Building work can start once your building warrant has been approved. If you start without a building warrant, you are committing an offence. You must follow the key stages set out in your Construction Compliance Notification Plan (CCNP):
- About CCNP
- Inspections of building work
- Arranging site inspections
- Dealing with inspection faults
- Design changes and assessment
- Extending validity of a building warrant
Your CCNP indicate when you should notify us that the site is ready for an inspection during each stage. Failure to do so, may result in investigative inspections at the completion inspection. This is to demonstrate compliance with the building regulations.
We encourage you to take regular photos throughout the build project to provide supplementary evidence.
The Building (Scotland) Act 2003 requires us to undertake inspections. This is to check that the work is done in accordance with the approved plans and specification and complies with the minimum standards required by the building regulations.
It is important that you understand that:
- we are not responsible for checking the quality of work or supervising the builders
- supervision of the work is your responsibility, or of the suitably qualified person or group you appoint to oversee the work
- you should always use the approved plans and specification to check that the work is progressing correctly
If you feel that standards of work do not meet your requirements or you are unable to manage site supervision, you should seek the help of a building professional.
The number and type of inspections we need to do depend on the type of work you are undertaking and the associated risk. This will be detailed in your CCNP.
During your project, we will need to inspect key construction stages of the work. It is your responsibility to notify us that the work is ready for inspection at the key stages detailed in your CCNP. Please contact your case surveyor by email or phone when your project is ready for inspection.
If the work is delayed, or you cannot attend an arranged inspection, please contact the case surveyor as soon as you can. The surveyor's contact details are on all correspondence that we issue.
At the inspection stage we may find that work has been done outwith the approved plans and specification. If this is the case, we will tell you or your builder what the outstanding faults or issues are at the end of the inspection.
We will also send you or your agent a letter detailing the faults or issues and indicate the measures required by the building regulations to rectify the situation, if appropriate.
Once you receive this letter you should arrange for the faults or issues to be rectified. When the remedial work is complete, please contact us to arrange another inspection.
If you require to change the design during the build project you need to discuss with your surveyor or your inspector onsite immediately. If the design change is considered small then only revised plans will need to be submitted and it will be regarded as a minor deviation. If the design changes are more substantial then you will be required to submit an amendment to warrant.
You can submit your amendment request online via the ebuilding standards portal or in paper by completing Form B - Application for amendment to a building warrant and sending it to our correspondence address.
A building warrant is valid for 3 years, starting from the day it is granted. You must either finish the work within this period, or apply for an extension of validity of your building warrant. This must be done before your building warrant expires. However, in some cases, we may accept late applications.
If we extend the validity of your building warrant, the first extension will be for 9 months. A further 2 extensions can be granted for 15 months followed by 12 months. After this period you will need to discuss with the building standards team to progress.
You can apply for an extension online via the ebuilding standards portal or in paper by completing Form C - Application to extend period of validity of a building warrant and sending it to our correspondence address.