Building approval

The building standards system sets out various roles and responsibilities.

We set the standards and requirements which verifiers, approved certifiers, local authorities and building owners must adhere to. We also produce guidance to explain the building standards system.

Procedures for building standards

The Building (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 set out the processes for submitting and dealing with building warrant applications.  We also published a revised version (third edition) of the Building Standards Procedural Handbook, which explains how the processes work and apply.

Our Customer Journey explains the building standards system to anyone making home improvements or starting building work.

Certifying building work

We have produced a certification handbook to explain how the process works. We also maintain a register of approved building professionals (approved bodies). This is the only authoritative list of approved bodies.

The certification system is an optional procedure that allows building work to be certified by qualified building professionals as complying with regulations, without the need for inspections by the local authority. Certification covers design or construction and only applies where the work requires a building warrant.

We are currently undertaking a review of certification and the application process for scheme providers.  We will update this website in due course.  Should you have any queries, in the meantime, please contact

eBuilding Standards

We provide the web portal for online submission of applications for building warrants, completion certificates and other related forms to local authorities.