Work which requires 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.

It's an offence to commence work which requires building warrant approval without first obtaining the relevant permission.

Apply for a building warrant

The Scottish Government's technical handbooks provide more detail.

Check with us

Always check if you need to apply for a building warrant or satisfy building regulations before starting any work.

You can ask us for advice before submitting an application or starting work:

We can provide written confirmation (often called a letter or comfort) that the work you intend to carry out is exempt from the building regulations or doesn't require a warrant. It costs £175 for a letter confimring an exemption and we'll need some detailed information about the work, contact us to discuss your request.

Page last updated: 02/09/2021
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