What is a building warrant of fitness (BWoF)?
A BWoF is a statement from a building owner that confirms the systems specified in the building’s compliance schedule (including domestic cable cars) have been maintained and checked for the previous 12 months. You must comply with the BWoF as it’s a provision of the Building Act 2004
Do I need a Building Warrant of Fitness (BWoF)?
If your home has a cable car or your building has a specified system you need a BWoF.
Send forms to us annually
Every year, you or your agent must complete copies of Form 12 - Building warrant of fitness, with supporting Form 12a - Certificate of compliance for each system on your compliance schedule and either
- send them to email@example.com
- drop them in to 101 Wakefield Street, or
- post them to PO Box 2199.
Your compliance schedule lists all your building’s systems and when they need to be checked and maintained to ensure they are safe to use for the next 12 months.
Find out more about Forms 12 and 12a on the MBIE website.
Get a copy or update your compliance schedule
If you need a copy of your compliance schedule or you would like to amend your compliance schedule, email us your building address and we will send it to you.
An Independently Qualified Person can issue a Form 12a
You will need an Independent Qualified Person (IQP) to verify the inspection, maintenance and reporting of your specified systems. This verification covers the previous 12 months.
Display your Form 12 - BWoF
Your Form 12 - Building Warrant of Fitness must be displayed to the public in your building.
Find an IQP
Use the IQP register to find qualified people for your specified systems.
If you want to register as an IQP, or if you're already registered and want to add a new system to your competencies, please complete this Application for Registration Form (192KB PDF) | Text version (345KB RTF).
To ensure Wellington buildings are safe, the Council, operating as a territorial authority, makes BWoF inspections (site audits) from time-to-time. You will receive a letter from us when we visit the building, review the systems and update the compliance schedule.
If you don’t provide a complete and correct BWoF on time, you are liable to pay additional fees, infringement fines and legal proceedings. Not having a BWoF is an offence under the Building Act 2004.
For buildings with an out-of-date or incomplete BWoF, we will issue a notice to fix, billed on WCC time at $163.50 per hour.
If the notice to fix isn’t actioned, we will issue an infringement notice under section 402 of the Building Act. Each infringement notice is $1000.
Our fees are all guided by the Building Act 2004.
|1 specified system or cable car
|2-10 specified systems
|11 or more specified systems
| Inspections (audits)
|1-3 specified systems
|4-10 specified systems
|11 or more specified systems
We may charge additional costs at $163.50 per hour including GST.
Download MBIE's (Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment) Guide on Building Warrant of Fitness and compliance schedules(560KB PDF), or visit the website for more information on BWoF and compliance schedules.