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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

A minor variation can be made by emailing an updated plan/document to us. You'll need to put your building consent number in front of the following email address @napier.abcs.co.nz (e.g. 170111@napier.abcs.co.nz). It'll then be assessed by the Processing Team, or discussed with the Inspecting Officer on site. In all cases an updated as-built plan is required for the building consent file.

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, you must apply for an amendment.

Amendments

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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