East Lothian Council

Building Warrants and Completion Certificates

What are Building Warrants and Completion Certificates?

Building Warrants

The Council is responsible for making sure building work on new and existing buildings in East Lothian meets standards set out in the Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004 and associated technical standards .

Amongst other things, these standards are concerned with the health, safety and welfare of people in or about buildings and of those who may be affected by buildings or matters connected with them.

Under the Building (Scotland) Act 2003, the Council is the 'verifier' for East Lothian. The role of verifier is to protect the public interest by providing an independent check of applications for building warrants to:

  • construct or demolish buildings
  • provide services, fittings or equipment in buildings
  • convert buildings

When the Council is satisfied with an application it will issue a building warrant. This is the legal permission needed to begin work.

Completion certificates

Building Standards carry out inspections during construction and on completion of building work to determine, where reasonably practicable, that the work has been carried out in accordance with the approved warrant drawings and other documents.

The inspections do not involve supervising or controlling work on site.  This is a contractual matter and for the arrangements put in place between the client and builder.

On completion of the work the owner or responsible person submits a completion certificate, and where appropriate an energy performance certificate, confirming that the work has been completed in accordance with the approved warrant drawings and in compliance with the building regulations.

The Council must accept a completion certificate if, after reasonable enquiry, they are satisfied the work or conversion certified complies with the relevant warrant and building regulations. If it does not comply, the completion certificate must be rejected.

How to apply

Forms are available in the Downloads section at the bottom of this page or at Environment Reception.

East Lothian Council, John Muir House Brewery Park Haddington East Lothian EH41 3HA.