Changes made to a building consent are referred to as amendments and minor variations.
Minor variations and minor changes may be dealt with by a Building Inspector (discretionary) however major changes (amendments) are processed formally.
Regulation 3 of the Building (Minor Variations) Regulations 2009 defines a minor variation as follows:
3 Minor variation defined
(1) A minor variation is a minor modification, addition, or variation to a building consent that does not deviate significantly from the plans and specifications to which the building consent relates.
(2) The following are examples of minor variations and do not constitute an exhaustive list:
(a) substituting comparable products (for example, substituting one internal lining for a similar internal lining)
(b) minor wall bracing changes
(c) a minor construction change (for example, changing the framing method used around a window)
(d) changing a room's layout (for example, changing the position of fixtures in a bathroom or kitchen)
Amending a building consent
If you wish to change the design of the building after the building consent is either applied for or issued, then:
- If the building consent has not been issued, submit two copies of the amended documents to the Building Inspector processing your consent. These must highlight the intended changes, including a cover letter detailing those changes. We recommend that you contact the Building Inspector to advise them of your intentions to avoid re-processing.
- If the building consent has already been issued, you will need to submit an application form for an amendment to the building consent showing the amended details. Approval must be obtained prior to the work being carried out. Amendments are invoiced following approval (lodgement fee plus time spent processing the amendment).
Council should approve an Amendment Application within 20 working days, assuming the application is correctly detailed. Simple amendments are generally processed within a few days.