NCSG is the leading advocate for the chimney and venting industry. Through close monitoring of state and federal policy, to active involvement with code and standards, the Guild Advocacy Committee is protecting member interests long term. To get involved with NCSG advocacy initiatives contact [email protected].

Government Relations

NCSG closely monitors federal, state and local government to identify policy that could affect chimney and venting professionals. In close collaboration with key stakeholders like the Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association (HPBA) and state and regional chimney sweeping associations, the Advocacy Committee advances and protects the long-term interests of the Guild.

International Relations

NCSG is a member of the European Federation of Chimney Sweeps (ESCHFOE), the Chimney Sweeps Association of Ireland (CSAI) and participates in the Great American Woodstove Changeout. The Guilds international initiatives bring back education, technology and relationships from sweeps around the world.

Codes and Standards

NCSG actively participates and monitors code and standard bodies, such as the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Through education and engagement, the Guild is able to protect a positive work environment for the chimney trade.

NCSG Advocacy Committee initiatives include:

  • NFPA 211 — Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents, and Solid Fuel-Burning Appliances
  • NFPA 31 — Standard for the Installation of Oil-Burning Equipment
  • NFPA 54 —  National Fuel Gas Code
  • OSHA — Fall Protection
  • EPA 
  • IRC
  • ICC

NCSG-OSHA Fall Protection Rules Agreement 

In a historic collaboration, the National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG) and the U.S. Department of Labor have reached a comprehensive and binding settlement, ushering in significant amendments to fall protection regulations. Click here to learn more.