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Local Authority Building Standards

Scottish Minister's have re-appointed all 32 Scottish Local Authorities as verifiers under section 7 of the Building (Scotland) Act 2003 from 1 May 2017. The period of appointments differ (six years, three years or one year) depending on past performance of the individual local authority.

The appointments are also conditional  on the verifiers meeting the Operating Framework 2017 and the Performance Framework 2017.  This includes satisfying Scottish Ministers that they are meeting, and continue to meet, performance measures.

Verifiers will be subject to regular monitoring and periodic inspection by Scottish Government.   Any extension to the one or three year appointment periods will be subject to the local authority demonstrating improvements in their performance.


The Verifiers Role

The principal role of the verifier is to grant building warrants once they are satisfied that the design will satisfy the expanded functional standards introduced by the Act.

  • Verifiers should be impartial and their working practices transparent;
  • Verifiers should be competent and consistent in their activity;
  • Verifiers must be accountable for their actions.


Appointment of Verifiers from 1 May 2017

Strong Performance (6 year appointment) 1 May 2017 to 30 April 2023
These authorities have performed well and have shown strong turnaround times and customer satisfaction.
Aberdeenshire East Renfrewshire North Lanarkshire
Angus Falkirk Orkney
Argyll & Bute Fife Perth and Kinross
Comhiarle nan Eilean Siar Inverclyde South Lanarkshire
Dundee City Midlothian West Lothian
East Ayrshire North Ayrshire  

 

Good Performance (3 year appointment) 1 May 2017 to 30 April 2020
These authorities have performed well but have shown weakness in one or more aspects.
Aberdeen City East Lothian Scottish Borders
Clackmannanshire Highland Shetland
Dumfries and Galloway Moray South Ayrshire
East Dunbartonshire Renfrewshire West Dunbartonshire

 

Poor Performance (1 year appointment) 1 May 2017 to 30 April 2018.
These authorities have not performed well and have shown excessive turnaround times and lower customer engagement.
City of Edinburgh Glasgow City Stirling


Operating Framework for Verifiers

Verifiers are expected to meet the verification Operating Framework 2017 which clarifies how the verification and supporting functions may be achieved.  The documented operating processes of each verifier must address the following functions –

  • Integrity and operational resilience
  • Administration of building warrant applications and completion certificate submissions
  • Maintain records to facilitate effective business operation and periodic audit by the Scottish Government


Performance Framework for Verifiers

Verifiers are expected to operate under the verification Performance Framework 2017 which covers three perspectives – Professional Expertise and Technical Processes;
Quality Customer Experience; and Operational and Financial Efficiency.  There are three cross-cutting themes of Public Interest, Continuous Improvement and Partnership Working.  The framework is supported by a range of key performance outcomes and targets. 

The performance framework is intended to improve the quality of the verification service delivery, improve compliance with building regulations and ensure consistency and predictability of verification activities.