Compliance Schedules

Buildings containing certain safety and essential systems, known as specified systems, require a compliance schedule to keep them in good working order.

Energy work that relates to any specified system that is contained in, or proposed to be contained in a building requires a building consent.

It is the building owner’s responsibility to ensure the systems continue to operate as designed, and sign an annual building warrant of fitness (BWoF) before presenting it to the Council. A copy of the BWoF must be displayed publicly in the building.

Under the Building Act 2004, all buildings other than single residential buildings require a compliance schedule and annual warrant of fitness if they contain any of the following:

  1. Automatic systems for fire suppression (e.g.  sprinkler systems).
  2. Automatic or manual emergency warning systems for fire or other dangers.
  3. Electromagnetic or automatic doors or windows (ones that close on fire alarm activation).
  4. Emergency lighting systems.
  5. Escape route pressurisation systems.
  6. Riser mains for use by fire services.
  7. Automatic backflow preventers connected to a potable water supply.
  8. Lifts, escalators, travelators, or other systems for moving people or goods within buildings.
  9. Mechanical ventilation or air-conditioning systems.
  10. Building maintenance units providing access to exterior and interior walls of buildings.
  11. Laboratory fume cupboards.
  12. Audio loops or other assistive listening systems.
  13. Smoke control systems. 

If your building contains any of the systems listed from 1–6, and 9 or 13 above, where applicable, your compliance schedule will also contain the systems listed below:

      14.   Emergency power systems for, or signs relating to, a system or feature specified for any of  the above systems or features.

      15.   Other fire safety systems or features such as:

              a. System for communicating spoken information intended to help evacuation.
              b. Final Exits (as defined in the Building Code).
              c. Fire separations (as defined in the Building Code).
              d. Signs for communicating information intended to help evacuation.
              e. Smoke separations (as defined in the Building Code).

All buildings that are serviced by a cable car, including single residential buildings, require a compliance schedule. A single residential building will require a compliance schedule only for the cable car and not for any of the other features listed above.

Applications for building consent need to include compliance schedule information for:

  • A new building with any specified systems.
  • Building work in an existing building that includes adding or modifying a specified system(s) - this will trigger an amendment to the existing compliance schedule.

We require a full system description and proposed inspection and maintenance procedure for each affected system, for consideration and inclusion in the compliance schedule. Your architect/designer should be able to assist you. This will also include the performance standard a specified system is intended to meet, and to continue to meet for the life of the building. For example, a fire alarm system may be required to meet New Zealand Standard 4512:2010.

Amendment to a compliance schedule

The Council and an owner can agree to amend a compliance schedule, as required, at any time. This can be triggered by any of the following:

  • A building consent application.
  • At the request of a building owner.
  • A decision of the territorial authority at any time.
  • A suggestion from an independent qualified person (see below).

Where an independent qualified person recommends an amendment to a compliance schedule, the owner has the right to make submissions and enter into dialogue with Council before the decision on whether to accept or refuse the recommendation is made.

There may be buildings that have not had their compliance schedule updated since issue. We may inspect the building and review the compliance schedule periodically.

More information available here.