Scotland Building Standards

On the 1st of May 2005 a new building standards system came into operation in Scotland.

All building warrant applications from this date will be processed under the Building (Scotland) Act 2003.

The Building (Scotland) Act 2003 gives Scottish Ministers the power to make building regulations to:

"secure the health, safety, welfare and convenience of persons in and about buildings and others who may be affected by buildings or matters connected with buildings, further the conservation of fuel and power, and further the achievement of sustainable development."

The 2013 editions of the Technical Handbooks provide revised guidance in support of the Building (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2013.  They came into force on 1st October 2013.

The sections of the Technical Handbooks are listed below and can be accessed from the Building Standards section of the Scottish Government website.

Section 0 - general

Section 1 - Structure

Section 2 - Fire

Section 3 - Environment

Section 4 - Safety

Section 5 - Noise

Section 6 - Energy

Section 7 - Sustainability