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Building Standards

Construction of building detail

The purpose of Building Standards is to ensure that building work on both new and existing buildings meet reasonable standards.

The intention of the standards is to: 

  • Secure the health, safety welfare and convenience of persons in and around buildings.
  • Further the conservation of fuel and power
  • Further the achievement of sustainable development

Aberdeen City Council fulfils 2 roles in this context:

Firstly as verifier to protect the public interest where applications for building warrant to construct, alter, extend, convert, provide services, fittings or equipment to buildings or demolish buildings have been or are about to be made.

Secondly to enforce building legislation in respect of building work carried out without approval and to ensure public safety in respect of dangerous and defective buildings through enforcement processes.


Single Plan Submission

Submitting a Building Warrant

Building Standards changed the building warrant application process, so applicants/agents only require to submit one single set of coloured plans. Please see the following link for guidance notes:


Change of Fee for 'LETTER OF COMFORT'

Please note that the fee for a letter of comfort will be as follows:

 A letter of comfort for work done prior to 1 May 2005 where warrant approval had been granted - 180.00
 A letter of comfort for work done prior to 1 May 2005 where no warrant approval had been granted - 300.00

For the Letter of Comfort form, please see the following link:


Construction and Refurbishment

If you are having construction or refurbishment work done, you may need to notify the Health and Safety Executive and you may have other duties as well. To find out more, please see the following link:


Property Enquiry Certificates

For information on PEC's and contact details, please see the following link:


Application Support Team

The Team provides support concerning Building Warrants and other Building Standards services in Marischal College with opening hours from 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday. For further information, please see the following link:



  • Building Standards
    Planning and Sustainable Development
    Aberdeen City Council
    Business Hub 4
    Marischal College
    Broad Street
    AB10 1AB
    Phone: 01224 523470