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When Do You Need A Building Warrant?

When working with residential architects in Glasgow, it is important to know when a project you have planned might require permission from a local planning authority.

Whilst most people are aware of planning permission and permitted development rights, for many projects in Scotland, applying for and receiving a building warrant may be necessary to start, carry out and complete building work.

A building warrant, as set out by the Building (Scotland) Act 2003, is similar to planning permission, but rather than simply relating to the location, use and appearance of a building, building warrants relating to any construction, demolition or conversion work, with few exceptions.

For example, here are some types of works that typically will require a building warrant:

  • Erection and construction of a new home,

  • Building a home extension,

  • Removing or constructing load-bearing walls,

  • Altering any structural elements, including external walls and roofs,

  • Loft and garage conversions into living spaces,

  • Demolition.

Much like in the rest of the UK, permitted development rights may apply for certain types of construction but since a building warrant is legally required for works to start that do not meet these criteria, it is important to consult the local authority and architectural experts if you are uncertain.

It also requires all work that requires a warrant to be carried out by a qualified building professional, that the local authority is made aware of work starting in writing, and notify them at each stage of the Construction Compliance and Notification plan.

The new part of the building also cannot be used until a completion certificate has been accepted by the local authority.

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