Building standards

Building regulations are in place to make sure that buildings are safe. We're responsible for checking that buildings in the region meet Scottish standards.

The Building Standards customer journey explains the building standards system to anyone making home improvements or starting building work.

COVID-19 Updates

Closure of Kirkbank and Ashwood House

From Monday 22 November 2021 Planning and Building Warrant files can be viewed by appointment at Municipal Chambers, Buccleuch Street, Dumfries. Requests can only be made by emailing Due to Covid 19 safety measures it may take up to 5 days between submitting your request and your appointment.

The Planning and Building Standards offices (Kirkbank in Dumfries and Ashwood House in Stranraer) are now closed until further notice to visiting members of the public.

Please contact the team by telephone using 01387 260199, or via email only using

Existing Building Warrant applications

Officers will be working from home and will continue to process all existing applications. You should continue to contact the relevant case officer as normal.

New Warrant applications

Due to the office closures, we regret we are unable to accept the following payment methods until further notice:

  • Cheque Payments
  • Telephone Payments
  • BACS

Payment can be made either by the Scottish Government's eDevelopment portal or by the Pay it section of

We will only be accepting new building warrants or amended drawings via the Scottish Government's eDevelopment portal.

Duty Officers

There will be no duty officers available and we will only be able to respond to electronic queries submitted to

The building standards system in Scotland is established by the Building (Scotland) Act 2003. The Act gives powers to Scottish Ministers to create building regulations and other supporting legislation to fulfil the purposes of the Act.

We administer and enforce building regulations by:

  • providing advice on building regulations
  • reviewing plans for proposed building work and issuing permission to start
  • inspecting sites during building work
  • checking completed work meets standards
  • investigating reports of dangerous buildings and taking action to safeguard people

Before you start

You generally need a building warrant if you intend to build, alter, extend or demolish a building. Some types of work are exempt though. We can provide written confirmation that the work you intend to carry out is exempt from the building regulations or doesn't require a warrant if needed.

Check which work requires a building warrant

It's an offence to commence work which requires building warrant approval without first obtaining the relevant permission.

Apply for a building warrant

Warrants are usually valid for three years and you need to apply for an extension if you've started the works but not completed them in this time.

After the work is completed

You're required to submit a completion certificate to us for acceptance once you're satisfied that all work covered by a building warrant is complete and meets the relevant building regulations.

Submit a completion certificate

You need to apply for a certificate or inspection if you've carried out work without a valid building warrant (including when a warrant has expired). We can provide written confirmation that the work you've carried out is exempt from the building regulations or doesn't require a warrant if needed.

Warrant applications and notices

Use our online register to check for applications and warrants or see notices we've issued about dangerous buildings. The records online go back to 1 January 1996.

Further information and advice

Contact details
Page last updated: 11/11/2021
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