Building warrant fees and discounts

When you apply for a building warrant you need to cover the costs of dealing with your warrant. The fee is based on the estimated value of the works to be carried out and can be checked against the Aberdeenshire cost index (pdf 224KB)

Discounts and exemptions

A discount can be applied if you use a building professional approved by a recognised certification scheme. The discount depends on the type of certification. If your building work is for a disabled person, you may not have to pay any fee. Find out about the exemption for disabled persons.

Table of fees 

To calculate the fee for your building warrant application, you need an accurate estimate of the total cost of the work. The fee depends on the type of application you are making: 

There are additional charges (pdf 21.2KB) for copying documentation, carrying out research or letters of comfort.

Building warrant where work has not started

The table lists full warrant fees and discounts when using certificate schemes (certificates of design or certificates of construction). For any certificates covering only part of these sections or schemes contact us for advice.

Value of building work      Warrant fee   Certificate discounts
Certificate of design
Building structures
Certificate of design
Energy
Certificate of construction
Electrical installations
Certificate of construction
Drainage, heating and plumbing
£0 - £5,000 £150 £30 £30  £15  £15 
£5,001 - £5,500 £169 £40 £40 £15 £15
£5,501 - £6,000 £188 £40 £40 £15 £15
£6,001 - £6,500 £207 £40 £40 £15 £15
£6,501 - £7,000 £226 £40 £40 £15 £15
£7,001 - £7,500 £245 £40 £40 £15 £15
£7,501 - £8,000 £264 £40 £40 £15 £15
£8,001 - £8,500 £283 £40 £40 £15 £15
£8,501 - £9,000 £302 £40 £40 £15 £15
£9,001 - £9,500 £321 £40 £40 £15 £15
£9,501 - £10,000 £340 £40 £40 £15 £15
£10,001 - £11,000 £359 £50 £50 £20 £20
£11,001 - £12,000 £378 £50 £50 £20 £20
£12,001 - £13,000 £397 £50 £50 £20 £20
£13,001 - £14,000 £416 £50 £50 £20 £20
£14,001 - £15,000 £435 £50 £50 £20 £20
£15,001 - £16,000 £454 £60 £60 £25 £25
£16,001 - £17,000 £473 £60 £60 £25 £25
£17,001 - £18,000 £492 £60 £60 £25 £25
£18,001 - £19,000 £511 £60 £60 £25 £25
£19,001 - £20,000 £530 £60 £60 £25 £25
£20,001 - £30,000 £593 £80  £80  £30  £30 
£30,001 - £40,000 £656 £80  £80  £30  £30 
£40,001 - £50,000 £719 £80 £80 £30 £30
£50,001 - £60,000 £782 £100 £100  £35  £35 
£60,001 - £70,000 £845 £100  £100  £35  £35 
£70,001 - £80,000 £908 £100  £100  £35  £35 
£80,001 - £90,000 £971 £100  £100  £35  £35 
£90,001 - £100,000 £1,034 £100  £100  £35  £35 
£100,001 - £120,000 £1,137 £113.70  £113.70  £34.11  £34.11 
£120,001 - £140,000 £1,240 £124.00 £124.00  £37.20  £37.20 
£140,001 - £160,000 £1,343 £134.30  £134.30  £40.29  £40.29 
£160,001 - £180,000 £1,446 £144.60  £144.60  £43.38  £43.38 
£180,001 - £200,000 £1,549 £154.90  £154.90  £46.47 £46.47
£200,001 - £220,000 £1,652 £165.20 £165.20  £49.56 £49.56
£220,001 - £240,000 £1,755 £175.50 £175.50 £52.65  £52.65
£240,001 - £260,000 £1,858 £185.80  £185.80 £55.74 £55.74
£260,001 - £280,000 £1,961 £196.10 £196.10 £58.83 £58.83
£280,001 - £300,000 £2,064 £206.40 £206.40 £61.92 £61.92
£300,001 - £320,000 £2,167 £216.70 £216.70 £65.01 £65.01
£320,001 - £340,000 £2,270 £227.00 £227.00 £68.10 £68.10
£340,001 - £360,000 £2,373 £237.30 £237.30 £71.19 £71.19
£360,001 - £380,000 £2,476 £247.60 £247.60 £74.28 £74.28
£380,001 - £400,000 £2,579 £257.90 £257.90 £77.37 £77.37
£400,001 - £420,000 £2,682 £268.20 £268.20 £80.46 £80.46
£420,001 - £440,000 £2,785 £278.50 £278.50 £83.55 £83.55
£440,001 - £460,000 £2,888 £288.80 £288.80 £86.64 £86.64
£460,001 - £480,000 £2,991 £299.10 £299.10 £89.73 £89.73
£480,001 - £500,000 £3,094 £309.40 £309.40 £92.82 £92.82
£500,001 - £550,000 £3,272 £327.20 £327.20 £98.16 £98.16
£550,001 - £600,000 £3,450 £345.00 £345.00 £103.50 £103.50
£600,001 - £650,000 £3,628 £362.80 £362.80 £108.84 £108.84
£650,001 - £700,000 £3,806 £380.60 £380.60 £114.18 £114.18
£700,001 - £750,000 £3,984 £398.40 £398.40 £119.52 £119.52
£750,001 - £800,000 £4,162 £416.20 £416.20 £124.86 £124.86
£800,001 - £850,000 £4,340 £434.00 £434.00 £130.20 £130.20
£850,001 - £900,000 £4,518 £451.80 £451.80 £135.54 £135.54
£900,001 - £950,000 £4,696 £469.60 £469.60 £140.88 £140.88
£950,001 - £1,000,000 £4,874 £487.40 £487.40 £146.22 £146.22
And for every
£100,000 or part
thereof, over £1 million
Add £253  10% of fee  10% of fee  3% of fee  3% of fee

