Fireplaces, Fountains & BBQs

Wood Burning Fireplaces

Air Quality Management District (AQMD) rule 445 prohibits the installation of wood burning fireplaces in both new and existing developments with a few exceptions.  Only gas burning decorative appliances and fireplaces (factory made and site built) with a listed gas log permanently affixed to its base may be installed.    The chimney damper must be permanently blocked open if a gas log is added to a fireplace.

Please see the AQMD website for a summary of the rules (,


The text of the AQMD law