The Building (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2023

Jurisdiction: Scotland

Commencement: 1st April 2024

Amends: The Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004

Mini Summary

The Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004 are made under the Building (Scotland) Act 2003 and give requirements for the functional standards of buildings.

These Regulations lay down building requirements and controls on the construction, conversion and demolition of certain buildings as well as on the provision of services, fittings and equipment in or in connection with those buildings, to ensure that work is carried out safely and to a safe standard.


Various duties apply.



New domestic and non-domestic buildings completed after 1st April 2024 are no longer allowed to be heated or cooled using a direct emission heating system, in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.This does not apply to:

  • alterations to, or extension of, a pre-2024 building;
  • building completed before April 2024;
  • building contracted to start before April 2024 and finish before 1st July 2024;
  • emergency heating*; or
  • heating provided solely for the purpose of frost protection.

*Emergency heating means a fixed combustion appliance installation which is installed to be used only in the event of the failure of a service system which is designed and installed for use during normal operation of the building.


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