Verifier function

Scottish Minister's have re-appointed all 32 Scottish Local Authorities as verifiers under section 7 of the Building (Scotland) Act 2003 from 1 May 2017. The period of appointments differ (six years, three years or one year) depending on past performance of the individual local authority.

South Ayrshire Council was re-appointed in 2017 as the building standards verifier for the South Ayrshire geographical area for 3 years until 30th April 2020. This re-appointment requires the building standards service to verify the design and construction of building work for compliance with Building Regulations and Technical Building Standards and to satisfy the demands of the Scottish Government’s performance framework for verifiers.

New performance framework

The appointments are also conditional on the verifiers meeting the Operating Framework 2017 and the Performance Framework 2017. This includes satisfying Scottish Ministers that they are meeting, and continue to meet, performance measures.

Verifiers will be subject to regular monitoring and periodic inspection by Scottish Government. Any extension to the one or three year appointment periods will be subject to the local authority demonstrating improvements in their performance.

Building Standards Verification - Annual Verification Performance Report

As part of the new performance framework, the Scottish Government requires all verifiers to publish an annual performance report from 1st May 2017. This will replace the current Balanced Scorecard and Continuous Improvement Plan and will include previous years performance data and targets.

The Verifiers Role

The principal role of the verifier is to grant building warrants once they are satisfied that the design will satisfy the expanded functional standards introduced by the Act.

Verifiers should be impartial and their working practices transparent;

Verifiers should be competent and consistent in their activity;

Verifiers must be accountable for their actions.

Customer Charter

View the Building Standards Customer Charter

Customer Satisfaction

Results for South Ayrshire Council from the National Customer Satisfaction Survey to Support the Building Standards Verification Performance Framework report by Pye Tait Consulting Year on year comparison (out of 10).

2019 – 7.7
2018 – 6.7
2017 – 7.8
2016 – 8.1
2015 – 8.0
2014 – 8.1

Customer feedback helps us identify areas where we can make improvements.

Balanced scorecard

The Balanced Scorecard has been adopted by South Ayrshire Council as the preferred means of demonstrating best value.

It should be noted that the Balanced Scorecard only covers the Verification role of Building Standards, i.e. the verification of Building Warrant applications and completion certificates. It takes no account of the add-ons such as enforcement and general advice/guidance.

Continuous Improvement Plan

Public interest and continuous improvement are cross-cutting themes and the work to achieve the KPO’s is monitored using the following Continuous Improvement Plan.

Quarterly performance

2018/19 Q1 April-June 2018/19 Q2 July-Sept 2018/19 Q3 Oct-Dec 2018/19 Q4 Jan-Mar 2019/20 Q1 April-June 2019/20 Q2 July-Sept 2019/20 Q3 Oct-Dec 2019/20 Q4 Jan-Apr 2020/21 Q1 Apr-June
KPO1(a) - Time to issue a building warrant or amendment to warrant from receipt of application
Total number of BWs and amendments issued258295310267337308216359175
Average time per BW (Working Days)60.2065.2060.8359.7560.9657.6260.5268.1668.53
KPO1(b) - Time to issue a first report
Number of first reports issued274308322288344298266314184
% within 15 days27.37%32.79%53.11%61.11%64.83%58.05%53.01%53.82%54.89%
% more than 15 days and within 20 days17.52%13.31%10.56%12.50%13.37%20.13%21.8%19.43%3.80%
% more than 20 days and within 35 days39.05%24.68%22.67%17.71%15.12%17.11%20.30%24.20%19.57%
% more than 35 days16.06%29.22%13.04%8.68%6.69%4.70%4.89%2.55%21.74%
KPO1(c) - Time to issue a building or amendment from receipt of satisfactory information
Total number of BWs and amendments issued167182254159186190143218146
% within 6 days36.53%18.13%46.85%24.53%29.03%26.32%20.98%14.68%58.22%
% more than 6 days and within 10 days27.54%20.88%16.93%22.01%28.49%26.84%20.98%18.35%6.16%
% more than 10 days and within 15 days9.58%18.13%13.78%18.87%18.82%25.79%22.38%25.69%4.11%
% more than 15 days26.53%42.31%22.4%33.33%20.97%17.89%32.87%37.61%26.71%
KPO2 - Compliance during construction
Number of CCNPs for "accepted" completion certificates1531782262362062322081670%
% of CCNPs fully achieved for "accepted" (by relevant person and verifier) completion certificates53.59%68.54%52.65%54.66%50.97%59.91%63.94%53.89%0%
% of CCNPs fully achieved by "Relevant Person"53.59%38.54%52.65%54.66%50.97%59.91%63.94%53.89%0%
% of CCNPs fully achieved by "Verifier"100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%0%
Customer Charter published on verifier websiteYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Customer Charter web address on verifier websiteYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Customer Charter reviewed since last reporting period000000000
Number of cases referred to LABSS Dispute Resolution Process000000000
Number of cases referred to LA Complaints formal procedure000000000
Number of cases referred to SG Verifier Performance Reporting Service for Customers000000000
Number of SG Verifier Performance Reporting Service cases responded to by verifier within 5 days000000000
Satisfaction rating from the last National Customer Survey7.
eBS published on verifier websiteYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
eBS published weblinkYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Number of applications for building warrant or amendment submitted through SG eBS system230205196242265308283257152
Number of completion certificates submitted through SG eBS system2935154631158613510529
Number of other forms submitted through SG eBS system251286278334481475433522440
Verifier Performance Report published on verifier websiteYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Verifier Performance Report published weblinkYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Verifier Performance Report reviewed since last reporting periodYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Verifier Performance Report includes performance dataYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Section 25 – compliance - No. of notices served012000000
Section 26 - continuing requirement - No. of notices served000000000
Section 27 – enforcement - No. of notices served000322140
Section 28 - defective building - No. of notices served000000000
Section 29 - dangerous building emergency action -How many instances LA has taken action000010000
Section 30 - dangerous building - No. of notices served000010000
Procurator fiscal - No. of enforcement cases referred000000000
Local authority undertaking work (in default) - No. of cases where local authority have undertaken work000000000