We are taking steps to allow us to continue to deliver our services for the duration of the COVID19 situation. Details of our full position including information on Phase 2 preparations for recommencing site inspections can be found on this page.
We are no longer operating under business as usual in order to focus on priority and statutory services. The Highland Council is planning for greatly increased staff absence levels over the coming days and weeks. Staff will be working remotely, so capacity and access to our usual systems will be significantly limited. It may therefore take longer to process planning applications, building warrants, and related aspects of the Planning and Building Standards service including customer queries, complaints and public comments during this period. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.
Online service for building standards applications
The following applications can be made using eBuilding Standards
- Building Warrant
- Amendment of Building Warrant
- Extend period of validity of building warrant
- Extend period of use of limited-life building
- Temporary occupation or use
- Discharge or variation of a continuing requirement
- Notice regarding start of work
- Notice of work stage completed
- Notice of intention to use an approved certifier of construction
- Completion Certificate submission
- Completion certificate where no building warrant obtained submission
If you prefer to make a paper application, you can send a printable application form to our eProcessing Centre below. Paper applications or follow up documents will no longer be accepted at Service Points or area offices.
Letter of comfort
You may need a letter of comfort for a warrant issued under the former building acts that has expired or for unauthorised building work carried out before may 2005. This application is NOT available for online submission on the eBuildingstandards.scot portal and you will need to print an application for a letter of comfort and send it to our eProcessing centre below. There is a charge for this service, please visit our Fees page for more details and ways to pay.
Building Standards Section 50 Application
According to Section 50 of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005, a Building Standards certificate is required where the licence application is for a full Premises licence or the confirmation of a provisional license. An application for a Full and Provisional Licence will still require a Planning Certificate.
Use the application forms links below to apply for these certificates.
There is a fee to deliver this service, please check our Other Planning and Environment Fees and Charges document for more details on how much you need to pay.
You can apply for a Premises Licence from our Apply for a Licence – Liquor page.
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Submitting additional information
If you have additional information you would like to provide in connection with a submitted application, you can submit follow up documentation to us electronically using a new online form within the new eBuildingstandards.scot portal.
When submitting additional information:
- Quote your original application reference number on any documents you send
- Include a scale bar on all plans
- Plans should be correctly named, for example, "elevation", "site plan", "floor plan"
- Revised plans should use the original description and be correctly titled as such, drawing number followed by 'Rev A/B/C as appropriate' and include a date of the revision
- The date you send any additional information should be clearly marked on plans
You can also submit follow up information in paper to the address below.
Almost all new building work from house extensions to a new roof light needs a building warrant and a completion certificate to make sure it is safe to use and fit for purpose.
The Scottish Government provides an up-to-date version of the Building Standards and Technical Handbooks for both domestic and non-domestic work.
You can apply for a Building Warrants using eBuilding Standards
- How to make a building warrant application
- Cost of application
- Amendments to applications submitted before 1 May 2005 and Letters of Comfort
If you are having construction or refurbishment work done, you may need to notify the Health and Safety Executive.