Heat Clean, Save Green!

This program launched on April 5, 2017. See the news release for more information.

Wood smoke contains soot, fine particles, dioxins, carbon dioxide, and volatile organic compounds. Breathing wood smoke can reduce lung function, aggravate heart and lung diseases, and trigger asthma. Every year, starting in in the fall, the Air Pollution Control District (APCD) hears from Santa Barbara County residents concerned about breathing smoke from their neighbors’ fires.

This voluntary program offers an incentive for residential property owners to remove or replace a wood-burning fireplace or woodstove. The APCD will provide incentive funding in the amount of $1,000 for a wood-burning device replacement and $500 for a wood-burning device removal if the device meets the requirements below; actual cost to replace or remove the device will be more than the incentive amount.

Also, see our Wood Smoke Reduction Program Flyer (PDF).
en español (PDF)

Qualified Devices

Qualified Wood-Burning Devices to be Removed or Replaced:

  • Operable Woodstoves (Conventional, Catalytic, Non-Catalytic, and Pellet)
  • Operable Wood-Burning Fireplaces (Open Hearth and Fireplace Insert)

Qualified Devices for Replacement Project:

  • Natural Gas or Propane Fireplace Inserts*
  • Natural Gas or Propane Free Standing Heating Stoves*
  • Electric Heat Pumps

*The new device must be heater-rated and comply with the American National Standard ANSI Z21.88/CSA 2.33 (Vented Gas Fireplace Heaters)

Incentive funding will not be awarded to install the following devices:

  • EPA-certified woodstoves
  • Electric Fireplaces
  • Ethanol Fireplaces
  • Gas logs (for decorative purposes)

Program Basics and Requirements

(PDF)
en español (PDF)

The following requirements must be met.

  1. The incentive funding will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the date on which the District deems the application complete.
  2. Submission of an application does not guarantee incentive funding.
  3. The Applicant must be the legal owner of the residential property in which the project will occur.
  4. Only one Voucher will be issued per applicant and/or property.
  5. The wood-burning device for removal or replacement must be operable and indoors. Outdoor fire pits and outdoor fireplaces do not qualify.
  6. The Applicant shall obtain the program voucher before starting any project work.
  7. The Applicant shall apply for, obtain, and provide to the APCD a copy(ies) of any necessary building permit(s) needed for the project as required by the local jurisdiction.
  8. The Applicant must report the incentive amount as income by completing and submitting the Federal W-9 Form and the CA 590 Form along with the Voucher Application. The Applicant shall be responsible for payment of all taxes due as a result of the Voucher.
  9. Any fraud or misrepresentation by Applicant will result in program disqualification and require return of incentive amount to the APCD if the funds have already been issued, and may result in criminal prosecution.
  10. The Applicant gives the APCD authority to reasonable access their property to inspect the completed project for compliance with the program requirements, if requested.
  11. Applicant acknowledges that payment of the Voucher by the APCD does not constitute or create a joint venture, pooling arrangement, or formal business organization of any kind. The APCD’s role is to help fund a project proposed and carried out entirely by the Applicant. Applicant is responsible for any liability caused by implementation of this project.
  12. If District approves Applicant’s Voucher, Applicant transfers and conveys to the APCD all rights and claim to ownership of the emission reductions achieved through the installation and operation of the low emissions device funded by the Voucher. Applicant shall not use or attempt to use the emission reductions achieved by the low emissions equipment as emission reduction credits.

How to Get Started

  1. Confirm Eligibility read the Program Basics and Requirements (PDF)/en español (PDF) and confirm eligibility.
  2. Apply for Voucher – complete the Voucher Application Form (PDF)/en español (PDF) and submit to the APCD along with all other required materials, including the completed W-9 Form and CA-590 Form.
    Submit the materials to the APCD via mail (Wood Smoke Reduction Program, 260 N. San Antonio Road, Suite A, Santa Barbara, CA, 93110), email (heatclean@sbcapcd.org), or in person at our office.
  3. Receive Voucher – receive the Voucher after the APCD deems the Voucher Application complete. Do not begin work until the voucher is received. You are required to get a building permit for the project. For the building permit, make sure to fill out the appropriate form for your area of residency:
  4. Complete Project – complete the removal or replace project within 90 days of Application Completion date. Submit the completed Voucher to the APCD with all other required materials.
    Submit the materials to the APCD via mail (Wood Smoke Reduction Program, 260 N. San Antonio Road, Suite A, Santa Barbara, CA, 93110), email (heatclean@sbcapcd.org), or in person at our office.
  5. Receive Incentive Funding – receive incentive funding from APCD within 45 days of submitting the completed Voucher.

More Information

For questions or to find out more about the program, call at (805) 961 – 8848 or email heatclean@sbcapcd.org. To learn more about wood burning, and air pollution, see some of the links below.