Building Warrant of Fitness

A Building Warrant of Fitness (BWOF) is a document that is prepared by the building owner or the owner's agent and submitted annually to the local council, in this case, Whanganui District Council.

It is a declaration stating that the specified systems contained within the building have been inspected, maintained and reported in accordance with the Compliance Schedule for the previous 12 months and is issued along with a Code Compliance Certificate.

Specified systems examples include fire suppression systems, automatic doors, ventilation or air conditioning, lifts and escalators.

These specified systems contribute to the safety of the building and help ensure a building is safe and healthy for members of the public to enter, occupy or work in.

Where to get information

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment incorporates all the functions of the former Department of Building and Housing, the Department of Labour, the Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Science and Innovation.

The MBIE website has a vast array of information relating to all aspects of the building industry, including Building Warrants of Fitness. It also has news and information about the Building Act and Building Code and information about the Ministry's building control services and activities.

Unsure how a Building Warrant of Fitness works?

The Council has produced an information pack(PDF, 800KB) for building owners or agents. You may also like to find out more about safety in public buildings(PDF, 833KB) and your obligations as a building owner.


Looking for the right IQP? Check out our current register(PDF, 350KB).



BWoF renewals, change of details, invoices and general inquiries

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