Building Regulations and Fire Safety in Scotland

 

Background and Evidence

Building Regulations and Fire Safety

On 21 June 2017, the Committee considered its work programme and agreed to widen its ongoing scrutiny of building regulations in Scotland to include the safety aspect of these regulations.

Read the news release on building regulations and fire safety.

The Committee undertook a piece of work on the building standards verification scheme from February to June 2017 and this can be found at the following link:

Local Government and Communities Committee Work on Building Regulations in Scotland

Correspondence on Current Safety Procedures

The Minister for Local Government and Housing wrote to all local authorities on 15 June 2017 to request information on current safety procedures and assessment of building stock:

The Committee wrote to the Minister for Local Government and Housing on 26 June 2017 to inform the Scottish Government that the Committee would be undertaking scrutiny of the safety aspect of building regulations:

The Scottish Government replied to the Convener's letter on 30 June 2017 with an update on the Ministerial Working Group on Building and Fire Safety:

Oral Evidence

The Committee held oral evidence sessions on the following dates:

Wednesday 13 September 2017

The Committee took evidence from:

  • David Stewart, Policy Lead, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
  • Kenny McKenzie, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in Scotland
  • Denise Christie, Regional Treasurer, Fire Brigades Union Scotland

Link to Papers for Meeting on 13 September 2017
Link to Official Report of Meeting on 13 September 2017

Following the meeting, the Committee wrote to the Scottish Government and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in Scotland to seek further information on issues raised during the evidence session:

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in Scotland responded to the Committee's letter on 22 September 2017:

The Minister for Local Government and Housing responded to the Committee's letter on 25 September 2017:

Wednesday 20 September 2017

The Committee took evidence from:

  • John Wood, Policy Manager, Communities Team, COSLA
  • Michael Thain, Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers
  • Dave Aitken, and Alan McAulay, Local Authority Building Standards Scotland
  • Raymond Barlow, Assistant Head of Planning and Building Standards, Glasgow City Council

Link to Papers for Meeting on 20 September 2017
Link to Official Report of Meeting on 20 September 2017
Written Submission from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in Scotland

Following the meeting, the Convener wrote to the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council in relation to cladding found on private high-rise buildings:

The Minister for Local Government and Housing responded to the Convener's letter of 20 September 2017:

The Leader of Glasgow City Council responded to the Convener's letter on 21 September 2017:

The Leader of Glasgow City Council provided further correspondence to the Committee on 16 October 2017:

Wednesday 27 September 2017

The Committee took evidence from:

  • Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government and Housing, and Bill Dodds, Head of Building Standards, Scottish Government;
  • David McGown, Assistant Chief Officer, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

Link to Papers for Meeting on 27 September 2017
Link to Official Report of Meeting on 27 September 2017

Following the meeting, the Minister for Local Government and Housing wrote to the Convener with a response to issues raised during the meeting:

The Minister for Local Government and Housing has also written to local authorities, following the meeting on 27 September 2017, to reinforce the range of enforcement powers available to them:

The Minister for Local Government and Housing wrote to the Convener on 10 October 2017 with an update on cladding found on private high-rise buildings:

 The Minister for Local Government and Housing wrote to the Convener on 13 October 2017 with further clarity on the use of the inventory and ensuring that information requests about privately owned high rise properties is complied with: 

Timetable

  • 7 February 2017: launch of call for views
  • 28 February 2017: closure of call for views
  • 3 May 2017: evidence session with stakeholders
  • 14 June 2017: evidence session with stakeholders

Consideration of Building Regulations and Fire Safety

  • 13 September 2017: evidence session with stakeholders
  • 20 September 2017: evidence session with stakeholders
  • 27 September 2017: evidence session with the Scottish Government