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.