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Gas Bans: Can I Enjoy a Fireplace in my Home? 

In almost every situation the answer is yes

Last updated: May 14, 2024

Do you want to enjoy a fire or increase your home’s value with a new fireplace? Are you concerned that a gas ban law in your area could impact your plans?

We’ll help you sort that out. 


A gas burn ban is a state or local law restricting the use of natural gas in new construction. 

Burn bans vary from state to state, and between municipalities.

If you’re building a new home or doing a major remodel, check with your state, city, town, or village. Check burn bans information on your local government website.

Learn more about burn bans on this episode of our Experts In Fire podcast. This podcast features two of our NFI certified Master Hearth Professionals. 


Yes. In almost every situation. Gas burn ban laws mostly apply to new construction and most of them are not in effect yet.

If you already have a gas stove or fireplace in your home you can use it. For new construction or large remodels, it’s never bad to check building codes for your state or city website first to be sure.

Existing Gas Ban Laws 

 State and local laws around gas bans change fast. Here are some examples:

  • New York State recently imposed statewide gas restrictions on natural gas in new construction.
  • However, there is a group suing to have the ban blocked.
  • Washington D.C. is aiming for total carbon neutrality by the year 2045.
  • All new buildings and major renovations would have to be net-zero construction by 2026. They need to produce as much energy as they consume.
  • New legislation was passed in July 2023 that bans most natural gas hookups or use in new buildings. It also and tightening restrictions on the city’s greenhouse gas emissions. 
  • Berkeley California was one of the early adapters of these gas restrictions. But they have removed their restrictions after a ruling by a three-judge panel of the Ninth circuit court. The California Restaurant Association sued Berkely and won. The panel found that Berkeley’s ordinance was preempted by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. 

Gas Bans May Become Rare

26 states have passed fuel choice legislation. These forbid local governments from limiting gas and forcing electricity as the only fuel choice.

Map of 26 fuel choice states

26 States with Fuel Choice Laws


Currently, most Americans have no issues purchasing, installing, and operating a gas fireplace on their property.

If you’re concerned that a gas ban may impact your plans for a new fireplace in the future, there are two main options to consider.  

Option 1: Install a Gas Fireplace Now

If you believe that there may soon be a law in your area, or a law is proposed and waiting to go into effect, there’s no better time than right now to purchase a gas fireplace.

  • A gas fireplace delivers an inviting ambiance and immediate heat
  • Add a gas log set and visitors to your site won’t even notice it’s not a traditional wood fire
  • You can operate some units with a remote control
  • Gas fireplace can also serve as a backup heat source if the power goes out 

Shop now or talk to our NFI certified gas fire experts if you have questions about choosing the right fireplace for your home. 

Option 2: Install an Electric Fireplace

Another great way to sidestep any worries of gas burn bans inside your home is to install an electric fireplace.

Many electric fireplaces from the recent past didn’t look realistic. But most electric fireplaces on the market today are incredibly authentic and offer modern, user-friendly features.

Some of the most notable benefits of electric fireplaces include:

  • Easy to install
  • Clean and eco-friendly
  • Install anywhere, inside or outside
  • Little or no maintenance required
  • Controlled with a remote or mobile app
  • Works in any type of home (no gas line or chimney required)
  • Affordable to operate
  • Can run with or without the heater
  • Safer for homes with children and pets

Check out our Learning Center to read more about the pros and cons of electric fireplaces or how much heat they give off.

There are also electric fireplaces that are rated for outdoor use

 Check out our top-rated electric fireplaces.


Can I add a gas fireplace or fire feature to my home?

If you have natural gas service now, you are all set.

If you are planning a new construction project, check with your local gas utility or building official. A very small number of jurisdictions like Washington DC, and Santa Barbara California have enacted code limits on fuel options.

Why are there gas bans happening?

Some communities have climate action plans to convert energy use to renewable electricity like wind and solar. Other communities are concerned about clean air or air quality.

Why would I want a gas fireplace?

Gas fireplaces provide a clean, safe and affordable way to enjoy the benefits of a fireplace in your home. Direct Vent fireplaces are sealed, taking no air out of your home and exhausting 100% of the combustion products outside.

A gas fireplace provides a great back up heat source in case of a power outage. Most gas fireplaces, even those with electronic ignition systems, provide battery backup operation.

What if I really don’t want to use gas or wood, but still want a fireplace? 

A great solution is an electric fireplace. New models offer an extremely realistic flame profile and are available in both traditional and contemporary styles. Most of these also offer a modest supplemental heat source. These types of fireplaces are great if your concerned about natural resource use.


For most people in the United States there is nothing preventing you from enjoying a fire in your home. Laws do change, however. Its important to check with your local authorities before you start any kind of fire project.




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