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Do I need a building warrant?

This page should allow you to determine if you require a building warrant for your proposed works

The Scottish Government technical guidance for both Domestic and Non-Domestic properties is complex and it is suggested that you obtain the services of a construction professional such as surveyor /architect or similar to assist in determining whether or not a building warrant is required. You can submit a building warrant online using e-building standards.

The  Customer Journey [982KB] explains the building standards system to anyone making home improvements or starting building work.

Making a quality building warrant application [2MB]  document provides useful guidance on applying for a building warrant. 

The technical guidance can be found within the Scottish Government - Technical Handbooks (opens new window)

On this page find general information on works that:

  • will require a building warrant and
  • any work that can be undertaken to a house without needing a building warrant.  (Please note this does not apply if you live in a flat, maisonette or a house over two storey's in height).

If a building warrant is not required for your proposals West Lothian Council, as verifier will not inspect the works.

It is not the responsibility of Building Standards (West Lothian Council) to determine whether a building warrant is required. This determination should be taken by the building owner and if required, in consultation with other building professionals.

From the 1st of April 2016 we can provide a service to confirm if proposed or completed works requires a warrant and where appropriate complies with the building regulationsLetter of comfort