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Alternative solutions (determinations)

Where a proposal fails to meet the guidance contained in the Technical Standards but the designer considers this can be achieved by an alternative method, we can consider such proposals through a process we term a Determination.

How to submit your application and how it is considered

  1. It is important that you discuss your proposals with us in advance to determine feasibility.
  2. Submit an icon Determination Application submission [69Kb] which must be accompanied by sufficient supporting information to allow an informed decision to be made.
  3. We will then undertake consultation with other interested parties as deemed appropriate.
  4. We will then issue the decision notice. Note if a warrant has already been approved and the determination results in changes from the approved plans you will require to obtain an amendment of warrant.

Where a proposal fails to meet a Mandatory Building Regulation (they are highlighted in the Technical Handbooks)

In such circumstances the Local Authority cannot consider a request for an alternative solution, this requires to be subject of an application for relaxation.

A relaxation application can only be considered by the Building Standards Division of the Scottish Government.

Contact details

Building Standards

Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5GD
Tel 01738 475300