Do I need a building warrant?
A building warrant is required to carry out most types of building work.
If you carry out work that requires a building warrant without first obtaining a warrant, you are committing an offence. You may be liable to a fine of up to £5k.
Some types of building work do not need to comply with the regulations and some types of work do not require a building warrant but must meet the standards.
You can find full details of works that do not require a building warrant by visiting the Building Standards Division website.
Apply for a building warrant
You will need:
- a completed application for a building warrant
- plans of the work
- a lodging fee
Further information is available on our building warrant application guidance page.
Building warrant applications are made online through the Scottish Government portal.
The plans should clearly indicate the nature of your proposals and how they relate to any adjoining or existing building:
- the drawings must be to a known scale
- alteration work or an extension should be clearly highlighted from the existing
- the type of materials and products being used should be indicated
- a location plan and site plan should be provided to show the position of the works
- all drawings must be individually numbered
- structural design certification or calculations as well as other supporting information may also be required
The appropriate lodging fee, based on the estimated value of the works, should be made along with your application.
Do I need to do anything else before I start the work?
In many cases, both planning permission and a building warrant are needed. Find out what needs planning permission for more information.
Health and Safety Executive
If you are having construction or refurbishment work done, you may need to notify the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and you may have other duties as well.
European Protected Species
All bat species found in Scotland are classed as European Protected Species under the Conservation (Natural Habitats, & co.) Regulations 1994 (as amended). This lists a number of offences in relation to bats and their breeding and resting places (roosts). All contractors and building owners should be aware of their obligations when considering conversion of, alterations to and demolition of a building.
The Scottish Natural Heritage website provides additional information.
We also publish a Technical Advice Note providing guidelines for bat surveys.
Other useful information is available from our information and guidance page.