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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:

Deciding who will make your application

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: 

  • Architects
  • Architectural technicians
  • Building engineers
  • Surveyors
  • 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.  

What you need to provide

Whether your application is made online or in paper format we need you to provide:

Application fees

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.

You can pay in different ways:

  • online at the time of your submission via the national eBuilding Standards portal
  • online using our payment form
  • by telephone with a debit or credit card

How to apply 

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.

Submit a building warrant application online

Alternatively, you can download the application form and email the completed form to our correspondence address.

View the building warrant privacy notice (pdf 323KB).

Remember that the work detailed in your building warrant application must be shown to comply with the Scottish Building Regulations.