Building WOF amnesty begins

by Anonymous Author

The Selwyn District Council has begun a 12-month building warrant of fitness amnesty to encourage commercial building owners to review their compliance schedules before their building’s annual warrant of fitness is due.

Under the Building Act 2004, owners of commercial, industrial, retail and community buildings have a responsibility to ensure their building is safe for people to enter, occupy or work in. It means all systems must have regular checks to ensure they operate properly for the life of the building.

Council building manager, Vanessa Mitchell, said the amnesty was an opportunity for building owners to declare new or altered systems — such as fire alarms, smoke detectors or automatic doors and windows — so that council can work with them to add the systems to their compliance schedules.

“We’ve had significant growth in the commercial sector in the district and council has reached a point where regular audits will be carried out to ensure the existing building stock is being maintained,” Mrs Mitchell said.

“The amnesty is part of our customer focussed approach to actively engage with local building owners and build strong working relationships.

“We want to make it easier for them to keep their compliance schedules up to date and with minimal stress.”

An annual building warrant of fitness confirms the owner has met all inspection, maintenance and reporting requirements of the compliance schedule issued by the council.

Building owners will receive a letter from council about two months before their building warrant of fitness is due, to advise them of the amnesty period and actions to take.

For more information on building owners’ responsibilities people can visit the council website.