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Planning and Building Standards

During building: Site inspections, Notifications and Completions

Details of the required inspections for all building works granted a Building Warrant.

Construction Compliance Notification Plans & Verification During Construction

Applies to Building Warrant applications submitted on or after 1 October 2012.

The new Building Standards Verifiers Performance Framework Agreement with Scottish Government requires that all Building Warrant applications submitted on or after 1 October 2012 will be subject to the Verification During Construction scheme.

Once approved, all Building Warrant applications submitted on or after 1 October 2012 will be issued with an individual Construction Compliance Notification Plan (CCNP) (along with the Building Warrant, Commencement of Works Notice and the approved plans). The Construction Compliance Notification Plan is based on a risk assessment of the proposed works taking into account their size and complexity.

The Construction Compliance Notification Plan details the required notification / inspection / compliance protocols that should be followed for informing the Building Standards Service on the progress of the project. They are categorised as Mandatory (M) or as Notification (N).

It is the responsibility of the owner, the agent (i.e. an architect or project supervisor employed by the owner) and contractor to ensure that the CCNP is followed. It is advisable that individuals gaining Building Warrant approvals should make the other parties aware of this requirement.

The Building Standards Service will respond to requests for inspections and notifications in line with the Key Construction Stages listed on the CCNP. Please note that alternative evidence may be accepted as proof of compliance and this should be agreed with the case Surveyor prior to the commencement of any building works. Such alternatives may be date stamped photographs, video diaries etc.

Failure to meet the criteria set out in the CCNP may result in a Completion Certificate being refused.


Completion Certificates

The person responsible for carrying out building works under a Building Warrant must apply for a Completion Certificate. A Completion Certificate is needed to confirm that a building has been constructed, altered or converted in accordance with the warrant and the Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004 and is an important document that you will require when you sell your property.

It is an offence to submit a false completion certificate or to occupy a building without a completion certificate.

A completion certificate should be submitted within 3 years from the date of the Building Warrant approval.


Apply for a Completion Certificate - online

You have to register with ebuilding standards Scotland to apply for a Completion Certificate or a Completion Certificate where no building warrant has been obtained.

eBuilding Standards Scotland: Online Applications

This is simple, quick to use and contains all the information you need to submit your application.

Building work without a Building Warrant

In certain circumstances it is possible to request a completion certificate where no building warrant was obtained:

eBuilding Standards Scotland: Online Applications

Expired Building Warrants

If your building warrant has expired please contact the Building Standards Service for more information. You may be eligible for a Letter of Comfort:

You may wish to note that if a property is unoccupied whilst undergoing major repair work or structural alterations, then you may be entitled to a Council Tax exemption. For more information and contact details for the Council Tax team please see the Council tax discounts and exemptions page.


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