Do you use a wood-burning heating system or heat with a solid fuel-burning fireplace? Since October 2018, the city has regulated the use of solid fuel-burning appliances in all 19 boroughs. Learn more about this new by-law.
Wood-burning stoves or appliances are now prohibited, as they generate too much pollution. However, residents are permitted to use these appliances in the event of a power outage lasting more than three hours.
With certain exceptions, only certified wood-burning appliances recognized by Ville de Montréal that emit no more than 2.5 g/hr of fine particles are permitted.
During smog warnings, the use of all solid fuel-burning appliances is prohibited.
What is a solid fuel-burning appliance?
Solid fuel-burning appliances consist of stoves or fireplaces designed to burn wood logs, ecological logs or coal. Gas or electric fireplaces are not solid fuel-burning appliances.
What are the alternatives to heating with wood?
You can opt in favour of a natural gas, propane or ethanol fireplace, or an electric appliance.
Complying with the by-law
If you replace your solid fuel-burning stove or fireplace with a certified model, you are required to declare it. Owners of wood-burning appliances have 120 days in which to declare their removal or replacement.
Before installing or replacing a fuel-burning heating device (wood, natural gas, fuel oil, ethanol, propane), you must obtain a permit.
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