Change-Out Programs

Updated August 26th, 2016

Wood Burning Device Change-Out Program

San Luis Obispo County, California


Status: Active as of August 2016

Location: Nipomo

Eligible fuels: Wood replaced with natural gas or propane

Notable feature(s): Program can handle paper or electronic applications & voucher program has a streamlined process; No change outs to wood or pellet appliances.
Incentive Amounts
The San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution District (APCD) offers residents of Nipomo $1,000 vouchers to replace a wood stove or wood stove insert with a heater-rated gas appliance, or $2,000 vouchers to replace a fireplace with a heater-rated gas appliance (ANSI Z21.88/CSA 2.33). Program funding has been fully expended in the community of Los Osos and the cities of Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo.

Program Duration
The program is ongoing until funds are depleted with a limited wait list to ensure program funds are expended if approved projects are not completed.

To qualify for a voucher, residents must submit an application with pictures of their existing wood burning device and chimney to the APCD with a written quote for the new gas appliance. If eligible, the district will issue a reimbursement voucher. Voucher recipients must purchase and have the new device installed within 180 days of the issuance date and submit completed paperwork to the APCD for reimbursement.

Applicants must be the legal owner of the property or be authorized in writing by the owner to apply and must comply with the appropriate building codes and permit requirements. Old wood burning devices must be destroyed or made inoperable. APCD Rule 504 bans the installation of uncertified wood burning devices.

More Information
For more information, please visit the program website or contact Meghan Field at 805-781-1003 or