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BUILDING ACT 2000 - FORM 56

The Building Act 2000 requires the owners or occupiers of Commercial Buildings (other than houses or outbuildings) - to maintain the essential safety and health features of their premises so that they continue to perform as designed and installed. Owners and occupiers must comply with new requirements by signing an Annual Maintenance Statement and must display it prominently in their building.

If your building is used as a place of public assembly, other requirements may also apply and if an Occupancy Permit or Certificate of Occupancy is needed this must be issued. It is recommended that you seek advice from a Building Surveyor or other suitably qualified building professionals.

Under the new requirements, owners or occupiers must maintain their buildings to the same standard as when built or last upgraded. They are not required to upgrade their buildings to the latest standards.

Owners or occupiers must sign and display a one-page statement that they have carried out their maintenance obligations according to a prescribed schedule. They must also retain records or maintenance for a period of 10 years in a secure offsite location, with a copy held on site.

Once a Building Surveyor or other suitably qualified person has prepared an initial maintenance schedule, the owner or occupier is responsible for ongoing inspections and maintenance on an annual basis. A competent owner, occupier, building manager or maintenance contractor can then carry out schedule maintenance inspections. A prudent building owner or occupier will be doing this already to comply with existing requirements for fire safety and occupational health and safety, and possibly also to comply with their insurance policy.

Please note that occupiers are only responsible if the contract for the lease or rent of the building includes responsibility for maintenance of the essential safety and health features and measures. Proper maintenance is the best way to ensure that safety systems will operate reliably in the event of an emergency. While penalties apply for non-compliance you may also risk public liability exposure in the unfortunate event of an accident. For further information please call our office.