Building Standards for homeowners
Last updated: 3 September 2019

Scottish Building Standards

Scottish Building Standards are rules that cover things like making sure building work:

  • is safe
  • complies with building regulations

Scottish Building Standards for minor work

If you're doing any type of minor work in your home, like installing a bathroom in your house, it needs to meet Scottish Building Standards.

You usually won't need to ask your local council for permission to carry out minor work, but you should check with them to make sure.

It's also unlikely you'll need to get your building plans approved if it's on a building like a shed or a barn, unless you're converting a barn into a living space.

Scottish Building Standards for major work

If you're doing any type of building work that will change things like the floor space of your house, its structure or its roof, it's likely you'll need to apply to your local council for a Building Warrant.

If you're not sure about Scottish Building Standards

If you're not sure whether you need to apply for a Building Warrant you can ask your local council's Building Standards service.