A Building Warrant of Fitness (BWoF) is a statutory declaration issued annually by the building owner, or your Independent Qualified Person (IQP), to us. It confirms that the systems specified in the compliance schedule for your building have been inspected, maintained and checked in accordance with the compliance schedule for the previous year, and that they will continue to perform as required.
The BWoF provisions include that:
- An owner must provide to us, with their BWoF, copies of Form 12A certificates from an Independent Qualified Person (IQP) and include any recommendations made by the IQP.
- We must retain copies of the Form 12A certificates.
- We must consider any recommendation to amend a compliance schedule made by an IQP and where necessary, make any changes to the compliance schedule after giving the owner an opportunity to provide comments.
As a territorial authority, we undertake all subsequent functions associated with a BWoF once a compliance schedule is issued. Unless a new building consent is sought from a building consent authority that is not a territorial authority, only the territorial authority can alter a compliance schedule associated with a BWoF.
The Building Amendment Act 2012 requires all compliance schedules to be rewritten in order to update the information contained within. This programme is currently in progress.
Your responsibilities as the owner
For the first year you must display the Compliance Schedule Statement in a public place in the building.
Every year after that you must:
- Issue a BWoF – To do this you must first ensure that all requirements of the Compliance Schedule have been satisfied. This will include inspections by an IQP for each of the system’s features.
- Display a duplicate copy of the BWoF – This must be displayed in a public place in the building.
- Send BWoF and IQP certificates to us – The original BWoF must be accompanied by all IQP certificates required by the Compliance Schedule and the fee.
What documents should I keep regarding the Building Warrant of Fitness?
You are legally required to obtain written reports relating to the inspection, maintenance and reporting procedures of the Compliance Schedule which must be signed by the IQP who has carried out any of the listed procedures (inspection, maintenance or reporting). You are required to keep all reports for a period of two years and produce those reports for inspection when required.
Can I be prosecuted for not obtaining a Compliance Schedule or if my Building Warrant of Fitness has expired?
Yes, the fine can be up to $20,000.
What is an IQP?
An Independent Qualified Person (IQP) is a tradesperson who is qualified to carry out any performance inspection, maintenance, reporting or recommendation on a specified system. All Independent Qualified Persons (IQP) are required to be registered with us.