A Building Warrant of Fitness (BWoF) is official written confirmation that the ‘specified systems’ in a building (listed on a Compliance Schedule) are properly maintained to a high standard and regularly tested to ensure the safety of those who enter the building. More precisely, it signals that the owner has maintained (or has employed qualified people to maintain) the systems to the required standard during the previous year.
Take a look at our information sheet about Safety in Public Buildings (PDF 115 kb)
The buildings covered by BWoFs are usually commercial or industrial buildings or office blocks. However, if your home has, or is serviced by, a cable car you’ll need a BWoF for it.
Every 12 months, on the anniversary of the day the Compliance Schedule was issued, the building owner must send us:
- a completed BWoF (PDF 122 kb)
- a statement (on a Form 12A) from an ‘independent qualified person’ that the inspection, maintenance and reporting procedures for each specified system have been fully complied with
- any recommendations for amending the Compliance Schedule, and a completed application form (PDF 150 kb).
The Form(s) 12A, along with any other associated BWoF documentation, must be retained for two years. These records must be kept within a BWoF folder onsite (unless agreed upon with Council for an alternative location).
A copy of the BWoF must be displayed in a public area of the building at all times.
If you don’t have a BWoF when you should have one, you may be prosecuted.