Apply for a building warrant

A building warrant is the legal permission to start building work, or to convert or demolish a building.

If you are doing building work or home improvements, follow these 4 steps:

  1. Find out if the work you propose requires a building warrant.
  2. If a building warrant is required, decide who will make the application: you or an agent acting on your behalf.
  3. Get plans and a specification prepared for the proposed work.
  4. Submit a building warrant application and fee.

We offer an outreach service for customers who may have difficulties reaching our offices.

Is a building warrant the same as planning permission?

No, building warrant and planning permission are two entirely separate permissions. In many cases, both building warrant and planning permission are needed. 

Midlothian Council Planning Section can give guidance on planning permission.