Do You Need Planning Permission to Put a Wood Burner in Your House

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Do You Need Planning Permission to Put a Wood Burner in Your House27th July 2023

There's nothing quite like the warm and inviting ambience of Wood Burners during the chilly winter months. Wood burners have a longstanding history in the UK dating back centuries, yet they still provide essential warmth for many households, as well as heaps of character and style. Whether you’re looking to add a traditional cast iron wood burner to your home or a sleek freestanding steel stove, one of the first questions that spring to mind during the research stage is, “Do I need planning permission?” Generally, you don't need any prior planning permission to install a wood burner so long as the work is carried out by a HETAS installer.



What if I install the Stove myself?

If you choose to install the wood burner yourself, it's essential to know that Building Control approval is required. Building Control ensures that the installation complies with safety standards and local regulations. This is why we, and many other stove retailers, will always recommend hiring a HETAS-approved installer, as they provide expertise and streamline the approval process, giving you peace of mind that your wood burner installation is safe and legal. Other factors to consider include flue placement, ventilation, flue pipe bends and hearth requirements. So, it’s always best to call on a knowledgeable professional to ensure the work is completed to the highest standards.



Why it's still best to check if planning permission is required

If you need clarification on the specific regulations in your area, it's best to contact your local authority or, even better, a HETAS-approved installer who will answer any queries you may have. There are no hard and fast rules regarding planning permission – it depends on your property. For example, listed buildings have historical or architectural significance, and any modifications, including log burner installations, may require special consent from the local planning authority to preserve the building's character. It's also worth checking whether your home is situated in a conservation area, whilst leasehold or rental agreements may also mean permission is needed.



What if I plan to purchase an Ecodesign Ready stove?

If you live in a smoke control area and wish to purchase an Ecodesign Ready stove or a DEFRA-approved stove, it's essential to know that these wood burners are designed to meet and exceed the strict environmental standards set by the European Ecodesign Directive. Ecodesign Ready stoves may be engineered to be more efficient, cleaner-burning, and environmentally friendly compared to conventional stoves, however, this does not necessarily mean that you will avoid planning permission. The regulations still apply. Whether you're looking to install a standard wood burner or an Ecodesign Ready stove, it’s always best to check and double-check with your local authority before installation.


Here at UK Stoves, we supply one of the largest collections of log burners, multi-fuel, wood burning stoves, cast iron fireplaces, flue pipes, liners and fittings throughout the whole of the UK.  To explore our collection, please click here, or contact our friendly team to find out more.






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