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LABSS STAKEHOLDERS

Local authority verifiers have dealings with many stakeholders while carrying out their verification and enforcement duties. The following links will take you to the relevant websites/documents where further information/guidance can be obtained:

Government and Local Authority Bodies

BSD                 Building Standards Division responsible to the Scottish Government for the administration of the Building Standards System in Scotland.

LA                    32 Scottish Local Authority Building Standards Services appointed by the BSD to carry out the verification and enforcement roles contained in the Building (Scotland) Act 2003. When you access the local authority website you will also be able to view other departments and services who you may have to consult in relation to your building project  including Planning, Roads and Transportation, Environmental Health, Licensing etc.

HSE                The Health and Safety Executive's mission is to prevent death, injury and ill health in Great Britain's workplaces

COSLA            The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities is the national association of Scottish councils. It acts as an employers' association for member authorities and exists to promote and protect the interests of councils by providing a forum for discussion with central government, other bodies and the public.

LABC               Local Authority Building Control – a limited company that represents the local authority building control in England & Wales and which works in partnership with LABSS.

Consultees for building warrant process

SFRS               The main purpose of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is to work in partnership with communities, the public and private sectors and other agencies on fire safety, prevention, protection and emergency response to improve the safety and wellbeing of people throughout Scotland.

COAL AUTHORITY  The Coal Authority provides reports on coal mining, brine subsidence claims and natural subsidence hazards

SCOTTISH WATER  Scottish Water is a publicly owned company, answerable to the Scottish Parliament. It provides 1.3 billion litres of drinking water every day and take away 840 million litres of waste water daily.

SEPA              The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is Scotland’s environmental regulator which purpose is to protect and improve the environment, including the sustainable management of natural resources.

​HISTORIC SCOTLAND Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government and is charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment and promoting its understanding and enjoyment on behalf of Scottish Ministers.

CARE COMMISSION The Care Commission makes sure that care service providers meet the Scottish Government's National Care Standards and works to improve the quality of care.

ACCESS PANELS  The Scottish Disability Equality Forum is the umbrella body for Access Panels in Scotland which are volunteers that work together to improve physical access and wider social inclusion in their local communities. This link will provide will give contact details for local access panels.

PUBLIC ANALYST  Building Standards Services can use the Public Analyst for the scientific investigation of possible hazardous materials encountered during the demolition/making safe of dangerous or defective buildings.

OTHER UTILITIES

Certification

SBSC              Scottish Building Services Certification is an information portal to support the Scottish building services industry in the delivery of the certification requirements of The Building (Scotland) Act 2003.

Certifiers of Design (appointed by the BSD)

SER                 Structural Engineers Registration Ltd administer a scheme for Certification of Design (Building Structure). The Scheme is a joint initiative by the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). SER certifying engineers produce SER structural design certificates accompanied by drawings/details that local authority verifiers must accept as complying with Section 1 (Structures) of the Building Regulations.

BRE                 Building Research Establishment  administer a scheme for the Energy Certification of Domestic and Non Domestic (commercial) Buildings in Scotland. BRE certifiers produce BRE energy design certificates accompanied by drawings/details that local authority verifiers must accept as complying with Section 6 (Energy) of the Building Regulations.

RIAS              Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland administer a scheme for the Energy Certification of Domestic and Non Domestic (commercial) Buildings in Scotland. RIAS certifiers produce RIAS energy design certificates accompanied by drawings/details that local authority verifiers must accept as complying with Section 6 (Energy) of the Building Regulations.

Certifiers of Construction (appointed by the BSD)

SELECT           SELECT is Scotland's trade association for the electrical industry which administers a scheme for the certification of electrical installations in domestic and non-domestic buildings. SELECT certifiers produce certificates of construction for electrical installations that local authority verifiers must accept as complying with the relevant areas of Section 4 (Safety) of the Building Regulations.

NICEIC             National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting, now trading as Certsure LLP, is a UK wide organisation which administers a scheme for the certification of electrical installations in domestic and non-domestic buildings. NICEIC (Certsure LLP) certifiers produce certificates of construction for electrical installations that local authority verifiers must accept as complying with the relevant areas of Section 4 (Safety) of the Building Regulations.

SNIPEF           Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers Federation is an organisation which administers a scheme for the certification of drains, plumbing & heating installations in domestic and non-domestic buildings. SNIPEF certifiers produce certificates of construction for drains, plumbing & heating installations that local authority verifiers must accept as complying with the relevant areas of Section 3 Environment and Section 4 (Safety) of the Building Regulations

Partnership Schemes

ELG                 Expert Liaison Group will investigate compliance issues arising from the Building Standards Regulatory process wherever they occur.

PAS                Partnering Authority Scheme provides a one-door approach for developers for projects to be built throughout Scotland.

STAS               Scottish Type Approval Scheme approves standard domestic and non-domestic buildings to be built anywhere in Scotland.

RD              Registered Details, in collaboration with LABC, provides registrations of components, products and innovative designs acceptable throughout the whole of the UK.

MOUs               Memorandums of Understanding provide framework of co-operation and collaboration between Scotland’s 32 Building Standards verifiers and their stakeholders through working agreements with LABSS.

SFRS MOU       Scottish Fire and Rescue Service MOU - the scope of the SFRS MOU covers relevant functions of each organisation, areas of co-operation, exchange of information, training initiatives and joint promotion and publicity.

HFS MOU         Homes for Scotland MOU - the scope of the HFS MOU covers agreed procedures for dealing with expired building warrants for legacy housing development sites to allow warrants with unfinished work to be completed under an extended building warrant.

Industry

HFS                  Homes For Scotland is the voice of the Scottish home building industry, representing companies delivering 95% of new homes built for sale as well as a significant proportion of affordable housing.

SPF                  Scottish Property Federation is the trade body that lobbies the Scottish Government on behalf of the property industry in Scotland.

SRC                 Scottish Retail Consortium is the trade association of Scotland’s retail sector and is the authoritative voice of the industry to policy makers, opinion formers and to the media.

GGF                 Glass and Glazing Federation represents companies who make, supply or fit, glass and glazing products in the UK and internationally.

SWA                 Scotch Whisky Association promotes, protects and represents the interests of the whisky industry in Scotland and around the world.

SFP                  The Scottish Football Partnership aids football in Scotland through grant funding projects for non-professional grassroots football/charitable projects.

NHBC              National House Builders Council is the standard setting body and leading home construction warranty and insurance provider for new and newly-converted homes in the UK.

FMB                The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is the UK's largest trade association in the building industry, with national offices in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, supported by additional regional offices. 

Professional bodies

IStructE            Institution of Structural Engineers

ICE                   Institution of Civil Engineers

RIAS                Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland

RIBA                Royal Institute of British Architects

RICS                Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

CABE             Chartered Association of Building Engineers

CIOB               Chartered Institute of Building

CIAT              Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists

UKAS Accredited Test Houses

BBA                 British Board of Agrément

BRE                 Building Research Establishment