Clearance requirements for domestic gas cooking appliances

Insufficient clearance is a common non-compliance issue we come across at rental properties.

Where clearances are not specified by the manufacturer, our workflows are designed to follow the following requirements mentioned in Energy Safe Victoria's Gas Information Sheet No. 25.

Australian and New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 5601.1: 2013 Gas installations explain that the required clearance distance between a gas cooking appliance and a combustible surface shall be in accordance with the cooking appliance manufacturer’s instruction. Where clearances are not specified by the manufacturer, then clearance distances shall be as described in AS/NZS 5601: 2013.

The full document from Energy Safe Victoria containing the details of the clearance regulations can also be accessed as an attachment at the bottom of this article.


Requirement 1 – Overhead clearances for range hoods and exhaust fans

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Requirement 2 – Side and height of side clearances

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Requirement 3 – Freestanding and elevated gas cooking appliance clearances

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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We do not quote to rectify non-compliance issues related to clearance when it involves a range hood or cooking appliance.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”.

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