The Building Regulations set down the minimum requirements that must be observed by anyone intending to carry out any of the following building works:
- erect a new building
- alter or extend an existing building
- convert a building
- demolish a building
If you propose to carry out such works within North Ayrshire, you need permission in the form of a building warrant from North Ayrshire Council, Building Standards.
Check the status of your building warrant
Check the status of your building warrant online on our Building Standards Register. Search by property address or your Building Warrant (BW) reference number.
Building work or home improvements
The Building Standards Customer Journey guide (PDF, 1mb), covers the:
- main stages of the building warrant process
- role of approved certifiers of design
- role of approved certifiers of construction
- role of local authority verifiers
Apply for a building warrant
Alternatively complete and return an application form (see foot page) with the correct fee.
It is recommended that you engage the services of a suitably qualified person to deal with all aspects of the application and building works.
Ensure your application complies with the Scottish Building Regulations using the Building Standards Domestic or Non-domestic Technical handbooks. You may need to notify the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) of certain construction or refurbishment works.
For more information read the Building Standards FAQ guide (PDF, 115kb).
Building Warrant lodging fees are dependent on the estimated value of the work you propose to carry out. In certain circumstances, discounts may be available on the warrant fee. Please refer to our Building Standards Fees & discounts guide (PDF, 186kb).
What happens next?
We record applications on the Building Standards Register.
Your application will be assessed against the requirements of the Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004. Guidance in the Technical handbooks will help the assessment of your plans.
We aim to respond to all applications within 20 days of submission. This is dependant on complexity of the project and quality of submission.
If your application does not comply with the regulations, or if further information is required, we will write to you.
Adjusted, or amended, plans will be re-assessed.
If the plans comply with the regulations, the warrant will be granted.
Once the warrant has been granted you may start work. You must inform us when you are starting the work and at the various stages identified in the construction compliance and notification plan which accompanies the granted building warrant.
How long is a warrant valid?
A building warrant is valid for 3 years from the date of granting. It is expected that all works covered by the warrant will be completed within this time. This can be extended, in certain circumstances, by submitting an 'extension to building warrant' application, see below.
On completion of the work
Certificate of completion
A Certificate of Completion to confirm all works included in the building warrant have been completed should be submitted to us prior to the expiry date. We require confirmation that a building has been constructed, altered or converted in accordance with the building warrant and the Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004.
We will accept or reject your completion certificate within 14 days of submission.
Please note: it is illegal to occupy a new building which has not had a Completion Certificate accepted.
Fire Safety Design Summaries (FSDS)
FSDS must be provided with completion certificates relating to the construction of, or conversion to, new non-domestic buildings, including extensions to existing buildings. More information can be found on the Scottish Government website.
Your warrant will have been assessed under one of the following building Acts:
- the Building (Scotland) Act 1959 - applications for building warrants submitted before 1 May 2005 are assessed under this Act - applications for building warrants submitted
- the Building (Scotland) Act 2003 - applications for building warrants submitted after 1 May 2005 are assessed under this Act - applications for building warrants submitted 1 May 2005
Under the 2003 Act, an Electrical Compliance Certificate is provided by the electrician carrying out the electrical works. Please note: we can only accept certificate from SELECT or NICEIC approved electricians. Visit their websites to find registered contractors.
Use the following forms to make changes to a building warrant submitted after 1 May 2005 and granted under the 2003 Act:
If your Building Warrant was approved under the 1959 Act and no completion certificate was issued then a Clearance Certificate may be required to regularise matters. Once an application for a Clearance Certificate has been submitted along with the appropriate fee we will contact you for further information or to arrange an inspection.
The following forms are copies of the forms sent out with your original building warrant for you to download: