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'Minor variations' & 'amendments'

A minor variation that doesn’t deviate significantly from the building consent can be made by emailing an updated plan/document to us. Changes that affect compliance must be dealt with by an application to amend the consent, irrespective of whether it is considered minor. More details below.

Dealing with 'minor variations' and 'amendments'

Minor variations

A minor variation is a minor modification, addition, or variation to a building consent.

It doesn’t deviate significantly from the plans and specifications that were approved with the consent and is generally considered cosmetic. Please refer to the MBIE website for further guidance about what constitutes a minor variation: Minor variation guidance

You can apply for a minor variation by applying for an amendment through the online AlphaOne Building Consent system on our website. A decision will be made at vetting whether the lodgement can be accepted as a minor variation. Where a minor variation has been approved on site by the inspecting officer, an as-built must be provided. In all other cases an unstamped set of amended plans must be provided clearly showing the proposed changes.

Please note that Council staff cannot accept hard copy documents on site. It is the applicant’s responsibility to upload documents.

If the proposed work falls outside the definition of a minor variation, your application will be processed as an amendment.


It is important that any changes to the building work that affect compliance with the building code are properly dealt with by an application to amend the building consent, irrespective of whether it is considered a minor variation or whether it requires a formal amendment. This is because a code compliance certificate is issued by a building consent authority if the building work complies with the building consent.

You can apply for a building consent amendment through the online AlphaOne Building Consent system on our website.


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