Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Information and Updates

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Building Standards

Service changes during COVID 19

COVID 19 Update

West Lothian Council building standards will continue to operate as normal a service as possible during these current circumstances. All members of staff are working remotely.    We will continue to strive to provide as normal a service as possible, however it is inevitable that the level of service may not be to the same as in normal operating times.

There may be a slight delay in dealing with paper applications. Therefore we would strongly encourage you to submit any application via the e-building standards portal. Unfortunately we are unable to accept cheque payments during this time as all staff are working remotely.

Officers are still available to discuss any current application that has been submitted and you can contact the relevant officer by email.

We remain committed to assessing and granting building warrants within the timeframe's set out in our Customer Charter.

Site Inspection

West Lothian Council Building Standards have developed processes and procedures to ensure the safety of staff and customers whilst carrying out our on-site verification duties in relation to building warrants and completion certificates.

The construction notification plan (CCNP) issued with your building warrant identifies when you need to inform us of key construction stages. It is very important that you continue to notify us in line with the CCNP to allow us to discuss with you the best way for us to carry out the verification of your project. Currently, our preferred method of inspection for domestic properties is to use video technology. This is an inspection that is carried out live with your phone, tablet, etc and you will be joined by an inspecting officer. During the call the inspecting officer will guide you through the inspection. If for some reason you cannot carry out a video inspection, please let us know and we will arrange a physical visit (restrictions permitting). Icon for pdf Site inspection guidance for customers [453.91KB] provides further information on site inspections during this period.

This page should allow you to determine if you require a building warrant for your proposed works
The following table of fees is based on the Building Cost Information Service review of building prices
You need a building warrant before you can carry out most types of building or demolition work
Building standards forms including link to eBuildingStandards
Search for building warrant applications and completion certificates
We can provide replacement documentation relating to building warrants
Completion certificates, late completion certificates and temporary occupation
Inspection of work carried out without a building warrant and confirmation of works not requiring a warrant
Building standards information and performance
Building Standards has a responsibility to deal with dangerous buildings as they occur
Information on raised structures under section 89 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982
This page gives an indication of the services West Lothian Council building standards provide
Building standards performance figures will be updated on a quarterly basis
This page should give an insight into how a building warrant application is determined
Appointments are required to see Building Standards Surveyors and appointments can only be made to discuss a registered building warrant application.

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