What is an IQP?
Under section 7 of the Building Act 2004, an independent qualified person (IQP) means a person—
- Who is accepted by a territorial authority as being qualified to—
- Carry out or supervise all or some of the inspection, maintenance, and reporting procedures required for a specified system stated in a compliance schedule; and
- Certify that those procedures have been fully complied with; and
- Whose acceptance under paragraph (a) has not been withdrawn by the territorial authority
‘Independent’ means that the person has no financial interest in the building. Refer to the MBIE website (building warrant of fitness guide) for the BWOF process including
- The inspections and maintenance of specified systems
- Amendments to a compliance schedule
(For a definition and list of specified systems see Specified Systems, Compliance Schedules, and BWOFs.)
View the register / Join the register / Renew registration
All Independent Qualified Persons are required to be registered with the Hamilton City Council on behalf of the Councils in the Waikato Building Consent Group and other councils within the Waikato and Bay of Plenty Regions. Visit the Hamilton City Council website to:
- View the registers
- Apply for registration
- Apply for renewal of registration
IQP and BWOF training
- See MBIE’s guidance: Managing your BWoF (for buildings with specified systems)
- See training options offered by Building Networks
The IQP is responsible for carrying out or supervising the specified system procedures for
- Inspections and tests
- Preventative maintenance and repair work
- Provide written reports relating to the inspection, maintenance, and reporting procedures of the compliance schedule signed by each IQP or another person who carried out 1 or more of those procedures.
- Before the BWOF due date, provide the owner with all the completed Certificate(s) of compliance with inspection, maintenance, and reporting procedures (Form 12A). These certificates are attached to the Building Warrant of fitness (FORM 12) and when those certificates are considered together, certify that the inspection, maintenance, and reporting procedures stated in the compliance schedule have been fully complied with during the previous 12 months.
- Where necessary provide any recommendation that the compliance schedule should be amended to ensure that the specified systems stated in the compliance schedule are performing, and will continue to perform, to the performance standards for those systems. This should also be attached to the FORM 12.
For more information regarding builder and designer rights and obligations see the MBIE website.
- Sections 108 -110, Building Act 2004 – Annual building warrant of fitness
- Commercial Buildings
- Specified Systems, Compliance Schedules, and BWOFs
- Compliance Schedule Handbook (Published on 14 February 2014)
- Compliance Schedule Details
- List of specified systems in Schedule 1 of the Specified Systems Building (Specified Systems, Change the Use, and Earthquake-prone Buildings) Regulations 2005.
Last updated 2019-01-31