Building regulations

How we assess applications

There are sixty six functional standards which must be complied with if a building is to be considered as meeting the requirements of The Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

Some standards apply to all building types and some are more specific to certain situations.

Policy statements set out the functional requirements that a building must reach. The guidance contained in the technical handbook supports these policies, and demonstrates ways in which most buildings may comply.

There is no obligation to follow the policy guidance. Building Standards Officers are required to interpret the functional standards and their purpose in order to allow them to assess an application for a building warrant.

Officers use their wide professional judgement to assess the proposal against policy. 

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