Guidance specific to Scotland only.
Some of the most frequently asked building regulation questions are below, if you have a question you don’t see listed below just contact us and we will do our best to help.
Building warrant is a legal permission granted to alter or erect a building or associated works. It details how the project will be constructed which should meet the relevant building standards regulations. You should not start any works until your permission is in place. Visit our building warrant guide page
for more information.
Building regulations are a set of standards to which your project must be designed to. The standards are set by Scottish government. Your local architectural service provider will be able to provide a full specification for your project
The fee for building warrant varies depending on your specific project. It is calculated based on the value of works you are to carry out. Visit our Building warrant fees
page for more information.
You can make an application for building warrant yourself or appoint an agent. An agent can be an architect, architectural technician or other suitably qualified person.
Yes, works can be applied for that have already been carried out, additional fees will be payable to your local council (125% of normal Building warrant fee
) and improvements may be required to meet current building regulations. You should always apply for a building warrant prior to starting your project.[/
There are some works that do not require a building warrant. Have a look at our individual project categories
or works not requiring warrant page
to see if a building warrant is required. Although a building warrant may not be required your project should still be designed to meet the current building regulations.
A building warrant is not required to upgrade your kitchen unless you are making any changes to the structure of your building.
A building warrant is not required to upgrade your bathroom unless you are making any changes to the structure of your building.
A building warrant is not required for window alterations if you are replacing on a like for like basis.
A building warrant may be required if you are increasing the area of your drive by more than 200 metres sq.
Receiving warrant approval is not the end to the building warrant process. Once your works are completed you should apply for a completion certificate. Your local building control inspector will arrange a visit to check that the works have been carried out in accordance with your approved drawings. Your completion certificate should be kept in a safe place as it may be required if you sell your home.
An amendment to building warrant is where during construction you change your mind on the layout or detail of your project after you have received your building warrant approval. An amendment to warrant allows you to change your approval to the new details.
A building warrant is not required for increasing the insulation in your home as long as it does not affect the structure of the building or is not located on the external face of your building.