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|
- Fire safety and testing – a guide to New Zealand’s Building Warrant of Fitness (BWoF) - An excellent article from Wormald
- NZ Govt: Managing your BWoF (for buildings with specified systems)
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.