Building Warrants of Fitness

Building Overview

Buildings with specified systems installed have ongoing requirements through the building warrant of fitness (BWOF) regime. These will be commercial buildings unless the specified system is a cable car.

A building warrant of fitness (Form 12) is a statement from the building owner confirming that the inspection and maintenance required (stated in the compliance schedule) for that building has complied for the previous 12 months.

Once a building is completed, Council will issue building owners a compliance schedule covering the maintenance, inspection and reporting requirements for any specified systems in the building. The compliance schedule exists while there are specified systems in the building.

The building owner is responsible for ensuring the requirements of the compliance schedule are met.

Each year on the anniversary of the compliance schedule being issued building owners will need to supply the Timaru District Council with a Building Warrant of Fitness.  Once all the correct information is received and processed, an invoice for the Administration Charges related to the documentation will be sent by the Council.  The owner pays their own charge for an Independent Qualified Person to inspect the building.

The owner must supply Council with a signed copy of Form 12 and Form 12A(s). Form 12A(s) are Certificates of Compliance signed by an Independent Qualified Person (IQP) for each specified system listed on the Compliance Schedule. The forms can be supplied to Council electronically (PDF) or in hard copy.

The building owner must publicly display the building warrant of fitness on the premises.

Learn more about the building warrant of fitness regime