The principal role of the Building Standards function of local authorities is laid out in the Building (Scotland) Act 2003.
The primary functions of the Building Standards Section is to provide:-
- administration of the Building Warrant Process
- enforcement of the Building Regulations
- enforcement of public safety issues, including dealing with dangerous buildings
- advising on issues relating to access for the disabled.
Building Standards Officers have to scrutinise plans for proposed development to ensure compliance with current Building Regulations. Site inspections may be carried out during the construction process and at completion, when, if the building complies with the regulations it is given a Completion Certificate.
In addition to this work, Building Standards Officers have the responsibility of ensuring that owners of dangerous buildings take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of people in and around these buildings and also of the general public and other buildings in the vicinity.