Building warrant approval is the approval granted by the local authority in order that a building may be constructed, extended, altered, converted or demolished.
It is important to understand that building warrant approval is completely separate to planning approval. In general terms planning approval deals with the aesthetics of a building and building warrant approval deals with the technical details of the construction.
The building warrant approval looks at 7 key areas of the building design. These are:
- Structure. The buildings structure and fabric.
- Fire. The protection of a building and life safety fire systems to protect their occupants.
- Environment. How buildings affect the environment and how the environment affects buildings.
- Safety. Ensuring that buildings are designed in such a way that they are safe for occupants both in and around the building.
- Noise. The control of noise within a building from room to room and the control of noise through the external fabric of the building.
- Energy. The insulating envelop of a building and the ability of building to efficiently use the heating, ventilation and cooling systems within them.
- Sustainability. The appropriate incorporation of renewable technologies within buildings.
The building warrant process also requires input from other consultants. Principally this is a structural engineer but can include mechanical & electrical, environmental & geotechnical and fire consultants.
Architects services: How we deal with the building warrant
At Spacesix architects we have a detailed knowledge of both the Scottish Domestic and Non-Domestic Technical Handbooks which assesses our designs in all of the above areas. This ensures the architectural element of our building warrant submissions are dealt with promptly and with a minimum of fuss.