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Grant Money Available to Replace Your Wood Fireplace

Post Date:11/01/2019 1:00 PM

The Kincade Fire in Sonoma County is a reminder to Sausalito residents of the health hazards created by smoke and other airborne particulate matter. Wood smoke from fireplaces and wood stoves can also be a health hazard, particularly on days when atmospheric conditions have created a Winter Spare the Air Alert in the Bay Area.

If you own a home in Sausalito with a fireplace or wood-burning stove, you can make a difference to our air quality by decommissioning your wood-burning heating device or replacing it with a cleaner option like a sealed gas insert. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District currently has grant funds available in its Wood Smoke Reduction Incentive Program to help you with the cost of decommissioning or replacement.

Residents of Sausalito are eligible for the grant program due to our designation as a high wood smoke area. To participate in the program, you must submit an application and receive approval before beginning any work on your project. Applications are being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until funding is exhausted, and funding is limited to one project per property.

Any questions about the Wood Smoke Reduction Incentive Program may be directed to or (415) 749-5195. Please note that a City of Sausalito building permit will be required for decommissioning a solid wood burning fireplace (demolition permit), or to install a fuel-burning appliance (install permit). Please contact the City of Sausalito Building Division at (415) 289-4128 for information on permitting requirements.
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