Building Standards Regulations are made by the Secretary of State for Scotland and approved by Parliament. It is essential for anyone proposing to construct, alter or extend a property to first obtain a Building Warrant.
A Building Warrant is the legal permission to commence building work and is granted by the local council.
It covers the technical aspects of foundations, walls, drains, ventilation, conservation of fuel and power, electrical installations…virtually every aspect relating to the erection of your conservatory if it is over 8 square metres.
Your application must be accompanied by detailed plans and the appropriate fee. The plans will be assessed to determine whether they comply with technical standards. As soon as the local council is satisfied with the proposals, it will issue a Building Warrant, which is, in effect, permission to proceed with the work on site.
As soon as the work is completed, an application must be made for a Certificate of Completion. Failure to obtain such a certificate can be a major problem when a property is being sold. The prospective buyer will normally wish to see an original copy of the certificate before completing the transaction.