Apply for a building warrant
A building warrant is the legal permission to start building work. This permission to make sure that the development meets building regulations. It covers structural stability, fitness of materials, damp proofing, sound insulation, conservation of fuel and power, drainage, ventilation, health and safety aspects, energy efficiency, emergency escape routes, ease of access and facilities for the disabled.
Building warrant and planning permission are two entirely different authorisations. In most cases, you need both to carry out work legally.
There are some things that you need to know before applying for your warrant:
- Check if you need a building warrant
- Deciding who will make your application
- What you need to provide
- Application fees
- How to apply
If a building warrant is required, you will need to decide who will make the application. This can be yourself or an agent acting on your behalf.
If you are unfamiliar with the building regulations, we strongly recommend you hire a suitably qualified building professional as your agent such as:
- Architectural technicians
- Building engineers
- Building companies
- Conservatory and windows or doors companies
They will be able to draw accurate plans to scale. It is also often quicker and more cost effective.
Depending on your proposed work, you may also require the services of a structural engineer, or other building professionals.
You should consider using an approved certifier of design for structural and energy designs. These are Scottish Government approved people who can self-certify that their design work meets the building regulations. This entitles you to a discount on your application fee.
Whether your application is made online or in paper format we need you to provide:
- drawings of the proposed design and construction
- certification – if you are using certifiers of design or construction
The fee required for each building warrant application or amendment is set nationally by the Scottish Government. It is calculated on a sliding scale depending on the estimated cost of the work.
We cannot process your application until you have paid the correct fee.
There are a number of ways to pay for building warrant applications and other services:
- online as part of an online submission
- by telephone with a debit or credit card
- by post, by sending a cheque (payable to Aberdeenshire Council) with your application to our correspondence address
If you need a building warrant for simple domestic work with an estimated cost of less than £10,000 we can arrange a fast assessment of your proposal.
You can apply for building warrant online using the national portal from the eDevelopment website. Appropriate forms and guidance are also available through the portal.
Remember that the work detailed in your building warrant application must be shown to comply with the Scottish Building Regulations.