During building: Site inspections, Notifications and Completions
Details of the required inspections for all building works granted a Building Warrant.
Construction Compliance Notification Plans & Verification During Construction
Applies to Building Warrant applications submitted on or after 1 October 2012.
The new Building Standards Verifiers Performance Framework Agreement with Scottish Government requires that all Building Warrant applications submitted on or after 1 October 2012 will be subject to the Verification During Construction scheme.
Once approved, all Building Warrant applications submitted on or after 1 October 2012 will be issued with an individual Construction Compliance Notification Plan (CCNP) (along with the Building Warrant, Commencement of Works Notice and the approved plans). The Construction Compliance Notification Plan is based on a risk assessment of the proposed works taking into account their size and complexity.
The Construction Compliance Notification Plan details the required notification / inspection / compliance protocols that should be followed for informing the Building Standards Service on the progress of the project. They are categorised as Mandatory (M) or as Notification (N).
It is the responsibility of the owner, the agent (i.e. an architect or project supervisor employed by the owner) and contractor to ensure that the CCNP is followed. It is advisable that individuals gaining Building Warrant approvals should make the other parties aware of this requirement.
The Building Standards Service will respond to requests for inspections and notifications in line with the Key Construction Stages listed on the CCNP. Please note that alternative evidence may be accepted as proof of compliance and this should be agreed with the case Surveyor prior to the commencement of any building works. Such alternatives may be date stamped photographs, video diaries etc.
Failure to meet the criteria set out in the CCNP may result in a Completion Certificate being refused.
The person responsible for carrying out building works under a Building Warrant must apply for a Completion Certificate. A Completion Certificate is needed to confirm that a building has been constructed, altered or converted in accordance with the warrant and the Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004 and is an important document that you will require when you sell your property.
It is an offence to submit a false completion certificate or to occupy a building without a completion certificate.
A completion certificate should be submitted within 3 years from the date of the Building Warrant approval.
Apply for a Completion Certificate - online
You have to register with ebuilding standards Scotland to apply for a Completion Certificate or a Completion Certificate where no building warrant has been obtained online
This is simple, quick to use and contains all the information you need to submit your application.
Apply for a Completion Certificate - paper
If you do not wish to apply online, you can submit a paper based application form (below). Download the form for printing and return it to the Building Standards team:
Expired Building Warrants
If your building warrant has expired please contact the Building Standards Service for more information. You may be eligible for a Letter of Comfort:
Building work without a Building Warrant
In certain circumstances it is possible to request a completion certificate where no building warrant was obtained: