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02 December 2020 BSD Introduce new Standards with effect from 1 March 2021

CHANGES TO LEGISLATION AND GUIDANCE FOR MARCH 2021 

BUILDING (SCOTLAND) ACT 2003: SECTIONS 4(2) AND 4(4) NOTICE RELATING TO GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS 

 

I am writing to advise you that the Building (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2020 will come into force on 1 March 2021. There are also significant changes to the Building Standards Technical Handbooks that come into force on 1 March 2021. A summary of the changes is attached in Annex A. 

 

The Technical Handbooks are currently only available electronically in html format. A pdf version will be made available when access to centralised IT equipment becomes available. Full details of the changes to legislation and guidance are published on our website at https://www.gov.scot/policies/building-standards/monitoring-improving-building-regulations/. 

 

The 2020 Technical Handbooks for domestic and non-domestic buildings apply from 1 March 2021 and the notice issued by the Scottish Ministers under sections 4(2) and 4(4) of the Building (Scotland) Act 2003 is attached in Annex B. 

 

Verifiers should consider the receipt of applications for building warrant carefully to avoid incomplete applications being submitted to circumvent compliance with the revised standards and guidance. 

 

Domestic Handbook

 

Non-Domestic Handbook