East Lothian Council

Building warrant applications and submissions

Guidance and Advice

A Duty Building Standards Surveyor will be available for general enquiries and to provide general information and advice at the Environment Reception at the following time:

  • Tuesday and Thursday between 9am and 1pm

No appointment is necessary.

However, particularly in the case of a specific enquiry, it is best to make an appointment with the duty Building Standards Surveyor to ensure that enquiries can be dealt with promptly and effectively. Office opening hours are:

  • Monday to Thursday - 9am to 4.30pm
  • Friday - 9am to 4pm

If any correspondence sent you identifies a Building Standards Surveyor allocated to your case, please use the direct dial telephone number given in the correspondence. Otherwise contact the Environment Reception using the following and you enquiry will be directed to the relevant surveyor:

(Please do not use a Surveyor's direct email address, as this will cause delays in re-routing your email through our electronic mail-handling system.)

In special circumstances it may be possible to meet with you at your property outwith these times.

Pre-application/submission Discussions

Discussions will be welcomed before an application for building warrant or late completion certificate submission is lodged to encourage full and high quality submissions and to ensure they can be dealt with efficiently.

The advice given will be objective and as helpful as possible without prejudice to the formal consideration of an application by the Council.

Information can be given about relevant requirements of the Building Regulations and the Council's general approach and practice on particular matters. Where possible advice will also be given about the specific merits of a proposed application.

Building Standards legislation and other relevant documents can be made available together with information about Building Standards procedures.

In cases where other approvals or consents may be necessary general advice can also be given or, where possible, information given on where to contact other Council Services connected with your enquiry.

However, it is important for applicants to seek their own professional advice to guide them through the building warrant process and to supervise the works on site to enable a completion certificate to be accepted by the Council.

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