Scotland's building standards system is administered and enforced by local authorities. We create the building standards regulations that make up the system and oversee its implementation.
We protect the public interest by:
- monitoring and improving building regulations by publishing legislation, domestic and non-domestic technical handbooks and supporting guidance
- overseeing the building approval process including the certification handbook and the certification register
- implementing European requirements for building standards
- monitoring the performance of verifiers
- improving the building stock
We created the building and fire safety working group following the Grenfell Tower fire. This will review building and fire safety regulatory frameworks to help ensure that people are safe in Scotland's buildings.
We have created the Customer Journey which explains the building standards system to anyone making home improvements or starting building work. It sets out the role of the building warrant and the completion certificate.
We have provided the eBuildingStandards.scot web portal for online submission of applications and other related forms to local authorities.
- Domestic technical handbook 2017
- Non-domestic technical handbook 2017
- list of Building Standards guidance
- Building Standards model forms
- Certification register
- Certification handbook
- Sustainability label generator
- eBuildingStandards.scot web portal
The Building (Scotland) Act 2003 came into force in 2005. The Act focuses on the health and safety of buildings, the conservation of fuel and power within buildings and sustainable development.
Bills and legislation
The Building (Scotland) Act 2003 is the primary legislation under which Scotland's building standards system operates.
One of its functions is to give ministers power to make secondary legislation to support the Act. You can find this on the UK legislation website.
We ensure Scotland's building standards comply with EU legislation. These include the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), Article 8 of the Broadband Cost Reduction Directive (BCRD) and the Construction Products Regulation.
We create legislation for dangerous and defective buildings, and for the energy performance of non-domestic buildings to improve the existing building stock, under section 63 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.
We have provided a list of Scottish building standards legislation.
Telephone: 0300 244 4000
Building Standards Division
Almondvale Business Park