A Building Warrant is the legal permission needed to commence building works.
In assessing your application for a Building Warrant we will apply the standards set by the Building (Scotland) Act 2003. The Building Regulations set down are the minimum requirements that must be observed by anyone planning to construct, alter or change the use of a building.
Building Standards and Public Safety is charged with ensuring the requirements of the Building Regulations are met.
The Scottish Government have made changes to the way building standards applications are made. Scotland's eBuilding Standards online applications service was launched on the 24 August 2016.
This enables the electronic submission of applications for building warrants and other related forms, such as completion certificates. It also enables multiple site users to collaborate in producing any single application online.
Online applications are simple, save applicants time and money and will be delivered to us swiftly, enabling us to start considering applications sooner.
eBuildingstandards.scot can be accessed through the eDevelopment.scot home page - a new single landing page leading to both the new eBuilding standards service and also to the ePlanning service.
There is a single eDevelopment.scot login process, so if you are already registered on ePlanning.scot, you will be able to use the same login details for eBuildingstandards.scot.
It is recommended that you engage the services of a suitably qualified person to deal with all aspects of the application and building works.
We aim to respond to 80% of applications within 20 days of submission; the time taken to assess an application is dependent upon the complexity of the project and the quality of submitted information. If further information is required you will be advised in writing of the matters requiring clarification.
When compliance with the Building Regulations has been met a Building Warrant, valid for 3 years, will be issued. The validity period can be extended in certain circumstances.
If construction or refurbishment work is being carried out, you may need to notify the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and you may have other duties as well. Further information can be found at www.hse.gov.uk
Where all the information required for Building Warrant approval is not available at the time of application, which may be the case in larger projects, it is possible to apply for a Staged Building Warrant via the eBuilding Standards portal. If it is your intention to stage the Warrant application please contact us prior to submission and we will advise what plans, drawings, specifications etc. should accompany each stage of the application.
The initial stage should be applied for using the Building Warrant Application form, listing all subsequent stages, along with the fee for the entire project unless otherwise agreed. Subsequent stages are applied for using the Amendment of Building Warrant Application form and there is an administration fee of £50 for each subsequent stage or the appropriate fee if the entire fee was not paid at the initial application. Approval of each stage of the Building Warrant will permit the work included in that stage to commence on site.
The Certificate of Completion will not be accepted until all stages are approved and the project is complete on site.
Once a Building Warrant has been approved there may be a variety of reasons why it is not possible to complete the project in accordance with the approved plans. Should this situation arise you should submit an application to amend the building warrant via the eBuilding Standards portal.
Work included in the amendment application should not be carried out on site until the amendment to Warrant has been approved.
A Building Warrant is valid for three years from the date of approval and all works included in the Warrant should be completed and a Certificate of Completion submitted to us prior to the expiry date. If you do not envisage the project being completed within this period you may apply for an Extension to the Period of the Building Warrant via the eBuilding Standards portal.
The extension must be applied for prior to the Building Warrant expiring, detailing the reasons for the extension. The request for extension will be considered and a response issued. Each application is assessed on its own merits and an application may not be approved.