Building regulations

How we assess applications

We have taken steps to allow us to continue to deliver our services for the duration of the COVID-19 situation. Read our full position. Staff will be working remotely, so capacity and access to our usual systems will be reduced. It may take longer to process planning applications, building warrants, RCC's, environmental advice and related aspects of the service. This also includes responses to customer queries, complaints and public comments during this period. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.


All functional standards which must be met 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. Our officers must interpret the functional standards and their purpose in order to allow them to assess an application for a building warrant.