Online service for building standards applications
The Highland Council's planning and building standards systems will be down for scheduled maintenance from 9:00am on Wednesday 23rd August 2017 until at least 5:00pm. Please be aware that this outage may carry over on to Thursday 24th August but we will aim to have the systems back to being fully operational as soon as possible. Submissions can still be made on the eDevelopment.scot online portal, but The Highland Council will be unable to process any applications until the maintenance period has been completed. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.
The Scottish Government increased statutory building standards fees on 1 July 2017. Details of the changes can be found in The Building (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland( Regulations 2017 and the 3rd Edition, Version 1.5 of the Procedural Handbook
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. Please note that 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
An application for a Section 50 Certificate should also be printed, completed and posted to our eProcessing Centre below.
Help with the new service
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 please make sure:
- 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.