A Building Warrant is the legal permission needed to commence building works. Full details can be found at the attached Scottish Government's customer journey document, and a list of the more commonly asked questions are listed below as a guide. Once granted, a building warrant is valid for 3 years but extensions to this period may be approved in certain circumstances.
A building warrant is required for the erection of a property, or for any alterations (including certain internal alterations), extensions or a change of use to an existing building. A warrant is also required for the demolition of a property. However, there are certain works that do not require building warrant approval but, if undertaken, must comply with the building regulations. In these cases, the onus is on the property owner to ensure compliance. If you wish written confirmation from the Council that works do comply, please refer to our non statutory services page (Confirmation of Exemption and/or Compliance section)
Before completing an application, please ensure that a building warrant is required as there are now a host of building works which no longer require building warrant approval but must comply with the building regulations. If confirmation is required for these types of work, the Council provides a separate non statutory service.
If you are unsure whether your works require a building warrant, please contact the Building Standards Team.
You must still apply for a building warrant
You will still need to apply for a building warrant and you will also need permission from our Housing Department
No. If a building warrant is required, then it is an offence to start work without one. If you do start work, then this may result in legal action and a fine up to £5000. If works have started without a building warrant then you would need to apply for either a retrospective warrant or a late completion certificate. Both have cost implications and may require intrusive inspections.
Yes. However, if you are not familiar with the building regulations, you are advised to employ a qualified person, such as an architect, to apply on your behalf. This may speed up your application.
The fees are set by the Government and are on a sliding scale based on the estimated value of the proposed works. See the fee scales (109kb PDF) for the full range of fees, discounts and surcharges. If the works are being carried out to provide facilities for a disabled person, then a fee may not be required. The Building Standards team can advise further.
We aim to respond to 80% of all applications within 20 working days., However, there are various factors which can have an impact on this and these include:
Building warrant applications can be created and submitted through the eBuilding Standards portal. You will have to create a new account but once this is set up it allows you to submit any further or revised information that we may request and will allow you to submit any future building warrant or planning applications in the future.
This website is a simple, easy to use site and contains all the information you need to submit your application. To help you with your application, or to submit drawings etc, the online process uses an easy step by step question matrix which is tailored by the answers you give. It also provides the following benefits:
You can, however, still send in a paper application if you so wish. You can download an application from at our Forms and Guidance page which contains all the relevant information you need.
If the work was undertaken between 1 Apr 1991 and 30 Apr 2005 then you will not be able to apply for a building warrant but must apply for a Letter of Comfort instead. Full details can be found on the link.
If work started after 1 May 2005 then an application for retrospective permission can be applied for. A late application fee will apply (see fee scales above) and we may request parts of the construction work be exposed for inspection before a warrant is granted. Additionally, changes may be required to any construction work undertaken to ensure compliance with the correct standards.
If work started and was completed after 1 May 2005, then an application for a late completion certificate will be required. The same criteria for retrospective permission above will apply.
Your building warrant approval package will contain a notification plan which states when you must contact the Council i.e. start of works, for certain inspections etc. It also contains an application for a completion certificate. This form must be completed and returned, together with an electrical certificate where applicable, and we will arrange for an officer to visit to inspect the work. If the works are in accordance with the approved drawings, then a completion certificate will be issued. If the works differ from what has been approved, then the completion certificate will be refused and we will provide you with the reasons for rejection.
If you require any further information or help regarding an on-line submission, please contact our Business Support team direct by phoning 01259 452 540 or 452 561.
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 450000