A building warrant of fitness shows that the specified systems in your building are maintained, inspected and working effectively.

What is a building warrant of fitness (BWoF)?

A building warrant of fitness (BWoF) is an annual statement that states that the inspection, maintenance, and reporting procedures for the specified systems (such as sprinkler and fire alarms systems) as listed on the compliance schedule have been fully complied with during the previous 12 months. 

Building owner's responsibilities

As a building owner, you need to display your building warrant of fitness so that people using your building know that all the specified systems in the building are functional and working effectively, without any risk to their health and safety.

As a building owner you have to:

  • Engage an independent qualified person (IQP) to undertake the inspection maintenance and reporting procedures as required by the compliance schedule.
  • On each anniversary, supply Council with a building warrant of fitness stating the procedures have been complied with during the previous 12 months and attach the certificates of compliance from the independent qualified person
  • Display a copy of the building warrant of fitness within the public area of the building.

You may get a fine if you don't display a building warrant of fitness, or it has expired. 

More detailed guidance on your responsibilities relating to Managing your building warrant of fitness for buildings with specified systems(external link) is available on the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment website.


Renewing a building warrant of fitness

We will send you an annual reminder. The reminder letter includes information on completing the building warrant of fitness renewal form:

The owner must sign two copies of the building warrant of fitness form. One copy must be displayed in the building, and the other must be sent to the Council, with all required Form 12A certificates.


Fees

If a building consent requires a new compliance schedule, or amended compliance schedule, to be issued as a result of building work, a fixed fee is charged with the issue of the building consent.

There is a different fee for when a building owner applies for an amendment to a compliance schedule outside the building consent process.

There is also an annual administration fee for processing the building warrant of fitness. This is comprised of a base fee and an additional fee per specified system. We have also introduced a new fee for building warrants of fitness site audits following a failed audit.

Refer to the Building Consents Fee Schedule for related fees.