to use, effective lighting and burning of firewood, as well as how to keep your house warm overnight.

Brick chimneys must comply with the Building Code of Australia which states that the top of any brick chimney must be at least 30cm above any part of the building within 3.6 metres. Flues must comply with this Code; additionally the top of the flue from solid wood heaters must be at least 36cm above the closest part of the roof line.

Open fireplaces are up to five times more polluting than wood heaters that meet the Australian Standard (AS/NZS 4013:1999). Employ a licensed person to install your wood heater that will give you a certificate of compliance for the installation. A wood heater must be installed in accordance with part 12A of the Building Act 1993.

For more information, contact the Council’s Building Department on 1300 653 356.

If you believe that the smoke coming from your neighbour’s property is affecting your health, we recommend that you begin by contacting them directly as they may not be aware it is causing a problem.

If a resolution cannot be reached through this initial contact, please contact the Environmental Health Services on 1300 653 356 or in writing at and the matter will be investigated.