Building Standards

Changes to Building Standards processes due to Coronavirus

Due to the current Coronavirus situation, and in line with Government guidelines, there are changes to how we deliver our Building Standards services. All council offices are currently closed to the public

You can find out more details of the phased resumption of site visits and the use of remote virtual inspections, and how to get in touch with Building Standards, submit applications and casework, here on our website:

Coronavirus service changes - Building Standards

If you are thinking about erecting a new building, altering or extending an existing building, converting a building or even demolishing a building, you will most likely require a building warrant. A building warrant needs to be issued before starting any work.
You may also need planning permission, so please check before starting the work.

Find out more about Building Standards

The Scottish Government Building Standards Division is looking for your views on how digital technologies can transform delivery of the Building Standards system - find out more and take part in the survey here

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Guidance Find out if you need a building warrant or other permission for any planned works
Application forms Are you thinking about carrying out building works, or demolishing a building? Apply here
Letters of comfort Information on regularisation of unauthorised works and how to apply
Dangerous buildings Information on building standards involvement with dangerous buildings
Building standards register How to get information and copy documents from building standards
Events and licensing Building standards acts in an advisory capacity to the council's Licensing Board.
Performance and customer care Building standards are a customer focused service, attained the National Accredited Customer Service Excellence Award on 1st Dec 2013 and aims for excellent customer service - read our service charter, performance information and provide us with your feedback.

Customer Service Excellence logo The Building Standards Team have successfully passed their annual re-accreditation assessment for the Customer Service Excellence standard. This challenging standard assesses 57 different elements of customer service and is the only Government endorsed standard in the UK. To gain the standard the applicant team has to fully comply with at least 46 out of the 57 elements - this year we have not only achieved all 57 elements, but have also been given a further three Compliance+ status which brings our Compliance+ status to eighteen. This demonstrates our ongoing improvement and increasing levels of customer service.

What do building standards do?

If you are considering building, altering, converting, extending or demolishing a building, it is likely that you will need to apply for permission. Building standards should not be confused with planning. The planning process is concerned with, amongst other issues, the siting of the building, its visual impact on the surrounding area and general aesthetics. Building standards is concerned with how the building is constructed in relation to structure and fire, means of escape, its energy efficiency and accessibility and the general health and safety of the building users. Therefore in many cases both a building warrant and planning permission must be obtained before building works commence.

The principal aim of building standards is to ensure the health, safety and welfare of people in and around buildings, the conservation of fuel and power and the encouragement of sustainability in buildings

This is achieved through the processing of warrant applications and issuing/acceptance of completion certificates to ensure compliance with the building standards.


As part of its on-going building safety programme, the Scottish Government has provided advice and guidance on action required for certain types of building.

Its guidance is for you if you are responsible for the maintenance of a building:

- with external insulation finished with render or brick -slips, particularly, but not exclusively, those with a storey at a height of more than 18 metres above the ground or in an exposed location.

In order to fully assess Scotland's housing stock, and to identify actions being undertaken by building owners in the event that any buildings may have inadequate design or poor installation of EWI systems, the Scottish Government would be grateful if you would complete and return the pro-forma schedule, to as soon as possible, so that any issues can be logged.