Wood stove with stacked and split fire wood You may apply for a wood burning exemption if: 

  • Wood/pellet burning is the ONLY way to heat the main living space. But, if your home or business has a permanently installed and connected furnace or heating system, wood is not considered a sole source of heat. 
  • There is an economic need. If your total household income is 60% or less than the Oregon median income. 
  • Emergency conditions are present. If there is a power outage, service interruption, or failure of your main heating system (120 days only).
  • Other temporary exemptions may be allowed (for example, ceremonial reasons), upon Director's authorization and must be applied for before operating a device. 

If any of these apply, please submit a wood smoke exemption application:

Exemptions expire September 30th. Exemptions must be renewed every year. There is no cost to apply.

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