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Our local expertise and independent scrutiny ensure buildings across Scotland are safe.

Local Authority Building Standards Scotland (LABSS) is a not-for-profit membership organisation which represent Scotland's 32 local authority building standards services - the only appointed verifier for their geographical area. To locate your authority go to Our Partners page or use our postcode search.

With over 500 professional surveyors, inspectors and support staff working in local authorities we provide a locally delivered, independent, transparent, accountable and impartial service with common aims, and procedures. Our aim is to protect the public interest by ensuring that all new buildings and those being altered, extended or converted comply with the building regulations and technical standards.

We work in partnership with building owners, home owners, architects, plan drawers, engineers, developers, building contractors and other professionals to ensure buildings are designed and constructed to be safe, accessible, energy efficient and sustainable.

We approve plans for building warrant and agree a site inspection process before the construction phase starts. We inspect work on site and seek to ensure that buildings meet reasonable standards to enable the acceptance of completion certificates.

In addition we provide the enforcement role for the industry in cases where construction fails to meet the building regulations and we ensure that dangerous or defective buildings are made safe by working in partnership with the emergency services.

We are accountable to our customers through common goals and practices contained in our Key Performance Framework.