Auckland Council has commenced a 3-tiered audit process on all the Building Warrant of Fitness (BWoF) stock in Auckland. The costs of these audits can be charged back to building owners, and even worse, if there are major non-conformities found, then the fines issued can really start to add up.
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The Fire Guys aim to exceed our customer’s expectations by providing transparent, reliable and cost-effective services. 98% of our customers are repeat or on-going customers. Our range of services includes:
• Routine checks/inspections tailored to your requirements.
• All relevant, time-stamped documentation available 24/7 on and off-site, including photos if needed.
• Annual inspections carried out 3 months before BWoF’s are due.
• If any compliance issues are picked up that require attention, you will be notified in advance and informed so you clearly understand.
• Detailed annual IQP reports containing specific details of all inspection, maintenance and reporting procedures over the previous 12 months.
• Streamlined risk-free service, from day one until the end of time.
What is a Building Warrant of Fitness (BWOF)?
A Building Warrant of Fitness (BWOF) is a certificate issued by the building owner confirming that all the specified systems contained within the building have been inspected and maintained and are performing in accordance with the compliance schedule. A BWOF verifies that the inspection, maintenance and reporting procedures for all the specified systems within a building have been carried out in accordance with the compliance schedule for the previous 12 months.
Who is responsible for issuing the Building Warrant of Fitness (BWOF)?
Issuing of the BWOF certificate is the owner’s responsibility; this document must be issued annually. The owner is required to display a copy of the BWOF certificate in a visible location in the building where it can be seen and to which the public have access. In summary every year the building owner is required to:
· Issue a BWOF
· Display a copy of the BWOF certificate (Form 12) in a visible location
· Provide Council with a copy of the BWOF and IQP Certificates (Form 12A)
· Obtain annual written reports from IQP’s, relating to the inspection, maintenance and reporting procedures of the compliance schedule.
· These reports must be kept onsite for 2 years and be made readily available when requested by authorised building inspectors.
Penalties The Building Act 2004 contains several provisions to protect public health and safety that are important for building owners and managers. There is a range of penalties for failing to comply with these provisions:
- If a person is the owner of a building for which a compliance schedule has been obtained, they are liable for a fine of up to $20,000 with a further fine of $2,000 for each day the offence is continued.
- Building owners can be fined up to $20,000 for failing to display a Building Warrant of Fitness, or displaying a false or misleading Building Warrant of Fitness.
- Building owners who fail to give written notice of a change of use commit an offence and are liable to a maximum fine of $5,000.
- It is also an offence carrying a fine of up to $100,000 to use or permit the use of a building, which is not safe or sanitary, or if it has inadequate means of escape from fire