Rates, Building & Property

Specified systems

When you apply for a building consent for a new (or existing) building with specified systems, you need to provide information with your application to enable us to compile (or amend) a compliance schedule.

What is a specified system?

Specified systems are systems or features that help a building to function fully – like sprinklers, lifts, ventilation and air conditioning. These systems are crucial to the safety and health of a building and those who use it.

As a building owner it is your responsibility to ensure the systems are inspected and maintained according to the compliance schedule. If they fail to work properly they could adversely affect health or life safety, which may also affect your insurance cover.

Identify specified systems on your building consent application

There are 16 specified systems in the Building Act – these must be identified on your building consent application form.

We will require details of the design features of the specified systems and proposed procedures for inspection, maintenance and reporting so they can be included in the compliance schedule. This will also include the performance standard a specified system is intended to meet, and to continue to meet, for the life of the building. For example, a fire alarm system may be required to meet New Zealand Standard 4512: 2021

Specified systems forms for building compliance

These forms are for sharing with us information about specified systems for your building consent. Also use them if you are making changes to specified systems at your building or if you need to update the information we hold about your building’s specified systems.