We monitor the performance of the organisations responsible for administering the building standards system.
Local authority building standards verifiers
Local authority verifiers:
- implement the regulations set out by the Building (Scotland) Act 2003 when building work or a conversion takes place, and
- grant building warrants when they are satisfied the work meets requirements.
Local authorities administer the building standards system and are responsible for granting permission for:
- work to be done (building warrant) and
- for a completed building to be occupied (completion certificate).
We publish guidance explaining why these are necessary, and the process involved in obtaining them.
Scottish Ministers have reappointed all 32 local authorities as building standards verifiers from May 2017.
We monitor their activities regularly using the verification performance framework. The framework is based around three topics:
- professional expertise and technical processes
- quality customer experience
- operational and financial efficiency
During the period of appointment, we expect all local council verifiers to meet the local authority verifiers' operating framework and use the performance framework to continually improve their services.
We published revised guidance on verification during construction for non-domestic and domestic buildings.
Recent letters to local authority verifiers are listed below. Other letters to local authority verifiers can be found in our website archive.
|COVID-19 Specific Information|
|Legislation||Date issued||Date in force|
|Certification Schemes under Section 7(2) of The Building (Scotland) Act 2003||Special measures to enable the acceptance of unsigned certificates of design as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak||31 March 2020||31 March 2020|
|Building (Scotland) Act 2003
The Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004
|Regulation 3, Schedule 1: Special measures to enable the erection of temporary care assistance buildings as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak||23 March 2020||23 March 2020|
|The Building (Scotland) Act 2003||Special measures to enable the occupation of new buildings as a result of the COVID19 outbreak – guidance on building standards compliance and enforcement||20 March 2020||20 March 2020|
|Date issued||Date in force|
|Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004||Guidance on Standard 3.14 - Carbon Dioxide Monitors Meeting Guidance||11 January 2018|
Building (Scotland) Act 2003
|Functions of Ministers, local authorities, verifiers and certifier|
|Sections 4(2) and 4(4): notice relating to guidance documents||12 July 2019||1 October 2019|
|Part 5 - General, Fire Door Testing: Guidance on existing fire doors||N/A||N/A|
|Part 5 - General, Fire Door Testing: Update on the sample testing of fire doors||18 September 2018||N/A|
|Part 5 - General, Fire Door Testing: Information on the sample testing of fire doors||6 August 2018||N/A|
|Section 34 - Reports and information|
|Notification of Application for Building Warrant - Section 2 Fire||27 Aug 2018
(this letter supercedes
original letter of
22 May 2017)
|22 May 2017|
Auditing building certifiers
We have been appointed by ministers to audit the certification schemes and providers. We use Part VII of the Building (Procedures) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 and the certification handbook to make sure scheme providers meet the required standards of service. We publish building certifiers audit reports after every investigation.
Auditing Energy Performance Certified organisations
Approved providers of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are subject to our auditing process and must abide by our EPC-approved organisations' operational framework. We carry out these investigations at least once every three years. Organisations have to share information about the scheme and its aims with the public.