Background and Evidence
The Local Government and Communities Committee has agreed to undertake a short, focussed piece of work on the building standards verification scheme.
The Building (Scotland) Act 2003 gives Scottish Ministers the power to make building regulations to—
- secure the health, safety, welfare and convenience of persons in or about buildings and of others who may be affected by buildings or matters connected with buildings;
- further the conservation of fuel and power;
- and further the achievement of sustainable development.
Scottish Ministers re-appointed all 32 Scottish local authorities as verifiers under section 7 of the Building (Scotland) Act 2003 from 2011 to April 2017. Their role is to implement the regulations set out by the Building (Scotland) Act 2003 when building work or a conversion takes place, and grant building warrants when they are satisfied the work meets requirements.
Current building warrant and associated fees are set out in The Building (Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004.
The Scottish Government launched a consultation on increasing these fees which closed on 9 January 2017 and the intention is to introduce new fees on 1 April 2017. The fees structure has not changed since 2005.
Call for Views
The Local Government and Communities Committee has today (Tuesday 7 February 2017) launched a call for written evidence from all interested parties as part of its scrutiny of the building standards verification scheme.
Organisations and individuals are invited to submit written evidence to the Committee setting out their views on the verification scheme and building warrant fees. Those submitting evidence should feel free to address any, or all, of the questions contained in the Committee's call for views.
To allow the Committee to take account of any views received, submissions should be sent no later than Tuesday 28 February 2017. Due to the focussed nature of this inquiry, please note the shorter than usual timescale for submitting views. For further details on the Committee's call for written evidence, please see the link below.
Read the call for evidence.
We have also produced an online survey which organisations and individuals are welcome to complete if they wish to send views to the Committee in this format. The closing date to complete the survey is Tuesday 28 February 2017. To complete the survey, please follow the link below:
The online survey closed on Tuesday 28 February 2017.
Summary of Online Survey Responses
The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) has produced a summary of the responses received to the online survey. This can be found at the following link:
Read the written submissions received.
Summary of Written Submissions
A summary of the written submissions received by the Committee can be found at the following link:
The Committee will consider the written submissions received before agreeing its next steps.