What is a building contract variation? Well it indicates that a change has arisen in the building plans for any given building design project, one that diverges from the originally formulated scope or brief. These variations sometimes can lead to sharp disagreements among parties involved, which in turn can lead to legal interventions.

This can be particularly dicey when items of work are not specifically stated within the contract, but are indispensable components of the building process.

Even after everyone has signed on the dotted line, disagreements can come up all too frequently. Commonly disputed items can include work quality and quantity, changes in levels on site, etc. Claims of breach of contract can result.

And of course, every contract and agreement is subject to legal governance and restrictions. So if a variation alters the entire scope of works, a tribunal might intervene and strike it. Also, a contract must clearly state the identities of all participating workers. And of course, all variations must be made in writing and all procedures must be set out and followed.

Some variations are unavoidable. Unexpected conditions can arise on site, and everything from legal specifications to weather conditions literally can throw a wrench in the works.

Whether anticipated, unexpected, and/or totally unavoidable, contract variations should be handled and addressed legally and professionally—so that variations don’t become violations.