Apply for a Building Warrant

A building warrant is the legal permission needed to start building works. Before you apply for a building warrant there are some things you need to know:

View the Scottish Government's building standards customer journey guide (pdf 977KB) to find out more about the process.

If you need a building warrant for simple domestic work with an estimated cost of less than £10,000 we can arrange a fast assessment of your proposal.

Check if you need a building warrant

Building warrant is generally required to erect, alter, extend, convert or demolish a building. Find out if you need a building warrant as not all proposals require it.

It is an offence against the Building (Scotland) Act 2003 to start work without building warrant approval, where one is required. If you have inadvertently started before applying, you must declare this on the application form.

What you need to provide

Whether your application is made online or in paper format we need you to include:

Apply online

You can apply for building warrant online using the national portal from the eDevelopment website. Appropriate forms and guidance are also available through the portal.

Submit a building warrant application online

Apply in paper format

To submit the full application in paper format fill in our building warrant form (PDF 294 KB). You can email it to or send it to our office at ePlanning Team, Aberdeenshire Council, Viewmount, Arduthie Road, Stonehaven, AB39 2DQ.

What happens after

After you submit your building warrant application we will:

  • Notify you once it has been registered
  • Set an initial assessment within 20 working days or notify you if this is not possible (this is not the overall time to obtain a warrant)

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