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Building Warrant of Fitness (BWOF)

What is the annual Building Warrant of Fitness (BWOF)

The Building Warrant of Fitness (BWOF) is an annual certificate that proves that:

  • specified systems in your building have been inspected and maintained
  • all the requirements and procedures of the compliance schedule have been met.

What you need to do

As a building owner you must:

  • engage an Independent Qualified Person (IQP) to inspect and certify that the procedures of the specified systems have been completed
  • ensure a copy of the BWOF certificate is supplied to us on or before the date it is due to expire
  • supply us with copies of all IQP certificates of compliance and related recommendations
  • ensure the BWOF certificate is on display in a public area of the building where it can be seen by building users.

Email relevant items to: regsupportbwof@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

You may need to supply a BWOF even if you:

  • renovate or refurbish the building in part or in full
  • have vacant tenancies or a vacant building
  • have decommissioned specified systems
  • have taken out a consent.

You should know

You need to display a BWOF, so that people using your building know that all the systems in the building are functional and operating effectively, without any risk to their health and safety.
 
We do not issue the BWOF (Form 12). This is issued by the building owner or an agent on behalf of the owner.
If you don't display a BWOF, or display a false one, you can get a fine of up to $20, 000.

If your BWOF has expired, you may be prosecuted.

​Building Warrant of Fitness fees

Read fee table.
Service Fee
Annual renewal – Base fee (non-refundable, additional charges may apply)$150
Building warrant of fitness Audit - Base fee (non-refundable, additional charges may apply)$124

Detailed guidance on your responsibilities relating to Building Warrants of Fitness

Inspections and on-site BWOF audits

Each year we conduct BWOF inspections and audits on randomly selected buildings.

You may be contacted to undergo an audit if:

  • it has been more than five years since your building was last audited
  • a BWOF renewal is overdue or where there is a history of BWOF renewals being supplied late
  • a building has had no building work done for an extended period of time
  • the BWOF and compliance schedule have not been reviewed for an extended period
  • your building is being investigated as a dangerous building.

Please note: this is not an exhaustive list.

The owner is liable to pay for the inspection.

For more information, see the MBIE website.

 

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