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Public Buildings and Compliance Schedules

If your building is open to the public, whether for free or by payment of a charge, you will need to observe some additional requirements and responsibilities to ensure the safety of people using the building.

Examples of public premises include:

  • Shops and shopping malls
  • Cinemas
  • Marae
  • Camping grounds
  • Garages and workshops
  • Funeral homes
  • Office or retail complexes
  • Restaurants
  • Hospitals
  • Rest homes

Public premises cannot be used/occupied until a Code Compliance Certificate is issued, showing the building complies with the Building Code.

Certificates of Public use

In certain circumstances it may be possible to apply for a Certificate for Public Use, which will allow a building, or part of a building, to be used before the Code Compliance Certificate is issued.

Certificates for Public Use will be considered on a case-by-case basis and do not relieve the owner of a building from the obligation to apply for a Code Compliance Certificate after all the building work has been carried out.

Certificates for Public Use are not required for private homes.

  • Certificate for Public Use application form can be downloaded from forms page or the related links below.

Compliance Schedule

A Compliance Schedule is a document issued by Council for buildings that contain ‘specified systems’, which are systems contributing to the safety and wellbeing of building users.

Examples include:

  • Automatic systems for fire suppression.
  • Automatic or manual emergency warning systems for fire or other dangers.
  • Electromagnetic or automatic doors or windows.
  • Emergency lighting systems.
  • Escape route pressurisation systems.
  • Riser mains for use by fire services.
  • Automatic back-flow preventers connected to a potable water supply.
  • Lifts, escalators, travelators, or other systems for moving people or goods within buildings.
  • Mechanical ventilation or air conditioning systems.
  • Building maintenance units providing access to exterior and interior walls of buildings.
  • Laboratory fume cupboards.
  • Audio loops or other assistive listening systems.
  • Smoke control systems.
  • Emergency power systems for, or signs relating to, a system or feature specified for any of the above.

All Building Consent applications that include specified systems are required to include a proposed Compliance Schedule.

The following is a link to an example showing the minimum information required for a completed compliance schedule application along with a WORD version of the application form if you wish to use this format. NOTE: the format is not mandatory but the content is.

Example of completed compliance schedule application (PDF 440 KB)

A Compliance Schedule lists the specified systems in your building, the performance standards for those specified systems, and references the inspection, maintenance and reporting procedures to be followed by your Independently Qualified Person (IQP).

A Compliance Schedule must be kept on site and made available to authorised persons upon request. A Compliance Schedule does not expire and is current for the life of the building or until the building or systems are altered.

IMPORTANT: Any work carried out on a specified system within a building requires a Building Consent.

Obtaining a Compliance Schedule

The Compliance Schedule will be issued  along with the Code Compliance Certificate by Council for:

  • New buildings (if the building has one or more specified systems), or,
  • An upgrade to an existing building or systems, required as a result of a change of use or alterations, which required a building consent.

A Compliance Schedule can also be issued for a building that has existing systems that have not previously been identified by Council by using the following application form.

Reference in related documents: Application for Compliance Schedule form.

If an amendment is required to your Compliance Schedule please complete the following form.

Reference in related documents: Amendment to compliance schedule

Compliance Schedule Statement

A Compliance Schedule Statement is issued by Council at the same time as the Compliance Schedule and Code Compliance Certificate (if applicable).

It serves as the first stage of the Building Warrant of Fitness process and must be replaced in 12 months with a Building Warrant of Fitness.

Building Warrant of Fitness

The Building Warrant of Fitness is issued by the building owner and must be supplied on each anniversary of the issue of the Compliance Schedule. This states that the inspection, maintenance and reporting procedures of the compliance schedule have been fully complied with during the previous 12 months. This will include the Form 12a’s as issued by your IQP as confirmation that the Specified Systems within the Compliance Schedule have been tested and maintained as per the appropriate standards.

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