June 2023 Technical Handbooks, introducing new provisions for electric vehicle charging are now published on the Building regulations page. February 2023 Handbooks are also republished, with minor updates.
The updated Scottish Advice Note: Determining the fire risk posed by external wall systems in existing multi-storey residential buildings (December 2022) is now available.
We create the building standards regulations and technical guidance, to ensure buildings are safe, efficient and sustainable.
Consult with your local authority
Local authorities are currently appointed as verifiers by Scottish Ministers for a set period. Local authority verifiers 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 relating to a specific building warrant or building project, please contact your local authority, who administer and enforce the Scottish building standards system.
Guidance on building work
We have created the Customer Journey which explains the building standards system to anyone making home improvements or starting building work. There is guidance on what makes a good quality application. Further information on the building standards system can be found on the the mygov.scot portal.
The regulations, standards and supporting guidance in our Technical Handbooks apply based upon the date on which a building warrant application is submitted or when work not requiring a building warrant is commenced. Current, pending and previous editions of the Technical Handbooks can be accessed in our collection of building standards guidance.
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.
eBuildingStandards is a free service that is managed by the Scottish Government in partnership with all Scottish local authorities. The portal allows you to complete and submit building warrant applications, completion certificates and other related forms associated with the end to end process of the building standards system.
Improving the building standards service
The Building Standards Futures Board, set up at the beginning of 2019, will strategically advise and direct a broad programme of work aimed at improving the performance, expertise, resilience and sustainability of the Scottish building standards framework and services across Scotland.
Follow the Building Standards blog and twitter to stay informed on our work.
- 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
- trialling a single building assessment before rolling it out across Scotland
- implementing European requirements for building standards
- monitoring the performance of verifiers
- improving the building stock
- defining our workforce strategy
Important documents and related websites:
- building standards customer journey
- making a quality building warrant application: what you need to know
- technical handbooks and technical guidance
- building standards verification service workforce strategy
- procedural handbook 3rd edition version 1.6
- building standards model forms
- enforcement handbook, first edition
- certification register
- certification handbook
- scottish energy performance certificate (EPC) register
- sustainability label generator
- ebuilding standards web portal
- list of scottish building standards legislation
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 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