Building Warrant of Fitness

A Building Warrant of Fitness (BWoF) is a statement supplied by a building owner, confirming that the systems specified in the compliance schedule for their building have been maintained and checked in accordance with the compliance schedule for the previous 12 months, and that they will continue to perform as required.

Supplying a Building Warrant of Fitness

A building owner must supply a BWoF to Council on each anniversary of issuing the compliance schedule. We will send you a reminder when this is due. The Building Act 2004 requires that:

    • the BWoF must state that the inspection, maintenance and reporting procedures of the compliance schedule have been fully complied with for the previous 12 months

    • a copy of each certificate issued by the Independent Qualified Persons (IQPs) for each of the specified systems, along with any recommendations for amending the compliance schedule, must be attached to the BWoF provided to Council

    • the owner must use the prescribed BWoF form in the Building (Forms) Regulations 2004, providing all the information and attachments required in the Compliance Schedule (sometimes this is supplied by the IQP checking the system on your behalf).

Download Building Warrant of Fitness form  (PDF, 220.5KB)

Independent Qualified Persons (IQPs) 

Building owners must continue to engage IQPs to undertake the inspection, maintenance and reporting procedures listed on the compliance schedule.

All registered South Island IQPs are recorded on the IQP Register administered by Timaru District Council. Search for an IQP at IQP search page (search by name, IQP number, town or by system).

Certificate of compliance (Form 12A)

IQPs can provide building owners with a certificate verifying the inspection, maintenance and reporting procedures for each specified system have been fully complied with. IQPs will issue the certificates on Form 12A of the Building (Forms) Amendment Regulations 2005 (certificate of compliance with inspection, maintenance and reporting procedures).

Document review

Council reviews the documents from the IQP provided with a Building Warrant of Fitness. Where any recommendations have been made by the IQP, Council then determines whether the compliance schedule needs to be amended, based on those recommendations.


Council is required under the Building Act to proactively check a building to ensure a BWoF is correct, and that IQP reports are correct. We can charge for this inspection and may authorise an agent to undertake this inspection work on our behalf.

Request for changes

As a building owner, you can request a change to the inspection, maintenance and reporting procedures of the compliance schedule. Before approving any changes, Council must consider the effect of the proposed change on the compliance of the system. 

Find more information about managing your BWoF​ (for buildings with specified systems) 

Page reviewed: 19 Jun 2018 2:37pm