Apply for a building warrant

A building warrant is the legal permission needed to start building works. 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.

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

A 1.5% charge is applied when using a credit card for payments made online or by telephone. 

How to apply 

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.

Submit a building warrant application online

Alternatively, you can submit the full application in paper format by completing Form A - Application for a building warrant and sending it to our correspondence address

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

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