Woodsmoke Reduction Program

The Woodsmoke Reduction Program is currently oversubscribed for most areas in Butte County. If you’re interested in being notified of future opportunities, please contact us to be placed on a notification list.

Additional funds are currently available for projects within state-designated Disadvantaged Communities (Chapman area of Chico, and Thermalito area of Oroville) through the Community Air Protection Program. Please contact us for an application.

Application Checklist

**Woodsmoke Reduction Program Application**

Owner/Tenant Agreement for applications involving rental properties

The Woodsmoke Reduction Program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts cap-and-trade dollars to work. The Program is designed to help households replace an non-EPA certified wood stove or insert (generally older than 1988) used as a primary source of heat with a cleaner burning and more efficient device. Open hearth fireplaces may be eligible for the Program if the fireplace is used as a primary source of heat (backup documentation required).  This Program will offer Vouchers towards the purchase and installation of a new EPA-certified woodstove, fireplace wood insert, electric heating stove, or electric heat pump. Gas stove projects are no longer eligible.

Devices located within disadvantaged communities or low-income communities as defined on this map qualify for the Enhanced Incentive Voucher (up to $5,000 for new wood/pellet/electric stoves or inserts, up to $10,000 for electric heat pump projects).  Low-income households outside of these areas also quality for the Enhanced Incentive Voucher.  To qualify as low-income, the household must show proof of enrollment in a low-income assistance program (WIC, LIHEAP, CARE) or have a household income at or below 80 percent of the statewide median household income (currently at $67,277).  All other applicants are eligible for the Standard Voucher of $2,500 for new wood/pellet/electric stoves or inserts, $5,000 towards electric heat pump projects.

Once you receive a voucher, you must make a commitment to purchase a new device from a Participating Retailer within 4 weeks. The new device must be installed by a licensed contractor and meet local fire and building codes; do-it-yourself installations are not allowed under this program.

Information About Building Inspections

Participating Retailers for 2023:
CAPO Building Specialties – Chico, CA
Chico Fireplace & Woodstove – Chico, CA
The Fire Place – Chico, CA
Rainbow Hearth & Home – Redding, CA

Heat Pumps:

Air-Art Heating & Air Conditioning  – Chico, CA
Climate and Energy Solutions  – Chico, CA
Innovative Heating and Air – Chico, CA
Royal Aire  – Chico, CA

For addresses in Butte County only, submit your Application and a photo of the existing device by mail, email, or hand deliver to:

Butte County Air Quality Management District
629 Entler Avenue  Suite 15
Chico, CA 95928

The Woodsmoke Reduction Program will be administered by the Butte County Air Quality Management District in coordination with the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association (CAPCOA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The District will administer the Program locally in order meet the goals and requirements of the Program Guidelines, available at: https://ww2.arb.ca.gov/our-work/programs/residential-woodsmoke-reduction/woodsmoke-reduction-program.

Want more information on Residential Wood Heating?  Go here.

Information for Participating Retailers:

Retailer Packet Checklist
Voucher Tracking Form
Recycler Certification Form
Acknowledgement of Training Form
Retention of Existing Device Form (for heat pump projects)

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