Changes to Approved Building Consent
A minor variation is a minor change to a Building Consent that does not usually affect compliance with the Building Code. The approval of a minor variation is at the discretion of the Building Officer and generally requires a separate inspection to be booked.
Examples of minor variation changes could include:
Sometimes a submitted Minor Variation application is not minor and an amendment application will be required for the change. Some examples of these are:
If the building consent has been issued, the work has started and you want to make a minor change to the approved building consent plans you will need to:
The application and information will be reviewed by the building officer during the site inspection and if approved, will be stamped approved, dated and signed. One copy of the information is to be retained with the site pack and the second copy will be scanned into the Council’s records for the building consent.
If the building officer decides that the changes are beyond the scope of minor, you will need to submit an application for an amendment to the building consent.
If the proposed change is significantly different to your approved plans, you must apply for a formal amendment to the approved building consent.
Some examples of amendments include, but are not limited to:
An application for amendment is processed in the same way as a building consent application. Council is required to process the amendment application within 20 working days, and charges for processing at the same hourly rates - unless the changes are extensive. However, amended consents can usually be processed quickly.
The amendment application must be approved prior to undertaking the building work.
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