Outdoor Air Quality

Woodstove Replacement Program

September 2016 —Funding is now available for The Wood Stove Replacement Program to replace or recycle your old woodstove or insert.

To qualify for the replacement program, residents must live in the “Smoke Reduction Zone” and have an installed uncertified wood stove or insert.

To qualify for the recycle program, residents must live in the “Smoke Reduction Zone” and have an old wood stove or insert in working condition.

Leave your Old Flame Behind

For more information or to register for the Wood Stove Replacement Program, please visit http://airsafepiercecounty.org/wood-stove-program or contact the Outdoor Air Program at Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department at (253) 798-4540 or email woodsmoke@tpchd.org.

Important News for Smoke Reduction Zone Residents

As of October 1, 2015, it is illegal to own or operate an uncertified wood stove in the Smoke Reduction Zone. If you live in this zone, find out more about the rule by visiting the Wood Stove Rule page. Get more information on www.airsafepiercecounty.org.

This program was developed to help residents within the targeted area of Pierce County, known as the Smoke Reduction Zone, replace their uncertified wood-burning devices with cleaner heating options.

Overview – The Wood Stove Rule:

  • Applies only to uncertified wood burning stoves in the Tacoma-Pierce County Smoke Reduction Zone.
  • Requires you to remove, or render inoperable, any uncertified wood stove (most are more than 25 years old) by September 30, 2015.
  • Was adopted by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Board of Directors in response to the WA state law providing Puget Sound Clean Air Agency authority to ban all uncertified wood burning stoves in the Tacoma-Pierce County Smoke Reduction Zone.
  • Does not affect certified wood stoves (usually newer than 25 years old). 
  • The only exception to the Rule is if you have an approved exemption for having no other adequate source of heat. This exemption has very specific requirements and limitations. If you think you may qualify, please download the application.  
  • For more information, please visit: www.airsafepiercecounty.org

Burn Bans

Burn ban enforcement has significantly increased in the Smoke Reduction Zone. Wood burning during a ban may result in a fine of up to $1,000. Increased enforcement and night patrols will increase the likelihood of violators receiving substantial fines this season.

To avoid fines, we suggest you burn cleanly and sign up for email or text notifications sent out by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. Also, if burning wood is your only adequate source of heat, apply for the right to burn during a ban from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.

These two efforts are intended to help bring our area into compliance with federal air quality standards. While wood burning is not being banned, it does need to be done responsibly for to keep our community healthy.

If you have any questions, please contact the Outdoor Air Program at (253) 798-4540.