Managing your BWoF (for buildings with specified systems)
Owners of buildings with specified systems need to supply council with a BWoF annually (including IQP certification).
Last updated: 21 March 2016
Buildings containing certain safety and essential systems, known as specified systems, are issued with a compliance schedule and regular inspections (not including buildings used wholly or partly as a single household unit).
Building owners must ensure continued operation of certain specified systems, meet inspection requirements and sign an annual building warrant of fitness. The building owner must ensure continued effective operation of those features and systems, meet inspection requirements and sign an annual building warrant of fitness.
All buildings, other than single residential buildings, require a compliance schedule and annual warrant of fitness if they contain any of the following:
The features are:
15(a) systems for communicating spoken information intended to help evacuation
15(b) final exits (as defined by clause A2 of the building code)
15(c) fire separations (as so defined)
15(d) signs for communicating information intended to facilitate evacuation
15(e) smoke separations (as so defined).
All buildings that have a cable car, including single residential buildings, require a compliance schedule. However a single residential building does not require a compliance schedule for any of the other features listed above.
A council issues a compliance schedule in its capacity as a building consent authority.
Councils have a range of other building-related responsibilities, including monitoring the compliance schedule and building warrant of fitness regime. They can charge a fee for their services.
The compliance schedule lists the building’s specified systems and the inspection, maintenance and reporting procedures needed to keep them in good order.
Applications for a building consent need to contain compliance schedule information for:
The council requires details of the design features of the specified systems and the proposed procedures for inspection, maintenance and reporting to be included in the compliance schedule.
An independent qualified person (IQP) is a person or firm approved by the council as qualified to inspect certain compliance schedule items and ensure that the necessary maintenance occurs. ‘Independent’ means that the person has no financial interest in the building.
This information is published by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Chief Executive. It is a general guide only and, if used, does not relieve any person of the obligation to consider any matter to which the information relates according to the circumstances of the particular case. Expert advice may be required in specific circumstances. Where this information relates to assisting people:
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