Apply and pay for a building warrant

You will probably need a building warrant if you are considering:

  • building
  • altering
  • extending
  • converting
  • or demolishing a building

A building warrant is entirely separate from planning permission. Sometimes both a building warrant and planning permission are needed.

Contact us if you are unsure whether you require a building warrant.

Starting work without a building warrant is an offence and could lead to a fine of up to £5000. If you have inadvertently started work before applying, you must declare this on the application form and cease building work until the warrant is approved.

There are two ways to apply for a building warrant. Either:

  1. apply online at or
  2. Submit an application form

You can make an online payment when submitting an application form via post or when making a payment outwith the portal.

You can view our table of fees which has been taken from section 3.14 of the Scottish Government's Procedural Handbook.

You may also find this fee calculator helpful.

Before applying , please read our Building Standards Privacy Statement for details on how we will use your personal information.

Building work must comply with the building regulations. If you want to find someone who can certify that plumbing, electrical or energy work complies with building regulations, use The Scottish Government's Building Standards Certification Register.

We record current applications on Public Access.

We assess valid applications within 20 working days.

If your application needs revisions we will contact you or your agent with details.

If your application complies with the building regulations we will approve it and issue a Construction Compliance Notification Plan (CCNP).

You must meet any requirement we set out in this plan.

If you have not applied for a building warrant before you may find the Scottish Government's Building Standards Customer Journey guide useful.

When work is finished, you should submit a Completion Certificate Submission and all relevant paperwork as noted on the completion checklist in the Building Warrant approval pack.

Once the Completion Certificate Submission has been received, the inspecting officer will contact you to arrange a suitable day and time for inspection of the building warrant works.

If the works meet the approved plans and building regulations, the Completion Certificate will be accepted. Confirmation of this will be sent to you/your agent.

The completion certificate is an important document if and when you decide to sell your property.