Residential Fireplace & Wood Stove Exemptions

If you need an exemption for your fireplace or wood stove, call 602-506-6010.



Residential Sole Source of Heat Exemption


If the woodburning device is the sole source of heat or fuel for cooking in the residence, it is exempt from this ordinance. No other oil, natural gas, electricity, or propane furnace or heating systems can be installed in the residence. The resident must have applied for an exemption to this ordinance prior to December 31, 1995. Residential Sole Source of Heat exemptions will not be issued after that date.

Temporary Sole Source of Heat Exemption


These exemptions may be issued if the applicant has an economic or health issue. An applicant would need to qualify for financial assistance under the Food Stamps, AHCCCS, or low income energy assistance programs, or have a direct health danger to qualify for this exemption. A Temporary Sole Source of Heat Exemption shall not be issued for more than 150 days.

Emergency Exemptions


These exemptions may be issued if the County Control Officer determines that an emergency situation exists. Some examples of emergency situations include inoperable residential heating systems (for reasons other than the actions of the resident) or cases where a resident's heating system has been involuntarily disconnected by a utility company. These exemptions may not be issued for periods greater than one year.

Inadequate Alternate Source of Heat Exemption


This exemption may be granted if the residence has a heating system installed (other than a woodburning device), but that system is not the sole source of heat in the residence and is unable to heat the residence to a minimum of 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The residence must comply with all applicable building code requirements. This exemption may not be issued after December 31, 1995. However, exemptions that were issued before this date may be renewed on a annual basis.

Residential Fireplace Retrofits



Find out about the Maricopa County Fireplace Retrofit Program, and visit the EPA Burn Wise site to find out more about choosing the right fireplace or fireplace retrofit device.