Latest News

The latest information updates from Building Standards are available below and from the 'Related Downloads' link on this page.

Should you require any further information regarding any items below or encounter any difficulty accessing the documents , please do not hesitate to contact the Building Standards office by email or by phoning 01856873535 extension 2729.

15.05.2019

Building Standards – Inspections (West)

As you may be aware Stewart Chalmers the Building Standards Inspector covering our West Inspection Area has been absent from work since 23 November 2018.

The West Inspection Area covers West Mainland, West side Kirkwall and St Ola, Shapinsay, Stronsay, Eday, Sanday and Papa Westray.

Unfortunately, Stewart will not be returning to his post with Building Standards and this message is intended to provide information on how to request inspections until the recruitment process for a replacement Building Standards Inspector has concluded.

For applicants who have made submissions through the eBuilding Standards portal you can upload Notice of Commencement of Work, Notice of Work Stage Complete, and Completion Certificate submissions via the portal.

Alternatively, inspection forms can be emailed to building.standards@orkney.gov.uk

Or, you can telephone Building Standards 01856873535 extension 2729 to request inspection.

I do hope you have not been inconvenienced in any way by this temporary interruption to service and please do not hesitate to contact me at the Building Standards office should you require any further information.

24.12.2018

The latest newsletter (December 2018) can be downloaded from the 'Related Downloads' section of this page. It has been provided as a fully web accessible document.

13.07.2017

Changes to Legislation and Guidance Building (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 (SSI 2017 No.188) (as amended by SSI 2017 No. 214)

Comes into force on 1 July 2017

The amendments include changes to building, fees, procedures and forms regulations:

Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004

New description of building or work that does not require a building warrant under regulation 5. New type 23A in schedule 3 to regulation 5, and in regulation 9, covers detached single-storey buildings used for shelter or sleeping in connection with recreation, subject to a number of limitations. This is as a result of SG working with Reforesting Scotland in response to the “Thousand Huts” campaign.

Building (Fees) Scotland) Regulations 2004

Increases to building warrant related fees including demolitions, conversions, work started or completed without a building warrant, and extending the duration of a building warrant. (Part 1 and Part 2 of the schedule in the fees regulations).

Increases to discounts for providing a certificate from an approved certifier of design or approved certifier of construction. Discounts are fixed amounts for estimated values of work not exceeding £100,000 and percentages for estimated values of work exceeding £100,000. (Part 3 and Part 4 of the schedule in the fees regulations).

Changes allowing the warrant fee to be discounted when the applicant advises in writing that they intend to submit a certificate of design after they have made their application but before the warrant is granted.

Building (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2004   

Changes to recognise the digitisation of building warrant and completion certificate processes.

Building (Forms) (Scotland) Regulations 2005

Changes to recognise the digitisation of building warrant and completion certificate processes.

Changes to recognise the changes to fees regulations for discounts for certificates of design.

For more information refer to the Procedural Handbook and for details of the amendment regulations see SSI 2017 No. 188 and SSI 2017 No. 2014 by following the link at the end of this information note.

Technical Handbooks 2017 (revised and published 1 July 2017)

Updates to the Technical Handbooks (Domestic and Non-Domestic) have been published - 1 July 2017. The changes include:

Technical Handbooks and Key Supporting Guidance and a Summary of the 2017 Changes can be accessed at https://www.webarchive.org.uk/wayback/archive/20170104162110/http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Built-Environment/Building/Building

30.06.2017

Building Warrant Fees

Scottish Ministers advised all local authority verifiers on 29 June 2017 that the planned changes to building warrant fees will apply from 1 July 2017.

Consequently charges for all building warrant related applications received on or after 1 July 2017 will be calculated in accordance with the revised Fees table.

Changes include:

Increases to building warrant related fixed fees and incremental fee steps relating to the estimated value of the work.  Includes demolitions, conversions, work started or completed without a building warrant, and extending the duration of a building warrant.

Increases to discounts for providing a certificate from an approved certifier of design or approved certifier of construction. Discounts are fixed amounts for estimated values of work not exceeding £100,000 and percentages for estimated values of work exceeding £100,000.

Changes to allow the warrant fee to be discounted when the applicant advises in writing that they intend to submit a certificate of design after they have made their building warrant application and before the warrant is granted.

The revised Fee Table is available in Section 3.14 of the Procedural Handbook which can be found in the "Related Sites" section of this page. Should you require any further information or clarification regarding building warrant fees please do not hesitate to contact the Building Standards office, by telephoning 01856873535 extension 2729, or by email.

21.2.2017

Fire Safety Design Summary Template

The Fire Safety Design Summary Template on the Building Standards Division website has been updated following comments received from external stakeholders.

The change now requires the summary to be signed by the relevant person/duly authorised agent. Fire Safety Design Summary information including templates, can be downloaded from the ‘Related Sites' section of this page.

03.02.2017

Newsletter 3

The latest newsletter can be downloaded from the 'Related Downloads' section of this page.It has been provided as a fully web accessible document.

07.12.2016

eBuilding Standards Update

The latest eBuilding Standards Update Newsletter is now available as a PDF document from the 'Related Downloads' section of this page.

Related Links

Related Sites

School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535

Email: customerservice@orkney.gov.uk

Orkney Islands Council: BOREAS DOMUS MARE AMICUS