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Certifier of Design or Construction

Certification supports verification through an optional non-mandatory route for the implementation of building regulations in Scotland and is only relevant to work that requires a building warrant.

The Building (Scotland) Act 2003 permits the design or construction of building work to be certified by qualified, experienced, and reputable building professionals and tradespeople as complying with the building regulations without the need for detailed scrutiny of designs (or inspections in certain cases)  by Local Authorities.

Certification may only be undertaken by an approved Certifier of Design or an approved Certifier of Construction who is registered in an appropriate approved certification scheme and, where relevant, holds the appropriate designation(s) in such a scheme. They must also be employed by a body (a business or other body) that has been approved as adopting suitably professional practice to provide a certification service, including quality assurance procedures to check compliance with building regulations and is registered in an appropriate approved certification scheme.

The certification system is operated by the Scottish Government's Building Standards Division (BSD) and is delivered through schemes approved by Scottish Ministers. Certification is applicable to both design and construction of building work. Schemes are audited annually by BSD.

Certification is:

  • embedded in the Act;
  • embedded in the building warrant process;
  • embedded in the Verification during Construction (CCNP) Process /reasonable inquiry.

The following schemes and scheme providers have been approved.

Scheme Name

Scheme Provider

CERTIFICATION OF DESIGN (BUILDING STRUCTURES)

Structural Engineers Registration Ltd

CERTIFICATION OF CONSTRUCTION (ELECTRICAL INSTALLATIONS TO BS 7671)

SELECT

CERTSURE LLP trading as NICEIC

CERTIFICATION OF DESIGN (SECTION 6 - ENERGY) FOR NON-DOMESTIC BUILDINGS

BRE Global Ltd

CERTIFICATION OF DESIGN (SECTION 6 - ENERGY) FOR DOMESTIC BUILDINGS

BRE Global Ltd

RIAS Services Ltd

CERTIFICATION OF CONSTRUCTION (DRAINAGE, HEATING AND PLUMBING)

Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers Federation (SNIPEF)

 

If you want to know more about the Approved Body or Certifier under these scheme go to the Scottish Building Standards Certification (SBSC) website.​

For an overview of the type of issues currently being discussed and developed refer to the Resource Library section of this website under Publications. A series of roadshows presented jointly by the Certifiers and LABSS with input from BSD was held in late 2014 at Inverurie, Stirling and Ayr. Presentations from the roadshows can be accessed here.

 

For further information refer to: