Building standards policy and guidance

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 two 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.

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 visit the Health and Safety Executive website

For a technical description of the exempted buildings and services, fittings and equipment please download the document below. If you require further information or help, please contact us.

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