Compliance Schedules and Building Warrant of Fitness

Some commercial buildings will require a Compliance Schedule (CS). This is needed if certain life safety features, known as specified systems, are present.

Some common examples of a system that requires a CS are:

  • Fire alarms
  • Sprinklers
  • Automatic doors
  • Backflow prevention device
  • Emergency power generator
  • Emergency lighting.

There are a number of other systems that if present create the requirement for having a compliance schedule. If unsure, contact council. .

If your building has a CS, then an annual Building Warrant of Fitness (BWOF) must be issued.

The BWOF is a statement from the building owner that confirms the systems specified in the building’s CS have been maintained and checked for the previous 12 months. You must comply with the BWOF as it is a provision of the Building Act 2004.

Find more guidance from MBIE and more detail around these issues.

Independent Qualified Person(s)

To complete your BWOF forms every year, you must use an Independent Qualified Person (IQP) to verify the inspection, maintenance and reporting of your specified systems. 

At Masterton District Council we use the list maintained by Wellington City Council.

The list of IQP’s who are authorised to work in Masterton is available here (the IQP register)

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