Building warrants of fitness and compliance schedules

A building warrant of fitness (BWoF) is a building owner’s annual statement confirming the specified systems in the compliance schedule for their building have been maintained and checked for the previous 12 months, in accordance with the Compliance Schedule.

What is a building warrant of fitness?

A building warrant of fitness (BWoF) is a building owner’s annual statement confirming the specified systems in the compliance schedule for their building have been maintained and checked for the previous 12 months, in accordance with the compliance schedule.

What is a compliance schedule?

A compliance schedule lists the specified systems within a building and the procedures required to keep them in good working order, helping to ensure the building is safe and healthy for people to enter, occupy or work in.

When is a building warrant of fitness required?

Once a compliance schedule and if applicable a compliance schedule statement has been issued usually at the same time as a code compliance certificate.  After 12 months the compliance schedule statement has expired and the owner is then required to make annual returns (provide a Building Warrant of Fitness and Form 12As certificates of compliance).

Some important requirements taken from the Building Act 2004 include:

  • the building owner must provide the territorial authority with copies of Form 12A certificates from independent qualified persons, including any recommendations they make.
  • the territorial authority  must consider any recommendation to amend a compliance schedule made by an independent qualified persons and where necessary make any changes to the compliance schedule after giving the owner an opportunity to provide comments.
  • the territorial authority  must retain copies of the Form 12A certificates.
  • territorial authorities are required to administer and enforce the building warrant of fitness system and can charge a fee for undertaking a building warrant of fitness processing, inspection/audit.

Check the links below for more information about building warrants of fitness and compliance schedules.