Insufficient clearance is a common non-compliance issue in rental properties.
We should always follow the manufacturer's instructions for clearance requirements. However, when the manufacturer does not specify clearance requirements, or they are lower than the minimum standard we follow the guidelines outlined in Energy Safe Victoria's Gas Information Sheet No. 25, which are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 5601.1:2013 and AS/NZS 5601.1:2022.
Below we'll provide a summary of the requirements.
- Requirement 1 - Overhead clearances for range hoods and exhaust fans
- Requirement 2 – Side and height of side clearances
- Requirement 3 – Freestanding and elevated gas cooking appliance clearances
Requirement 1 – Overhead clearances for range hoods and exhaust fans
From 30th March 2023, the minimum distance for range hoods changed from 600mm to 650mm for new installations. If replacing an existing installation the old requirement still applies (see below Existing Installations). For more information check the ESV page for details and FAQ on this new requirement.
Overhead clearances for rangehoods, exhaust fans and downward facing combustible surfaces – New installations AS/NZS 5601.1:2022 Clause 126.96.36.199
Overhead clearances for rangehoods, exhaust fans and downward facing combustible surfaces – Existing installations AS/NZS 5601.1:2013 Clause 188.8.131.52
For existing installations and where an appliance is to be replaced – from 30 March 2023 the following requirements can apply.
Requirement 2 – Side and height of side clearances
Requirement 3 – Freestanding and elevated gas cooking appliance clearances
Important information to note
We do not quote to rectify non-compliance issues related to clearance when it involves a range hood or cooking appliance. The service report will list the recommended rectification method as “Contact an external contractor or a handyman”.