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Building Standards

Find out how to apply for building warrants, letters of comfort and other information about building standards. Please note a new building warrant fee scale was introduced on 1st July 2017.

  • Do I need a building warrant?

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

  • Guide to estimating the value of building work

    The following table of fees is based on the Building Cost Information Service review of building prices.

  • Applying for a building warrant

    If you are proposing to construct, extend, alter, demolish or convert a building, a building warrant is required. Please note a new scale of fees will be introduced on 1st July 2017.

  • What happens to an application?

    This page should give an insight into how a building warrant application is determined.

  • Building Standards Register

    The Building Standards Register allows you to view information relating to building warrant applications, completion certificates and all formal enforcement action taken under the Building (Scotland) Act 2003.

  • Completion Certificate submission

    A completion certificate is needed to confirm that work has been carried out in accordance with the building warrant and complies with the building regulations.

  • Copy documents

    We can provide replacement documentation relating to building warrants.

  • Making an appointment with Building Standards

    Appointments are required to see Building Standards Surveyors and appointments can only be made to discuss a registered building warrant application. On this page you will find details on how to make an appointment. If you are looking for general information on building standards then please check these web pages or contact a professional architect or similar professional.

  • Customer Charter & Information

    This page will signpost you to building warrant information and tell you where you can go to get information and help with building warrant applications.

  • Letters of Comfort

    We can inspect work carried out without a building warrant and, if satisfactory, issue a letter to confirm that no enforcement action will be taken in terms of unauthorised building works or against any outstanding building warrant (a building warrant where the certificate of completion has not been issued). We can also confirm for certain works that a building warrant was not required.

  • Dangerous Structures

    Building Standards has a responsibility to deal with dangerous buildings as they occur.

  • Raised Structures

    The Building Standards section is responsible for inspecting raised structures and issuing consent to use such structures under section 89 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982.

  • Building Standards Forms

    An online service for building standards applications can be found by following the eBuildingStandards.Scot link. You are required to register once as a user to use both the ePlanning and eBuildingStandards portal.

  • Building standards performance

    Building standards performance figures will be updated on a quarterly basis

  • What we do

    This page gives an indication of the services West Lothian Council building standards provide

  • Information to homeowners regarding BBC Watchdog programme

    West Lothian Council are aware of the public concern following the issues raised in the BBC Watchdog programme on new build housing on 01 May 2019.