A building warrant is a legal permit which you need before you start building and alteration work. This includes altering, extending, converting and demolishing buildings or parts of buildings.
Your building warrant is valid for 3 years but can be extended beyond this using "Form C".
Once work has been completed
A completion certificate confirms that the work complies with the building warrant and the building regulations.
Do I need permission?
When you build something, as well as needing planning permission you are likely to require building regulation approval. The two permissions deal with different aspects of a proposed development and take into consideration different legislation.
A building warrant is the legal permission to start building work to convert or demolish a building. If you carry out work that requires a building warrant without first obtaining a warrant you are committing an offence.
However, some work does not require a building warrant. There are two categories of work where a building warrant is not required.
- In some circumstances you may not need to submit a building warrant application, although current building regulations still apply to the work you are doing. It is up to the relevant person, normally the building owner, to make sure that the work meet current building regulation requirements.
- Some work is exempt, so it does not require a building warrant and this work is also exempt from building regulations. i.e. the work does not need to meet a particular standard.
The Scottish Governments's Customer Journey document explains the roles and responsibilities of the home owner in relation to the building standards process. It also gives extra helpful guidance to those who intend to carry out building work and where to seek help.
You can download this by visiting the Scottish Government website.