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.

10.09.2019

Building Standards - Staff update

The Building Standards function has experienced a number of staff changes recently with Tracy Dennison seconded to Assistant Technician (Building Standards) post to assist with the increasing number of applications received via the eBuilding Standards portal and back scanning existing paper records.

Philip Williams was appointed to cover the Building Standards Administration post vacated by Tracy and is responsible for all our office administrative tasks.

And finally, David Atkinson is our new Building Standards Inspector responsible for Building Standards inspections in our West Inspection Area covering West Mainland, West side Kirkwall and St Ola, Shapinsay, Stronsay, Eday, Sanday and Papa Westray.

The following chart identifies the organisational structure for the Building Standards team.

23.08.2019

Building Standards – Inspections (West)

I’m pleased to advise that David Atkinson has recently been appointed Building Standards Inspector covering our West Inspection Area.

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

David can be contacted by telephone 01856873535, extension 2720, mobile 07765241527, or email david.atkinson@orkney.gov.uk.

24.07.2019

Fire and Smoke Alarms – Factsheet

The Scottish Government have produced a factsheet advising homeowners what they need to know about changes in legislation relating to fire and smoke alarms coming into force in February 2021.

All homes will be covered by the new standard, as we believe that all homes should be safe for occupants regardless of tenure. It will be the property owner’s responsibility to meet the new standard.

The factsheet can be found in the “Related Downloads” section of this page.

27.05.2019

Scottish Government’s Building Standards Division awards

At the Local Authority Building Standards Scotland (LABSS) AGM held at Peebles Hydro, 17 May 2019, Orkney Islands Council were successful in the Building Standards Division (BSD) National Building Standards Performance Excellence (Small Verifier) category.

The BSD awards for 2018/2019 are made against the following performance indicators:

Worth noting the team have consistently achieved close to 100% against the first two criteria.

The Councils Principal Building Standards Officer, Jack Leslie was extremely proud to accept the award from Stephen Garvin head of BSD on the team’s behalf, saying “it’s a great team achievement and just recognition for everyone’s hard work and dedication during the past year”.

Jack Leslie – Orkney Islands Council being presented with the award by Stephen Garvin BSD.

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.

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