REPAIRINGORREPLACINGSTRUCTURAL ELEMENTS Unlike repairs to coverings or linings, work involving structural elements generally will require a building warrant. As an example, the following work will require a building warrant If you are planning to underpin your foundations If you are planning to demolish and rebuild external walls or load bearing internal walls Replacing structural elements of a floor i.e. floor joists or changing the construction of a floor i.e. changing from timber to concrete Altering the roof structure, this includes altering the roof configuration to gain more head height INSULATING YOUR PROPERTY The Government are promoting the conservation of fuel and energy as i t attempts to combat the growing problem of global warming. If you are seeking to improve the thermal insulation in your property then you will not require a building warrant – unless you are planning to have an insulated render or other such externally applied thermal insulation system added to your external walls. You are advised again that when installing insulation either below floors, in external wall cavities or in the roofspace that the work is carried out in compliance with building regulations. For example ensure that ventilation paths are not affected and ensure the products you use are suitable for their purpose. FURTHER INFORMATION The website of the Scottish Building Standards Division w w w .sc ot l an d .g o v .u k /b ui l di n g st an d ard s contains full details of the Building Standards system in Scotland including all legislation, which is free to download. It is recommended that all electrical works are carried out by a member of a trade body such as NICEIC or SELECT further details can be found at www.niceic.com www.seclect.org.uk If you require further clarification on work that does not require a building warrant, you can contact building standards at the following offices: Pullar House 35 Kinnoull Street, PERTH PH2 5GD Phone 01738 475300 E mail [email protected] Additional leaflets offering guidance on other exempt work are available from our office, and are re p r od u ce d on o ur w eb si t e (www.pkc.gov.uk) BUILDING STANDARDS HOUSEHOLDER INFORMATION LEAFLET UNDERTAKING ELECTRICAL WORK &/OR MAINTAINING AND REPAIRING YOUR HOUSE? DO YOU NEED TO OBTAIN BUILDING WARRANT? A PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY 1. This leaflet is specifically for people who live in either a detached, semi or terraced house that does not have a storey height of more than 4.5 metres (normally a house up to 2 storeys). 2. The rules and regulations for people who live in flats and maisonettes are quite different. Please refer to the relevant guidance note. 3. This guidance merely relates to Building Warrants, the rules relating to planning approval differ from building standards so you may in some cases require planning consent. You are strongly advised to consult with Development Management to seek clarification before starting work. They can be contacted by telephoning 01738 475300 GUIDANCE ON ELECTRICAL INSTALLATIONS REPLACING WINDOWS AND/OR EXTERNAL DOORS The following table is an extract taken from a guidance document that was jointly produced by the Scottish Building Standards Division and the Scottish Association of Building Standards Managers. The section attached purely relates to work in domestic properties including both flats and houses. If you are planning to replace existing windows and/ or external doors (including doors between the house and ancillary accommodation i.e. a porch or uninsulated conservatory), a building warrant is not required, however the following rules apply:- DOMESTIC BUILDINGS WORK TO EXISTING BUILDINGS type [see note1] Repairs and replacement Re-wiring [see note 2] Electrical fixtures, e.g. luminaries New work Electrical work affected by demolition or alteration of the roof, external walls or elements of structure Electrical work adversely affecting a separating wall, e.g. recessed sockets New power socket outlets Mains fire alarm system Electrical work to automatic opening ventilators (including auto-detection) Electrically operated locks Wiring to artificial lighting Wiring to emergency lighting Electrical work associated with sprinkler system Electrical work associated with new boiler (large) Electrical work associated with new boiler (small) Electrical work associated with new shower Electrical work associated with new extract fan Extra low voltage installations In the table above - R –Warrant Required flat house (up to 2 storeys) house (3 storeys & above) 24 24 R NR NR NR R NR 1 R R R 1 R R R 1 1 R R NR NR R R 1 R NR R 1 1 1 R R R NR NR NR R R R 1 R NR R 1 R NR R 6 NR NR NR 11, 12 NR NR NR 13 NR NR NR 22 NR NR NR NR – Warrant Not Required Note 1 Building work type as referenced in schedule 3 of the Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004 Note 2 A building warrant is not required for rewiring where it is a repair or replacement works to a level equal to the installation (or part thereof) being repaired or replaced. If the work also includes replacing the frame the new windows/doors will require to meet current building regulations. In general this will require an improved thermal performance, which in turn will help to reduce your heating bills. If the work merely involves replacing the glazing without changing the frame, the new windows/ doors only have to be installed to a standard that is no worse than the units being replaced. REPLACING A FIXTURE OR FITTING If you are planning to replace a fixture or fitting in your house such as: sanitary ware (including branch pipes), gutters and downpipes, a solid fuel appliance, an extract fan, an electrical fixture, a chimney or flue outlet fitting, kitchen fitments or other fitted furniture and ironmongery, you will not require to apply for a building warrant. You will however require to ensure that the replacement is to the same standard, or is improved on, that it is replacing. If you are replacing a gas or oil fired boiler, it must be designed and installed in accordance with current building regulations. REPLACING OR REPAIRING WALL RENDERING, WALL OR CEILING LINING, ROOF COVERING OR A FLOOR COVERING If you are intending to repair/replace, either internally or externally, any part of or indeed all of a wall or ceiling lining, cladding or rendering or the flooring of your house, then you will not require a building warrant provided the new material is the same as the material being replaced. For example replacing a metal roof covering with slates is not a direct replacement and therefore would require a building warrant. It is important to ensure that the new work is to a standard that is no worse than which currently existed.