Tacoma-Pierce County Wood Stove Rule
It is now illegal to purchase or operate an uncertified wood stove in the Tacoma-Pierce County Smoke Reduction Zone.
As of October 1, 2015, it is illegal to purchase or operate an uncertified wood stove in the Tacoma-Pierce County Smoke Reduction Zone. The rule requires any wood stove that is not EPA certified to be removed and recycled, or rendered inoperable.
The Wood Stove Rule:
- Only applies to uncertified wood burning stoves in the Tacoma-Pierce County Smoke Reduction Zone (see map below).
- Does not affect EPA or Oregon certified wood stoves (usually newer than 25 years old).
- Adopted in response to the WA state law providing Puget Sound Clean Air Agency the authority to ban all uncertified wood burning stoves within the Tacoma-Pierce County Smoke Reduction Zone
- The only exception is if you have an approved exemption for having no other adequate source of heat in your home. This exemption has very specific requirements and limitations. If you think you may qualify, please visit this page.
Even with our improving air quality, we need this rule to meet federal requirements.
Tacoma Pierce County Smoke Reduction Zone:
- Why is there this special rule in the Smoke Reduction Zone?
- Are you going to expand this rule to the rest of the county at some point?
- How can I tell if my wood stove is legal to use?
- When did the wood stove rule go into effect?
- Where does the wood stove rule apply?
- I would like to replace my old, uncertified wood stove, but I need help with the cost.
- What does "render inoperable" mean?
- What do I do with an uncertified stove?
- Can I buy, sell, exchange, give-away, or reinstall my uncertified device?
- What about my fireplace? Is that affected by the rule?
- I have an old stove, but it is the only source of heat I have in my house.
- How will the Agency enforce this rule?
- Will you ask to enter homes?
- Where can I find more info about this rule and the state law that authorizes it?