Changes to procedural and technical guidance on compliance and fire safety

The new 2019 technical handbooks have been published. The handbooks apply to a building warrant submitted on or after 1 October 2019 and to building work which does not require a warrant commenced from that date.

A new version of the Building Standards Procedural Handbook has also been published.  The Procedural Handbook provides clarification on the procedures underpinning the Scottish building standards system as set out in the Building (Procedures) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 and the Building (Scotland) Act 2003 to assist with practical operation.

We also held two dissemination events, in Hamilton and Inverness, to outline the Technical and Procedural changes.  The presentation can be viewed or downloaded for local dissemination and sharing.

We create the building standards regulations and technical guidance, to ensure buildings are safe, efficient and sustainable.

Local authorities are responsible for granting permission for work to be done (building warrant) and for a completed building to be occupied (completion certificate).

If you are looking for advice on a specific building project, please contact your local authority, who administer and enforce the Scottish building standards system.

We have created the Customer Journey which explains the building standards system to anyone making home improvements or starting building work.

Online submission of applications and other related forms to local authorities can be made on the eBuildingStandards.Scot website.


We protect the public interest by:

Important documents and related websites:


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. 


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Scottish Government
Building Standards Division
Almondvale Business Park
Denholm House
West Lothian
EH54 6GA