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Wood You Believe It - a Licence Needed to Supply Firewood

Fri 26 February 2021

New regulations from 1st May 2021 will require small-scale wood-fuel suppliers (less than 2 cubic metres at a time) to hold a licence to certify that it is ‘Ready to Burn’. This confirms that the wood is less than 20% moisture content.

The ‘Ready to Burn’ certification scheme applies to:

·         firewood in single retail bags

·         firewood supplied as a bulk delivery in loose volumes of less than 2 cubic metres

·         wood briquettes in single retail bags

·         wood briquettes supplied as a bulk delivery in loose volumes of less than 2 cubic metres

Wood fuel sales of 2 cubic metres or more do not require to be certified but all suppliers must provide a note to explain that the wood is dry as well as how to dry, store and check the moisture of the wood before it is used.

Suppliers who are required to register for the scheme must apply and pay an annual certification fee plus an annual testing fee (each certification period lasts for 12 months from the date it was approved). Further details of the regulations and how to apply for certification are available online at

Local authorities will be responsible for enforcing the rules with fixed penalty fines starting at £ 300 for those found to be supplying unauthorised fuel.

Small-scale wood producers who supplied less than 600 cubic metres of wood between 1st May 2020 and 30th April 2021 will have until 1st May 2022 to comply with the Ready to Burn certification scheme.


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