What is a compliance schedule?
A Compliance Schedule is a document issued by the BCA that lists the specified systems (for example, automatic fire sprinklers, fire alarms, lifts, air conditioning systems) within a building and the performance standards for those systems. The Compliance Schedule also states how the systems will be, inspected and maintained to ensure they are performing in accordance with the performance standard to make the building safe and healthy for people to enter, occupy or work.
A Compliance Schedule is required for a building that:
- Is not wholly a single household unit (for example, commercial and industrial buildings but not stand-alone houses) and contains one or more specified systems (including cable cars)
- is wholly a single household unit and has a cable car attached to it or servicing it.
Building consent applications are assessed to determine whether specified systems are being added, altered or removed as part of the project. When the consent is issued, a list of all the building’s specified systems and their respective performance standards are included in the consent. Compliance schedules as a result of building work are generally issued with the Code Compliance Certificate (CCC) however, if a CPU is applied for and issued, this may result in the issuing of a draft Compliance Schedule prior to obtaining CCC.
A Compliance Schedule must be kept onsite unless at another place by mutual agreement with Council. It must be made available to Building Control Officers, IQPs, and authorised agents at all times.
NB: Where a Compliance Schedule has been issued for the first time, a compliance schedule statement (Form 10) is also issued by Council. This is a temporary public notification of compliance with the compliance schedule requirements and is replaced after 12 months by the Building Warrant of Fitness.
Compliance schedule statement
A Compliance Schedule Statement is issued by the TA and serves as temporary notification of compliance schedule matters. It lists the specified systems and advises where the compliance schedule is kept. A Compliance Schedule Statement must be displayed in an area where it can be seen by all building users. It is issued at the same time as the Code Compliance Certificate (CCC). It must be replaced every 12 months with a Building Warrant of Fitness (BWoF), which is issued by the building owner.
What buildings need a compliance schedule?
Under the Building Act 2004, all buildings (other than single residential buildings, unless they have a cable car) require a compliance schedule and an annual Building Warrant of Fitness (BWoF) if they contain specified systems.
Specified systems are crucial to the health and safety of a building and those who use it. As a building owner it is your responsibility to ensure the systems are inspected and maintained according to the compliance schedule
A compliance schedule is a document issued by the BCA that identifies the required maintenance for buildings which have specified systems. This is essentially a maintenance contract between the Territorial Authority and the building owner that these systems will be maintained as is necessary for ongoing compliance with the Building Act 2004. You should apply for a Code Compliance Certificate (CCC) as soon as possible after all work has been completed in order to be issued a compliance schedule and open your building to the public. This is an important document and must be retained in the location stated on the compliance schedule as agreed upon.
Getting a compliance schedule
For new buildings, an application for a compliance schedule should be made as part of the building consent application where the building will contain specified systems.
For existing buildings where, specified systems are being added, altered or removed, a building consent application is required.
You can apply for a compliance schedule amendment where a building consent is not required by completing the Application for amendment to compliance schedule Form 11 and forwarding it to email@example.com.
Applying for a compliance schedule
Your agent for each specified system should provide you with information relating to the performance standards and the inspection, maintenance and reporting procedures for each specified system contained within the building at the time the application for building consent is made.
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Specified systems forms
- 01 Automatic systems for fire suppression [PDF, 237 KB]
- 02 Emergency warning systems [PDF, 240 KB]
- 03.1 Automatic doors [PDF, 257 KB]
- 03.2 Access controlled doors [PDF, 253 KB]
- 03.3 Interfaced fire or smoke doors or windows [PDF, 274 KB]
- 04 Emergency lighting systems Additional information [PDF, 251 KB]
- 04 Emergency lighting systems [PDF, 127 KB]
- 05 Escape route pressurisation systems [PDF, 249 KB]
- 06 Riser mains [PDF, 220 KB]
- 07 Backflow prevention device [PDF, 191 KB]
- 08.1 Passenger carrying lifts [PDF, 209 KB]
- 08.2 Service lifts [PDF, 176 KB]
- 08.3 Escalators and moving walks [PDF, 185 KB]
- 09 Mechanical ventilation or air con systems [PDF, 206 KB]
- 10 Building maintenance units [PDF, 185 KB]
- 11 Laboratory fume cupboards [PDF, 231 KB]
- 12.1 Audio loops [PDF, 186 KB]
- 12.2 FM radio and infrared beam transmission systems [PDF, 205 KB]
- 13.1 Mechanical smoke control [PDF, 199 KB]
- 13.2 Natural smoke control [PDF, 198 KB]
- 13.3 Smoke curtains [PDF, 196 KB]
- 15.1 Systems for communicating evacuation [PDF, 190 KB]
- 15.3 Fire separations [PDF, 220 KB]
- 15.5 Smoke separations [PDF, 221 KB]
- 16 Cable cars [PDF, 143 KB]
Frequently asked questions
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