Are building regulations different in Scotland?

Are building regulations different in Scotland?

Building construction regulations are not the same in England and Scotland: what you need to know. Developers and contractors in England and Scotland need to be aware of the differences in two separate pieces of building regulation. In December, the Building (Amendment) Regulations 2018 came into force in England.

Do building regulations apply in Scotland?

If you want to start building work, you’ll usually need to make sure the work follows building regulations. Building regulations are rules made by the Scottish Ministers to make sure all building work you carry out is: safe.

Do British standards apply in Scotland?

Scotland has various regulations and guides relating to the design and installation of mechanical and electrical services. British Standards are the standards produced by BSI Group which is incorporated under a Royal Charter (and which is formally designated as the National Standards Body (NSB) for the UK).

What drawings are required for building warrant?


  • Location/Block plan. It is essential that a plan identifying the location of the site/building is submitted.
  • Site Plan. Include site levels, pathway gradients and identify the site boundary.
  • Foundation plan.
  • Floor plans.
  • Roof plan.
  • Elevations.
  • Building sections.
  • Detail sections and plans.

Do you need planning permission to move internal walls Scotland?

You should not need to apply for planning permission for internal alterations including building or removing an internal wall. If you live in a listed building, however, you will need listed building consent for any significant works whether internal or external.

Do you need a building warrant for a loft conversion in Scotland?

Generally speaking, loft conversions will always need a Building Warrant. These are Scottish Government approved scheme providers that can certify to your local council that the building work meets building standards.

Do British standards still exist?

The role of National Standards Body in 2021 and beyond International and European standards are adopted for the whole of the UK as British Standards, alongside a diminishing proportion of national-only standards that meet purely local needs.

What is BSI code?

The British Standards Institution (BSI) is a service organization that produces standards across a wide variety of industry sectors. Its codes of practice and specifications cover management and technical subjects ranging from business continuity management to quality requirements.

What requires a building warrant in Scotland?

A building warrant is generally required to erect, alter, extend, convert or demolish a building. If you carry out work that requires a building warrant without first obtaining a warrant, you are committing an offence.

How do I know if I need a building warrant?

You generally need a building warrant if you intend to build, alter, extend or demolish a building. Some types of work are exempt though. The following document provides some further detail of work that requires a building warrant and also work that may be exempt.

Do you need building regs to remove non load bearing wall?

Even if you’re removing a wall that isn’t load bearing, you may still need to make a Building Regulations (Building Control) application. In case of a fire, these walls may be necessary to protect residents as they exit the building; thus, removing or altering these structures could result in a fire-safety hazard.

What size of garage can I build without planning permission Scotland?

Do I Need Planning Permission for a Garage in Scotland? The garage should be at the rear of the dwelling (not forward of the front wall of the house). The height of the garage is not higher than 4 metres. Any part of the garage within 1 metre of the boundary cannot be higher than 2.5 metres.

Where can I get advice on building standards in Scotland?

If you are looking for advice on a specific building project, please contact your local authority, who administer and enforce the Scottish building standards system.

What is the role of local authorities’building standards?

Telephone numbers for local authorities’ building standards. Local authorities are currently appointed as verifiers by Scottish Ministers for a set period. Local authority verifiers are responsible for granting permission for work to be done (building warrant) and for a completed building to be occupied (completion certificate).

What is the building (Scotland) Act 2003?

Bills and legislation. The Building (Scotland) Act 2003 is the primary legislation under which Scotland’s building standards system operates. One of its functions is to give ministers power to make secondary legislation to support the Act.

Who is responsible for interpreting regulations in Scotland?

The Scottish Courts are responsible for interpreting regulations, but Scottish Ministers have the power to give a view on the extent to which a proposed building or construction complies with the regulations.