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We have developed a range of guidelines to help you understand building standards and make the right decisions before you start your project. You can download our guidance from the further information section.

Application fast tracking

Sometimes building warrants and completion certificates need to be processed as a priority application. These are dealt with more quickly than normal applications. Our building standards management team will consider fast tracking where the applicant/agent provides a letter requesting the application to be fast tracked and suitable justification is given that the application meets the following criteria:

  • the application is for the benefit of a disabled person
  • the application is for minor works and the works are linked to a house sale
  • the application relates to a project with social or economic benefit to the community
  • other special circumstances are identified
  • the application relates to a Scottish Type Approval System (STAS)

Inclusive design

Our design guide aims to provide additional information and guidance in terms of inclusive design. An inclusive environment is one which can be accessed and used by everyone, irrespective of their age, ability or gender. In order to achieve this, designers need to be aware of peoples' differing abilities and widen the user group they design for.

Note: A building warrant does not grant planning permission. Even if the proposed development is exempt from the need for a building warrant you may still require planning permission.

Contact Information


Building Standards
Telephone: 01563 576790