Monitoring performance

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.

Contact your local authority building standards department.

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

Letters of guidance
Date Issued

Date in Force Expiry Date 

 

Erection of temporary care assistance buildings

11 December 2020 11 December 2020 N/A

23 March 2020

(superseded 11 Dec 2020)
23 March 2020 N/A

 

Temporary buildings – hospitality

16 October 2020

16 October 2020

31 March 2021

13 July 2020

13 July 2020 30 September 2020

 

Duration of building warrant

(extending the validity and determination of application) (refusal and deemed refusal)

6 August 2020 (an addendum to guidance)

6 August 2020

31 October 2020

7 April 2020 7 April 2020

N/A

 

Adaptations requiring building work to existing buildings – including guidance and FAQ

30 June 2020 30 June 2020 N/A

 

Construction industry restart

15 June 2020 15 June 2020 N/A

 

Remote Verification on building warrant work

11 May 2020 11 May 2020 N/A

 

Certification

The role of certification

16 June 2020

N/A

Unsigned certificates of design – Structural Engineers Registration Ltd

6 April 2020

N/A

Unsigned certificates of design – Building Research Establishment

31 March 2020 N/A

 

Occupation of new building

20 March 2020 20 March 2020

N/A

 

General letters

Legislation

Standard

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 2 December 2020 1 March 2021
  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.