If you own a commercial or industrial building or office block, it’s likely to contain what are legally known as ‘specified systems’ – that is, systems designed to ensure that the building is safe and healthy for members of the public to enter, occupy or work there.
A Compliance Schedule is an inventory of all the specified systems in your building and their performance standards. It also details the inspection, testing and reporting procedures required to keep them working properly.
Note you only need a Compliance Schedule for a home if it has, or is serviced by, a cable car.
Specified systems include:
- automatic fire-suppression systems
- automatic and manual emergency warning systems for fire and other dangers
- electromagnetic and automatic doors and windows
- emergency lighting systems
- escape route pressurisation systems
- riser mains for use by fire services
- automatic back-flow preventers connected a potable water supplies
- lifts, escalators, travelators and other systems used to move people or goods within buildings
- mechanical ventilation and air conditioning systems
- building maintenance units that provide access to buildings’ exterior and interior walls
- laboratory fume cupboards
- audio loops and other assistive listening systems
- smoke-control systems
- emergency power systems for, or signs relating to, systems and features specified for any of the above systems
- cable cars
- other fire safety systems or features (such as systems for communicating information to help people evacuate, final exits, fire separations, signs) (this is not a specified system).
Displaying Compliance Schedules
Compliance Schedules must be kept on-site and be available to Council officers, ‘independent qualified persons’ and authorised agents at all times. If you don’t have a Compliance Schedule when you should have one, you may be prosecuted.
The Compliance Schedule issue process
If your project needs a building consent
If your building project needs a building consent, you’ll see in the building consent application form (PDF 511 kb) (pages 8-13) that you need to name all the specified systems as the proposed inspection, maintenance and reporting procedures.
You’ll receive the Compliance Schedule for the building at the same time as the project’s Code Compliance Certificate. Note this first schedule will be a ‘Compliance Schedule Statement’ – a temporary public notification of your compliance with the schedule’s requirements. Then, every 12 months from then on, you need to arrange an inspection of your specified systems and produce a Building Warrant of Fitness stating that you’ve met all the Compliance Schedule’s inspection, maintenance and reporting requirements.
If you don’t need a building consent
If your project doesn’t need a building consent but the building requires a Compliance Schedule, you can apply for one by completing this form (PDF 119 kb).
Amending a Compliance Schedule
You’ll need to apply for an amendment to a Compliance Schedule (PDF 150 kb) if you want to:
- upgrade your building or specified systems
- change the building’s use
- undertake alterations that may also require a building consent.
You can apply for an amendment at any time, or an ‘independent qualified person’ can apply on your behalf.
If you’re not sure whether your building needs a Compliance Schedule, or whether you need to amend an existing Compliance Schedule, just get in touch. We’ll can discuss your project, provide you with the information you need and advise you on the next steps.