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Fees Payable

A Building Warrant fee must be paid when the application is submitted.

The fee for a particular application is based on the estimated value of the works to be carried out. The estimated value of works may be based either on builders' estimates/quotations or on cost figures published by recognised bodies such as the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). No reductions are allowed for DIY elements of the work.

Use the Fee Calculator on the Scottish Association of Building Standards Managers website to calculate the fee required for your application, or use the Fee Table below.

The fee may be subject to an additional late fee, discount, refund or even be exempt depending on the circumstances.

1. Application for Building Warrant
Value of Works (£) Warrant Fee (£) Value of Works Warrant Fee (£)
0 - 5,000 100 5,001 - 5,500 115
5,501 - 6,000 130 6,001 - 6,500 145
6,501 - 7,000 160 7,001 - 7,500 175
7,501 - 8,000 190 8,001 - 8,500 205
8,501 - 9,000 220 9,001 - 9,500 235
9,501 - 10,000 250 10,001 - 11,000 265
11,001 - 12,000 280 12,001 - 13,000 295
13,001 - 14,000 310 14,001 - 15,000 325
15,001 - 16,000 340 16,001 - 17,000 355
17,001 - 18,000 370 18,001 - 19,000 385
19,001 - 20,000 400 20,001 - 30,000 460
30,001 - 40,000 520 40,001 - 50,000 580
50,001 - 60,000 640 60,001 - 70,000 700
70,001 - 80,000 760 80,001 - 90,000 820
90,001 - 100,000 880 100,001 - 120,000 980
120,001 - 140,000 1080 140,001 - 160,000 1180
160,001 - 180,000 1280 180,001 - 200,000 1380
200,001 - 220,000 1480 220,001 - 240,000 1580
240,001 - 260,000 1680 260,001 - 280,000 1780
280,001 - 300,000 1880 300,001 - 320,000 1980
320,001 - 340,000 2080 340,001 - 360,000 2180
360,001 - 380,000 2280 380,001 - 400,000 2380
400,001 - 420,000 2480 420,001 - 440,000 2580
440,001 - 460,000 2680 460,001 - 480,000 2780
480,001 -500,000 2880 500,001 - 550,000 3055
550,001 - 600,000 3230 600,001 - 650,000 3405
650,001 - 700,000 3580 700,001 - 750,000 3755
750,001 - 800,000 3930 800,001 - 850,000 4105
850,001 - 900,000 4280 900,001 - 950,000 4455
950,001 - 1,000,000 4630 And for every
100,000 or part
thereof
Add 250
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2. Application for Building Warrant for conversion only, that is without any building work. £100
3. Application for demolition only, that is where there are no immediate plans for rebuilding. £100
4. Application for amendment of Building Warrant: £50
a) where the new total estimated value is less than the original, or is an increase of no more than £5,000.
b) where the new total estimated value increases by more than £5,000. The amount for a Building Warrant of the same value. That is, if the increase is £20,000, the fee will be £400.
5. Application for an amendment to Building Warrant for demolition or conversion. £50
6. Application to extend the period of validity of a Building Warrant. £50
7. Where a late application for Building Warrant is made, or a Completion Certificate is submitted and there was no Building Warrant obtained when there should have been, the fee is increased by 25%. The additional fee covers the increased difficulty a Council will have in establishing whether work that is already underway or completed complies with the plans, specifications and other information provided. A Council will require to inspect the work and disruptive surveys may be needed to establish what has been constructed. The resulting fees are detailed in the table above and as follows:
7.1 Application for late Building Warrant, i.e. where work is already started:
a) 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). 125% of the fee in table of fees above.
b) application for Building Warrant for demolition only. £125
7.2 Submission of a Completion Certificate where no Building Warrant was obtained for:
a) 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). The same as for a late application of the same value of works, that is 125% of the fee in table of fees above.
b) application for demolition only, or for conversion only. £125
8. Discounts
A warrant fee is discounted when one or more certificates from approved certifiers of design are presented with a warrant application - 10% for each certificate that covers the whole of any section of the functional standards, and/or 1% for each Certificate covering a single item in any such section, up to a maximum of 5% for any one section; all subject to a maximum discount of 60% of the warrant fee.

Note that the above discounts apply where a late application for warrant is made or a late completion certificate submitted, with the discount applied to the whole fee. Discounts also apply to an application for amendment to warrant but only where the increase in the estimated value of works exceeds £5,000. This may be for a different design scheme or, in the case of staged warrants, may involve a new certificate. The discount is on the amendment fee (which will take into account any increased value of work) and not the original fee.
9. Refunds
A warrant fee is also discounted where it is stated at warrant application stage that one or more certificates from an approved certifier of construction are to be presented with a completion certificate - 1% for each certificate covering an approved scheme, or 20% for a single certificate covering the construction of the entire building all subject to a maximum refund of 20%. Except when accompanying a late completion certificate, a discount is only applicable where a verifier has been informed of the intention to use the approved certifier of construction at warrant application stage, including late warrant applications.
10. Fee 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, therefore, is not for disabled people in general, it relates specifically to works to provide facilities for disabled people as defined in the building standards. This definition is a person with a physical, hearing or sight impairment which affects their mobility or their use of buildings.
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