Current through 2022-14, April 6, 2022

Dear Consumer: The State of Maine, Maine Fuel Board adopted the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard # 31 (2011 edition) which requires that before an existing oil-fired appliance is replaced with a new appliance, the chimney to which it is connected must be lined with an approved lining system. This regulation is intended to protect you, the consumer.

When an emergency situation arises that does not allow adequate time to get the chimney lined and/or repaired before installing the new heating appliance, the licensee may grant a waiver of up to 90 days to make required repairs. It is the licensee's responsibility to ensure that the installation meets all standards adopted by the board and the manufacturer's instructions. The licensee must either install or have installed the required liner or make the proper repairs within the 90 day time period. In cold weather an emergency situation may include, but is not limited to, situations of serious equipment failure, such as a cracked heat exchanger of a warm air furnace or a leaking boiler. Emergency situations may also include failure of equipment that generates hot water, and the unavailability of a chimney professional.

A copy of this waiver must be provided to the building owner and the Maine Fuel Board.


Name of Installer: License #:
Mailing Address:
City: State: Zip Code:
County: Home Telephone: (_____) ___________ Work Telephone: (_____) ___________

By my signature, I certify that I will follow-up within 90 days to ascertain if the liner has been installed.

Signature of Installer:


Name of Consumer:
Mailing Address:
City: State: Zip Code:
County: Home Telephone: (_____) ___________ Work Telephone: (_____) ___________

By my signature, I certify that I am aware that, if I do not get my chimney lined, I may be in violation of State of Maine Law, 32 MRSA Chapter 139 and a Maine Fuel Board Compliance Officer may contact me.

Signature of Consumer:



02-658 C.M.R. ch. 13, 658-13 app E

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