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.
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.
We do not issue the BWOF (Form 12). The building owner or an agent should complete this form and submit it to us.
Form 12A: Certificate of compliance with inspection, maintenance and reporting procedures should be completed by an IQP.
What to do if there are missed inspections, reporting and maintenance procedures
When a BWOF cannot be supplied because of missed inspection, maintenance and reporting procedures, the building owner should:
- issue a BWOF Report and Declaration (B-RaD)
- include all
form 12As for the specified systems where no procedures have been missed
- submit a Specified System Report and Declaration (S-RaD) issued by an IQP for each specified system where procedures were missed.
To download the required documents, see the
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's (MBIE) Building Performance website.
How to submit your BWOF
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the BWOF and IQP certificates.
What happens if you do not display a BWOF
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
- there is no risk to their health and safety.
If you do not 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.
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