The Building Standards team is dedicated to ensuring that buildings in Shetland are safe and convenient to use and that energy used for heat and light is conserved; all in accordance with the regulations and guidance promoted by the Building Standards Division of the Scottish Government. We also provide warrants for the demolition of buildings and work closely with the rest of the Planning team.
Before starting construction work we recommend that you contact us to discuss your proposals. Alternatively, you will find answers to a number of frequently asked questions on our web site, covering such queries as ‘How do I obtain a building Warrant?’ and ‘Is there a charge?’
Please take a look at the Building Standards Customer Journey document for information on building works or home improvements:
Building Standards Customer Journey
Carrying out warrantable works without a building warrant is not only illegal but may cause difficulties during any future property transaction.
A fee is payable at the time of Application, for any Amendments and Building Warrant extensions. Discounts are available at the time of application subject to the provision of valid registered certificates of design, or if the works are solely for the use of a disabled person.
For warrantable works carried out without a warrant before 1 May 2005 we don’t intend to take any action unless the building becomes dangerous or defective, in which case further action will be considered to ensure the safety of occupants and passers-by.
The progress of any application can be tracked using our online register.We aim to process your application or enquiry as quickly as possible and provide a duty officer service at 8 North Ness, Lerwick and an email enquiry inbox service. The duty officer is available between 9.00am and 10.30am Monday to Thursday. Appointment outside of these times can be arranged subject to officer availability.