Building regulations are in place to make sure that buildings are safe. We're responsible for checking that buildings in the region meet Scottish standards.
The Building Standards customer journey explains the building standards system to anyone making home improvements or starting building work.
Closure of Kirkbank and Ashwood House
The Planning and Building Standards offices (Kirkbank in Dumfries and Ashwood House in Stranraer) are now closed until further notice to visiting members of the public.
Please contact the team by telephone using 01387 260199, or via email only using email@example.com
Existing Building Warrant applications
Officers will be working from home and will continue to process all existing applications. You should continue to contact the relevant case officer as normal.
New Warrant applications
Due to the office closures, we regret we are unable to accept the following payment methods until further notice:
- Cheque Payments
- Telephone Payments
We will only be accepting new building warrants or amended drawings via the Scottish Government's eDevelopment portal.
There will be no duty officers available and we will only be able to respond to electronic queries submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The building standards system in Scotland is established by the Building (Scotland) Act 2003. The Act gives powers to Scottish Ministers to create building regulations and other supporting legislation to fulfil the purposes of the Act.
We administer and enforce building regulations by:
- providing advice on building regulations
- reviewing plans for proposed building work and issuing permission to start
- inspecting sites during building work
- checking completed work meets standards
- investigating reports of dangerous buildings and taking action to safeguard people
Before you start
You generally need a building warrant if you intend to build, alter, extend or demolish a building. Some types of work are exempt though. We can provide written confirmation that the work you intend to carry out is exempt from the building regulations or doesn't require a warrant if needed.
It's an offence to commence work which requires building warrant approval without first obtaining the relevant permission.
Warrants are usually valid for three years and you need to apply for an extension if you've started the works but not completed them in this time.
After the work is completed
You're required to submit a completion certificate to us for acceptance once you're satisfied that all work covered by a building warrant is complete and meets the relevant building regulations.
You need to apply for a certificate or inspection if you've carried out work without a valid building warrant (including when a warrant has expired). We can provide written confirmation that the work you've carried out is exempt from the building regulations or doesn't require a warrant if needed.
Warrant applications and notices
Use our online register to check for applications and warrants or see notices we've issued about dangerous buildings. The records online go back to 1 January 1996.
Further information and advice
Building Standards (Dumfries)
Building Standards (Stranraer)