Building Standards Advice

A Building Warrant is generally required to be issued before starting any work. Your Warrant will be granted if the work you propose meets the Building Standards Regulations for compliance with the Building (Scotland) Act 2003.

Please remember it is an offence to start work for which a Warrant is required - before obtaining the Warrant. If a Warrant is not obtained, this could lead to difficulties in acceptance of a certificate of completion and in selling your property. It is strongly recommended that applicants should seek professional advice regarding their project.

Please remember that Building Warrants are separate from Planning Consent, or any other consents you may require.

Express Building Warrant Assessment Service for minor works

The Express Building Warrant Plan Assessment Service will allow certain specified works to be instantly assessed for compliance with the Building Standards (Scotland) Regulations 2004 and associated Technical Handbooks. This will allow consent to be given quickly thereby allowing work to commence on site. 

We have a Gaelic version of our Express Building Warrant Plan Assessment Service document.

Health & Safety

If you are having construction of refurbishment work done, you may need to notify the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) - find out more on the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) website

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Frequently Asked Questions document has indepth answers to the following questions...

  • Is there any Building Work that is exempt from the Requirements of the Building (Scotland) Regulations?
  • Is there any Building Work that does not need a Building Warrant?
  • Do Replacement Windows require a Building Warrant?
  • How do I obtain a Building Warrant?

 We also have a Gaelic version of our Frequently Asked Questions document. 

Who do I contact if I need more advice?

If you have any more questions or need any further advice please contact the local area office closest to your site.

You can also find good advice from the Building Standards Division of the Scottish Government.