Building Warrant of Fitness (Form 12)

A building owner needs to renew a building’s warrant of fitness (BWoF) every 12 months, signing, issuing and publicly displaying it to prove the building’s life safety systems (called specified systems) have been maintained and inspected.

Class Property Plant & Equipment
Also known as Form 12
Relevant Standards New Zealand Building Act 2004
How often does it need to be renewed Yearly
Where Applicable New Zealand

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Description and why do we need it

The BWoF (Building Warrant of Fitness) is a document officially known as a Form 12, that is issued by the building owner or owner’s representative and outlines key information on the property, legal description, owner details, and a schedule of all the specified fire safety systems that are detailed on the compliance schedule.

What's an exemption certificate?

This exemption certificate is NOT a statutory certificate.  It is simply a true negative document used within the platform so a Facility Manager can specify that a particular property doesn't need a BWOF.  That way they can set up a rule that says "All Locations must have a BWOF or a BWOF Exemption"

 What's a Form 12A?

Before a BWoF can be issued a ‘Form 12a’ for each specified system must be received.  Once the multiple Form 12a documents are completed for all specified systems, they are issued with a copy of the BWoF to the council.

Who is responsible for the BWOF?

It depends.  Normally it is the building owner, however, sometimes/often the tenant is responsible for a testing and maintaining all the fire safety equipment so the responsibility is down to the tenant. CHECK YOUR LEASE! and contact your building owner.

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