Mendocino County

Air Quality Management District
Wildfire Smoke Protection  Air Advisory

Wood Burning Appliances

Woodstove Replacement Program

Regulation 4.1 (pdf)

Woodstove Checklist Cover letter (pdf)

Woodstove checklist (pdf)

List of EPA Certified Wood Heaters

Mendocino County Woodstove Requirements

Only EPA certified devices, or pellet stoves, can be installed in single or two family dwellings in areas that are not part of a major subdivision created after 5/5/07.

Pellet fueled devices are not subject to EPA’s certification program and therefore are not required to have tags or labels (they may have an “EPA exempt” tag).

The District allows the installation of used devices, provided they are either pellet devices or are EPA certified.

Multifamily (3 or more attached units), Commercial or Public buildings cannot install new woodburning devices except to replace an existing device.

All new devices are required to have a temporary “time of sale tag” and a permanent metal label.

If both tags are missing the device is not EPA certified and therefore cannot be installed under District Regulation 4.1.

Non-EPA certified devices may be allowed - if the device is approved by another California Air Pollution Control Agency (such as Northern Sonoma County APCD).

Outdoor wood boilers are not allowed under District Regulation 4.1, unless they are approved by another California Air Pollution Control Agency.

Waste oil burners must receive written approval from DTSC (see here)

Available Documents

Health Effects of Woodburning (pdf)

District Woodstove Rule Implementation Guidance (for Planning Agencies - pdf)

Other Links

Burning Issues dot Org (Outside Link - Pt. Arena).

Choosing the right wood burning appliance.

Learn the importance of burning the right wood, the right way, in the right wood-burning appliance to protect your home, health, and the air we breathe.

Please contact the District with any questions.

Burn Day Status

For todays burn day status please call 707-463-4391. .

Burn Permit Application> Click Here
SMP Online Burn Request> Click Here

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Air Quality for Mendocino

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News / Advisories

Mendocino County: Fire Season - Burning is allowed only on permissive burn days with a valid burn permit.

Air Quality Advisory For Mendocino County covering smoke impacts from wildfires in Northern California (month of August 2020). Click Here for More Information

COVID-19 AIR DISTRICT OPERATIONS - The public counter will be closed to walk-in customers. Click Here for More Information

AB 617 Community Air Protection Incentive Projects - AB 617 Community Air Protection Incentives to Reduce Emissions. Click Here for More Information

Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust - provides about $423 million for California to mitigate the excess nitrogen oxide emissions caused by VW's use of illegal emissions testing defeat devices in certain VW diesel vehicles.. Click Here for More Information

Air District Relaxes Portable Diesel Engine Enforcement - ARB has determined the standards for DPM may not be feasible. Click Here for More Information

The District Mission

  The mission of the Mendocino County Air Quality Management District is to protect and manage air quality, an essential public resource upon which the health of the community depends. 

  Mendocino County Air Quality Management District is one of 35 local Air Districts in California.

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