Conversion or demolition of a building 

Building warrant application for conversion only
Application for building warrant for conversion only, that is without any building work £150
Building warrant application for demolition only
Application for demolition only, that is where there are no immediate plans for rebuilding £150

Amendment or extension of a building warrant 

Application for amendment to building warrant
Amendment where the new total estimated value is less than the original, or is an increase of no more than £5,000 £100
Amendment where the new total estimated value increases by more than £5,000 The amount for a building warrant of the same value as the increase
Application for an amendment to building warrant for demolition or conversion £100
Application to extend building warrant 
Application to extend the period of validity of a building warrant £100

Late application

If you make a late application for a building warrant, or submit a completion certificate without having previously obtained a building warrant, the fee is increased. The additional fee reflects the work we will have in establishing whether work that is already underway or completed complies with the plans, specifications and other information provided. We will need to inspect the work and may have to carry out disruptive surveys to establish what has been constructed.

Application for late building warrant where work is already started
Application for a building warrant for the construction of a building or the provision of services, fittings and equipment in connection with a building (whether or not combined with an application for demolition) 200% of the building warrant application fee
Application for building warrant for demolition only £200
Submission of a completion certificate where no building warrant was obtained
Completion certificate for the construction of a building or the provision of services, fittings or equipment (whether or not combined with an application for conversion or for Building Warrant for demolition) 300% of the building warrant application fee
Application for demolition only, or for conversion only £300

Exemption for disabled persons

The fee regulations state that no fee shall be payable where the purpose of the work to which the application relates is to alter or extend a dwelling to improve its suitability for use by a disabled occupant. The relief is not for disabled people in general. It relates specifically to works to provide facilities for disabled people as defined in the building standards. There definition is a person with a physical, hearing or sight impairment which affects their mobility or their use of buildings. 

The Equality Act 2010 replaced a range of anti-discrimination legislation, including the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) and continues to offer protection previously provided for disabled people by the DDA. The zero fee rating remains restricted to dwellings.

You can contact us if you are unsure if your proposed work meets the requirements for disabled occupants.

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