Compliance schedules

Compliance Schedules

Integral to the building warrant of fitness (BWOF), a compliance schedule is a detailed document that lists systems and features for a particular building, and how those systems will be monitored and maintained so they’ll continue to function. Read below for all the nuts and bolts.

A Compliance Schedule is a document issued by Council that lists specified systems and performance standards for the systems, and how the systems will be monitored and maintained to ensure they will continue to function. This is applied for as part of the application for Building Consent for new commercial buildings or alterations/additions to a commercial building (if the building has one or more specified systems) or an owner/agent identifies that specified systems are in the building. 

Compliance Schedules are issued:

  • with the Code Compliance Certificate (CCC) at the end of a building consent
  • when an Application for Amended Compliance Schedule (Form 11) is received
  • under s107 of the Building Act 2004
  • with a Certificate of Acceptance (COA).

Owner’s responsibilities

Under the Building Act 2004, building owners are responsible for ensuring their buildings are safe to use. If the building contains specified systems or features, this includes keeping these systems and features in good working order and to provide Council with an annual Building Warrant of Fitness (BWOF).

Specified Systems

A specified system means a system that:

  • Is contained in, or attached to, a building; and 
  • Contributes to the proper functioning of the building (for example, an automatic sprinkler system); and
  • Is declared by the governor-general, by order in council, to be a specified system for the purposes of this act; and
  • Includes a cable car

These systems ensure a building is safe and healthy for members of the public to enter, occupy or work in. A Compliance Schedule must identify which of these specified systems are present.

Specified systems include:

SS1. Automatic systems for fire suppression (e.g., sprinkler systems)

SS2. Automatic or manual emergency warning systems for fire or other dangers (other than a warning system for fire that is entirely within a household unit and serves only that unit)

SS3. Electromagnetic or automatic doors or windows

SS3.1. Automatic doors

SS3.2 Access controlled doors

SS3.3 Interfaced fire or smoke doors or windows

SS4. Emergency lighting systems

SS5. Escape route pressurisation systems

SS6. Riser mains for use by fire services

SS7. Automatic back-flow preventers connected to a potable water supply

SS8. Lifts, escalators, travellators, or other systems for moving people or goods within buildings

SS8.1 Passenger-carrying lifts

SS8.2 Services lifts

SS8.3 Escalators and moving walks (travellators)

SS9. Mechanical ventilation or air conditioning systems

SS9.1 Mechanical ventilation

SS9.2 Air conditioning systems

SS10. Building maintenance units providing access to exterior and interior walls of buildings

SS11. Laboratory fume cupboards

SS12. Audio loops or other assistive listening systems

SS12.1 Audio Loops

SS12.2 FM radio frequency systems and infrared beam transmission systems

SS13. Smoke control systems

SS13.1 Mechanical smoke control

SS13.2 Natural smoke control

SS13.3 Smoke curtains

SS14. Emergency power systems for, or signs relating to, a system or feature specified in any of clauses 1 to 13

SS14.1 Emergency power systems

SS14.2 Signs in relation to any specified systems 1 – 13

SS15. Other fires safety systems or features

SS15.1 Systems for communicating spoken information intended to facilitate evacuation

SS15.2 Final exits

SS15.3 Fire separations (as defined by the Building Code)

SS15.4 Signs for communicating information intended to facilitate evacuation

SS15.5 Smoke separations

SS16. Cable Cars

A Compliance Schedule Statement is issued by a Territorial Authority (see s105e Building Act 2004) for new buildings. A Compliance Schedule Statement lists the specified systems covered by the Compliance Schedule and is issued at the same time as the Code Compliance Certificate (CCC). It must be displayed on the premises in a public place, and be replaced in on the 12 month anniversary of the statement being issued, with a Building Warrant of Fitness (which is issued by the building owner).

Details of the specified systems (safety systems) must be provided with any building consent application where there are specified systems associated with the building. These details must include the performance standards and the proposed inspection, maintenance and reporting procedures for the specified safety systems in the building.

Please include the Specified Systems list and each individual specified system form (below) with any commercial building consent application providing details for each kind of specified systems relating to the building.

These systems ensure a building is safe and healthy for members of the public to enter, occupy or work in. A Compliance Schedule must identify which of these specified systems are present.

Specified systems include:

SS1. Automatic systems for fire suppression (e.g., sprinkler systems)

SS2. Automatic or manual emergency warning systems for fire or other dangers (other than a warning system for fire that is entirely within a household unit and serves only that unit)

SS3. Electromagnetic or automatic doors or windows

SS3.1. Automatic doors

SS3.2 Access controlled doors

SS3.3 Interfaced fire or smoke doors or windows

SS4. Emergency lighting systems

SS5. Escape route pressurisation systems

SS6. Riser mains for use by fire services

SS7. Automatic back-flow preventers connected to a potable water supply

SS8. Lifts, escalators, travellators, or other systems for moving people or goods within buildings

SS8.1 Passenger-carrying lifts

SS8.2 Services lifts

SS8.3 Escalators and moving walks (travellators)

SS9. Mechanical ventilation or air conditioning systems

SS9.1 Mechanical ventilation

SS9.2 Air conditioning systems

SS10. Building maintenance units providing access to exterior and interior walls of buildings

SS11. Laboratory fume cupboards

SS12. Audio loops or other assistive listening systems

SS12.1 Audio Loops

SS12.2 FM radio frequency systems and infrared beam transmission systems

SS13. Smoke control systems

SS13.1 Mechanical smoke control

SS13.2 Natural smoke control

SS13.3 Smoke curtains

SS14. Emergency power systems for, or signs relating to, a system or feature specified in any of clauses 1 to 13

SS14.1 Emergency power systems

SS14.2 Signs in relation to any specified systems 1 – 13

SS15. Other fires safety systems or features

SS15.1 Systems for communicating spoken information intended to facilitate evacuation

SS15.2 Final exits

SS15.3 Fire separations (as defined by the Building Code)

SS15.4 Signs for communicating information intended to facilitate evacuation

SS15.5 Smoke separations

SS16. Cable Cars

An amendment to a compliance schedule may be triggered/required if:

  • A building consent application involving an alteration or an addition to an existing building that impacts on the existing compliance schedule.
  • Requested by the building owner.
  • Decided by the Territorial Authority as a result of:
    • An onsite audit of the existing compliance schedule, or
    • information received by the public
    • independent qualified person (IQP).

It is the responsibility of the building owner or their agent to make the application for the amendment on the prescribed form (Form 11)

For further information on Compliance Schedules please contact Porirua City Councils BWOF team at BWOF@poriruacity.govt.nz