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Building Standards - Advice

Information Leaflets and Flowcharts

The following leaflets provide useful information on various aspects of the Building Standards Function ranging from “How to Apply for a Building Warrant” to “New System of Building Control”. These leaflets are also readily available from the Council's Reception Desk in Kirkwall.

Flowcharts identifying the Building Warrant application and Completion Certificate Submission process are provided in an attempt to clarify application procedures.

All documents are in PDF format and are available from the 'Related Downloads' section on this page, and include:

  • How to apply for a Building Warrant.
  • Letter of Comfort.
  • Exempt Works - Domestic.
  • Drainage Infiltration Systems.
  • Work which does not require a Building Warrant.
  • Works carried out without a Building Warrant.
  • New System of Building Control.
  • Building Warrant Application Process - Flowchart.
  • Completion Certificate Submission Process.
  • Construction Compliance and Notification small guide September 2013.

(DISCLAIMER: The attached document is not fully web accessible. If you require a printed copy or further assistance please contact Building Standards by email or by calling 01856873535 extension 2515).

The following leaflets are available from the Building Standards Division of the Scottish Building Standards website and can be accessed from the 'Related Sites' section of this web page:

  • Noise - Guidance on Home Improvements.
  • Building Standards Certification.

Any advice given will be as accurate as possible based upon the information that you provide, without prejudice to the final outcome of any application.

Making a quality building warrant application: what you need to know

This guidance provides useful information on how to make a good quality building warrant application and can be accessed from the ‘Related Sites’ section on this page.

Technical Policy Notes

Technical Policy Notes from SABSM can be accessed from the 'Related Downloads' section on this page.  All documents are in PDF format.

How to Contact Us

There are a number of ways by which you may wish to make an enquiry or obtain advice:

By Calling In

Advice and guidance may be obtained by contacting the Building Standards team between 09:00 and 17:00, Monday to Friday, at the Reception Desk, Council Offices, Kirkwall.

By Telephone

Call a member of the Building Standards team on Tel. 01856873535 extension 2515, between 09:00 and 17:00, Monday to Friday.

By Email

By Letter

You may also make an enquiry by letter addressed to:

Building Standards, Orkney Islands Council, Council Offices, School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1NY.

Frequently Asked Questions

Look at our Frequently Asked Questions Section, available on the 'Related Links' section on this page.

Technical Handbooks

The Technical Handbooks and other useful information regarding the Building Standards Scotland Regulations 2004 as amended can be found on the Scottish Building Standards Division website, which is available through the 'Related Sites' section on this page.

Contact Details

Telephone - 01856873535 and ask for the relevant person or extension number.

Building Standards Team

Building Standards Service Manager. Steven Poke. Extension 2509.
Senior Building Standards Officer. Juan Del Valle. Extension 2730.
Building Standards Officer. Steven Caudrey. Extension 2724
Building Standards Inspector (East). Graham Bell Extension 2718.
Building Standards Inspector (West). David Atkinson. Extension 2720.
Building Standards Assistant Technician. Tracy Dennison. Extension 2789.
Building Standards Administration. Philip Williams. Extension 2515.