Please be aware that as of the 1st October the new 2019 Technical Handbooks came in to force.
The main changes are the provision for fire safety within Section 2 (Fire) in both the Domestic and Non-domestic Handbooks. These changes form part of the output from the Ministerial Working Group on Building and Fire Safety and the 2018 consultation on fire safety.
- A further change under standard 3.12 introduces the provision of 'Changing Places Toilets' in larger non-domestic buildings.
- A number of minor corrections and updating website hyperlinks have also been made.
- The handbooks are available, free of charge, in electronic format only. They can be viewed or downloaded from the Scottish Government website.
What is a Building Warrant? Do I need one?
The Building Standards Customer Journey for Home Owners (PDF, 6.3MB) is a very helpful document in explaining the roles and responsibilities of the homeowner in relation to the Building Standards process.
A Building Warrant is generally required when:
- Building a new home
- Extending your home
- The building or removing of walls
- Altering roofs, external walls or other structural elements
- Converting a loft or garage into a room
- Demolishing a building
Documents you will need:
- Plans and drawings in relation to the proposed work
- The appropriate application fee
- Certificates from an Approved Certifier of Design (if you are using one)
- Confirmation that you intend to use an Approved Certifier of Construction
It is an offence to start work without a Building Warrant, where a Building Warrant is required.
Starting work could result in statutory enforcement action being taken and result in a fine of up to £5,000.