Do I need a building warrant?

This page should allow you to determine if you require a building warrant for your proposed works

The Scottish Government technical guidance for both Domestic and Non-Domestic properties is complex and it is suggested that you obtain the services of a construction professional such as surveyor /architect or similar to assist in determining whether or not a building warrant is required.

The technical guidance can be found at the Building Standards Division website.

On this page find general information on works that:

  • will require a building warrant and
  • any work that can be undertaken to a house without needing a building warrant.  (Please note this does not apply if you live in a flat, maisonette or a house over two storey's in height).

If a building warrant is not required for your proposals West Lothian Council, as verifier will not inspect the works.

It is not the responsibility of Building Standards (West Lothian Council) to determine whether a building warrant is required. This determination should be taken by the building owner and if required, in consultation with other building professionals.

Where no building warrant is required and if at a later date any written confirmation is required, you will have to obtain the services of a construction professional  such as  surveyor /architect or similar, who maybe able to provide this service.

From the 1st of April 2016 we can provide a service to confirm if proposed or completed works requires a warrant and where appropriate complies with the building regulationsLetter of comfort

Is a building warrant required?
What minor works would you require a building warrant for?
Definitions
Buildings detached from a house
Buildings attached to a house
Buildings detached from but within the curtilage of a flat or maisonette
Internal alterations to houses
Installing Solar or Photovoltaic Panels
Other general exemptions
Internal alterations to flats and maisonettes