The building standards system in Scotland is administered by the thirty-two local authority verifiers appointed by me as the Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning. Verifiers carry out the important function of protecting the public interest by providing an independent check of applications for building warrants to construct or demolish buildings, to provide services, fittings or equipment in buildings, or building conversions. They check the work during the design phase before granting a building warrant and during the construction phase before accepting a completion certificate. This is delivered with a modest number of people in the workforce.
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