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Managing your Building Warrant of Fitness in Whangarei


Managing your Building Warrant of Fitness in Whangarei

Winterless North – Whangarei is a great place to do business. Whilst outsiders mostly know Whangarei for its oil refinery, International port and over 100 beaches, locals know it for so much more. Recognised as New Zealand’s northern-most city, that’s conveniently located just two hours north of Auckland. Notable for its abundant commercial land and gorgeous landscape, Whangarei is the economic hub of the North and hosts many international events at the Whangarei Events Centre (Formerly Toll Stadium).

If you’ve invested in a property in Whangarei – Whether that is in areas like Port Nikau or further south in the Whangarei district at Marsden Point or you’re looking to build, or expand your portfolio there are a few things to keep in mind:

These two forms, the Building Consent form, and the Building Warrant of Fitness (BWoF) are very important to secure before you start any business operations.

Building Warrant of Fitness (BWoF)


If you’re planning to construct a building or a business facility, you will need to apply for a building consent at the Whangarei District Council. Under the Building Act 2004, any proposed building work in Whangarei should be up to standard with the New Zealand Building Code. A building consent is given ahead of any construction work taking place. This includes an evaluation of the building plans, site preparation and its environmental impact in the district. For more information on building consent

As a new property owner, you should be aware of the building’s annual Building Warrant of Fitness (BWoF) expiry date. Your local Whangarei District Council, will have a record.

A Building Warrant of Fitness (BWoF) is a certificate which verifies the inspection. It shows that the preventative maintenance repairs in the compliance schedule have been carried out in the previous 12 months. For Whangarei’s Form 12A, a total of 16 types of automatic and control specified systems are often checked for during the compliance schedule period. These range from access controlled doors, passenger service lifts, fire suppression, and emergency warning systems.

Now a Building Warrant of Fitness (BWoF) is not given out like candy by the Whangarei District Council, but it’s not too hard to acquire either if you follow Whangarei’s guidelines thoroughly. (After all, you’ve just invested in a building in the Whangarei community, the last thing the council needs is a property sitting empty, weathering to the elements and aging out.)

The Whangarei District Council guidelines are there not to give property owners or developers a hard time. What the council simply wants, is to ensure that your premises is compliant and safe.

Fireco – Northland’s #1 Fire Safety And Compliance Solutions Company

In Whangarei, there is a shared desire for everyone to succeed. If you find the compliance schedule requirements quite overwhelming, you can look for an IQP with a registered status. You can also seek a trusted firm that offers professional compliance services. Fireco NZ Ltd is Northland’s #1 Fire safety and compliance solutions company who employ their own IQP specialists.

Fireco can streamline the process and make your compliance application easy for you. They have the appropriate IQPs to inspect a wide range of specified systems. Also, an extensive team to handle repairs and upgrades. Fireco’s priority is to make sure your compliance schedule is on time, with safety being paramount.

Perhaps most reassuring is the fact that Fireco has worked extensively with a number of property owners in the Northland and Auckland area who have already encountered the same technical compliance issues you might have with your current specified systems. As a competent Building Warrant of Fitness (BWoF) service provider local to Whangarei, Fireco can come up with a timeline in phases of 3, 6 or 9 months, simply identifying major and minor deficiencies, and implementing periodic solutions, so these are addressed on time.

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As a property owner, it’s important to not get bogged down in reporting procedures and maintenance schedules. Let Fireco handle your compliance worries for you, so you can focus more on the day-to-day operations of your business. There’s nothing like that satisfying feeling knowing that someone is looking out for you and your property’s future in Whangarei. Feel free to call Fireco today for a no-obligation quote. Let us know of your compliance concerns and we’ll call you back and get right to it. Call us on our hotline 0800 101 232

With a Building Warrant of Fitness (BWoF) expert such as Fireco by your side, you can chart a clear course towards achieving a hard-earned BWoF and a Form 12A Certificate of Inspection in Whangarei.

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