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Building compliance is primarily concerned with protecting the people who enter your building by ensuring the safety and essential systems operate as intended.
A building that contains certain safety features and essential systems, such as fire alarms and lifts, requires a compliance schedule. The owner must make sure that these features and systems operate effectively, and must sign an annual building warrant of fitness.
Under the Building Act 2004, a building (except a single residential dwelling) requires a compliance schedule and annual building warrant of fitness if it contains any of the following:
Automatic systems for fire suppression (for example, sprinkler systems).
Automatic or manual emergency warning systems for fire or other dangers (other than a warning system for fire that is entirely within a household unit and serves only that unit).
Electromagnetic or automatic doors or windows (for example, ones that close on fire alarm activation).
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 in any of points 1 to 13.
Systems for communicating spoken information intended to facilitate evacuation.
Note: For further information on Warrant of Fitness and Compliance Schedules read Guidance on building Warrant of Fitness and Compliance Schedules Policy on Auditing of Buildings with Warrants of Fitness Form 11 – Application to amend the compliance schedule