What is the Building Standards Service?

The role of the service is to ensure the safety of the public and check that buildings are designed in compliance with building regulations.

Is Building Standards for you?
The role of the service is to work with designers, developers and members of the public to ensure that buildings can be used and occupied safely by ensuring that they are designed and built to comply with minimum building regulations requirements.
Site work
You'll be responsible for checking building work on site to ensure the achievement of compliance with minimum standards, in - • small house alterations • new build domestic and non-domestic buildings • high rise and complex high-profile buildings.
A varied working day
Never two days the same - Building standards differs from other surveying roles in that building standards surveyors perform what is essentially an enforcement function, ensuring compliance through the Building Scotland Act 2003.
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Learning and Knowledge
Watch Listen Learn - In addition to construction technology, a building standards surveyor requires a full working knowledge of the Building Regulations and associated legislation

Modern Apprenticeship - Architectural Technology & Building Standards

Modern apprenticeship programme - Building Standards Partnership Course with Fife and UHI/Inverness Colleges - developed in association with the Energy Skills Partnership (ESP) and LABSS


The aim of Modern Apprenticeship programmes is to produce adaptable, multi-skilled staff who can meet the needs of your business in the present and the future.

Employing a Modern Apprentice means making a commitment to invest in their learning and personal development. In return, the Apprentice makes a commitment to work for the benefit of your organisation. This is formalised in an Individual Training Plan, which is signed by all parties.

This Architectural Technology & Building Standards partnership is an entirely on-line course with NO requirement to physically attend either college. 


Graduate Apprenticeship - Study towards a degree in Construction and The Built Environment while in paid, full-time employment

Overview The purpose of this programme is to produce graduates with the skills, knowledge and behaviours to make a valuable contribution in the professional areas of Building Surveying, Quantity Surveying, Real Estate Surveying and Architectural Technology . Graduates will develop abilities across the core and emerging areas of their chosen degree pathway allowing them to apply their work-based learning in an academic context and to take their University learning into the workplace to make a valuable contribution to the creation, improvement and maintenance of the built environment. As well as a number of common modules taught in the first and second years, there are specific modules focusing on the core competencies relevant to the individual pathways. The application of professional skill-sets to solve scenario-based problems on all of the Construction and the Built Environment pathways is key to our work-based learning strategy. Graduate Apprentices will spend approximately 80% of their time in work and 20% in university, with work based learning projects allowing Graduate Apprentices to attain an honours degree in 4 years, the same time as traditional full-time students.

Current Building Standards Vacancies

myjobscotland provides access to current building standards vacancies in Scotland. You should also check My World of Work which provides good advice and valued information in your search for a job in Building Standards - start on "Getting a Job" page and search Building Standards. Similarly Linked-in can provide a good source for accessing job vacancies in Building Standards.

LABSS Ambassadors

Promotion of the building standards profession can be done most effectively by the people in those job roles who can speak from their lived experience.  On that basis, an Ambassadors Network has been established with people working in the profession from across Scotland.  Ambassadors are taking part in outreach activities with schools, colleges and universities.  Further volunteers are welcome to join the network and participate in activities that will raise awareness of what the building standards profession does. 

Career Experiences

See for yourselves the enthusiasm of current Building Standards colleagues

Building Standards

What is Building Standards?

The role of the service is to ensure the safety of the public and check that buildings are designed in compliance with building regulations. The checking process runs from design stage through to construction and completion. The service is provided by each of Scotland’s 32 Local Authorities and they are looking for people to join this exciting profession.

Workforce Strategy

Over the next 3 years, actions from the strategy will assist local authority verifiers to improve their operational resilience, develop entry points for a career into the building standards profession and promote building standards as a rewarding professional career in the public sector.