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Verifiers Role

LA verifiers with local expertise and independent scrutiny help deliver compliant buildings

Principal role

The principal role of the verifier is to consider and make decisions on building warrant and other associated applications and to consider applications for Completion Certificate through the process of reasonable inquiry.

Scottish Ministers have appointed local authorities as sole verifiers for their own geographical area for a 6 year period ending in April 2017. Verifiers should be impartial and their working practices, transparent, competent and consistent in their activity and accountable for their actions.

In order to meet this requirement each verifier is required to comply with the requirement of a performance framework introduced in October 2012. The intention of the Performance Framework is to improve the quality of the verification service delivery as well as take forward the compliance with building regulations agenda to ensure consistency and predictability of verification activities.

What LABSS members do

Your responsibilities as a building owner, developer or homeowner, the "relevant person" under the Act, MUST complement the verifier role.

Building standards surveyors cannot and are not required to supervise or monitor every activity on a building project nor can they be present at all times. The supervision of building work is the responsibility of the building owner or developer who should appoint a building professional to supervise the work to ensure the standard of workmanship is satisfactory and meets the building regulations.

The purpose of the building standards system is to protect the public interest. It is not intended to provide protection to a client in a contract with a builder. The system, therefore, does not so much control building as set out the essential standards to be met when building work or a conversion takes place, and only to the extent necessary to meet the building regulations. 

Our surveyors and inspectors working in local authorities protect the public interest by carrying out the following duties:

Verification is the Local Authority Building Standards service primary role and involves

  • pre-application advice,
  • building warrants,
  • dispensations,
  • relaxations,
  • views,
  • site inspections,
  • completion certificates, and
  • maintenance of building standards register and records

Statutory Enforcement to fulfill the council’s statutory duties in relation to non-compliance of building standards, unauthorised work and dangerous and defective buildings is also undertaken by the Building Standards Services

Other services can include:

  • Safety at Sports Grounds
  • Emergency planning
  • Reporting on Licensing  for premises and structures
  • Solicitors’ Property Enquiries for Letters of Comfort
  • Street naming and numberings
  • Cross-departmental liaison on fire risk assessment and health and safety matters
  • Housing standards and
  • Providing advice on disabled access matters to the local Access Panel

Use our Postcode search for your local authority verifier to find your local authority buildings standards service and the duties it carries out.

Local Authority Building Standards Services will strive to meet your needs at all times and operate under an agreed Performance Framework.

However, should things go wrong then LABSS and the authorities have a Dispute Resolution Process in place should you wish to lodge a formal complaint on a matter of interpretation or process. This does not negate a local authorities' formal comments and complaints processes.