Fast Assessment Building Warrant (FABWS)

Aberdeenshire Council offer a Fast Assessment Service for Building Warrant applications for domestic work with an estimated cost of less than £10,000 such as:

  • Minor alterations to the layout of a dwelling, which require Building Warrant approval
  • Installation of roof lights
  • Installation of patio or french doors
  • Garden fences or walls, which require Building Warrant approval

A Building Standards Surveyor will decide whether the work is eligible for consideration under this service.

To apply: 

Arrange an appointment with a Building Standards Surveyor and bring:

  • A completed and signed Application for Building Warrant (Form A)
  • Three copies of sufficiently detailed drawings 
  • Structural Certification if necessary
  • The appropriate building warrant fee


  • The Building Standards Surveyor checks the proposal for compliance with the Technical Standards
  • Amendments may be completed during the appointment, or you may be provided with a list of requirements and a further meeting will be arranged 
  • The completed proposals are forwarded for the relevant approval documentation to be processed. Approval may take up to five days and is valid for three years.  
  • The documents will be mail out or can be collected when ready.  In some cases it may be possible to obtain approval the same day.
  • You inform us when work begins and when it is completed, using the forms within the approval pack.
  • You are contacted to arrange inspection.

For more information please contact your local Building Standards Surveyor

FAWBS leaflet (pdf 138 KB)

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