Defining variations and amendments
For the purposes of this guide, a ‘variation’ refers to any proposed or agreed change to consented building work.
An ‘amendment’ means a change made to the original building consent, be it a simple alteration like a handwritten note on the consented plans by the consent applicant/builder/designer (informal), or through a formal amendment as set out in the Building Act 2004 and Building (Forms) Regulations 2004.
All amendments must be approved and recorded by the building consent authority.
How to assess a minor or major variation
As noted, it is very common for variations to consented building work to take place during a construction project.
The question to consider is whether the change is considered minor or major in nature.
The following explanations of ‘minor’ and ‘major’ variations are to assist building consent authorities to more effectively determine what they consider to be ‘minor’ or ‘major’ variations, and then consistently implement a policy for how they handle each of these.