Building warrant of fitness

A Building Warrant of Fitness (BWoF) is a building owner's annual statement confirming the building is safe and healthy for people to enter, occupy or use.

Specified systems are safety systems of a building. These could be sprinkler systems, lifts, fire alarm systems, ventilation systems and they are listed on the compliance schedule for their building. The BWoF is the way of ensuring that these systems have been maintained and checked for the previous 12 months.

A compliance schedule is issued by the building consent authority or the territorial authority. It lists the specified systems within a building.

A building warrant of fitness must be displayed in an area of the building where it can be seen by all building users.

Email us: building-cs@southlanddc.govt.nz

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Supplying a BWoF

Responsibilities of the building owner.

IQPs and Forms

Requirement to engage Independently Qualified Person(s).

Role of Council

Council review of the documentation (BWoF – Form 12 & Form 12As) provided.

Inspections

How we ensure the BWoF is correct.

On-Site BWoF Audit

Council may conduct an On-site BWoF Audit.

Amend your Compliance Schedule

Have your specified systems changed.

FAQ

Where do I get the forms for a Building Warrant of Fitness? These can be found at  https://www.building.govt.nz/managing-buildings/managing-your-bwof/forms-for-building-maintenance-management/ (external link)

Why have I received a Notice to Fix? We have not received your annual Building Warrant of Fitness report, this needs to be provided prior to the expiry date on your compliance schedule every year.

I need to update my Compliance Schedule? You will either need an amendment to compliance schedule or a building consent, please contact us to discuss exactly what you are wanting to change.