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
KPO1(a) - Time to issue a building warrant or amendment to warrant from receipt of application 
Total number of BWs and amendments issued258295310267337308
Average time per BW (Working Days)60.2065.2060.8359.7560.9657.62
KPO1(b) - Time to issue a first report 
Number of first reports issued274308322288344298
% within 15 days27.37%32.79%53.11%61.11%64.83%58.05%
% more than 15 days and within 20 days17.52%13.31%10.56%12.50%13.37%20.13%
% more than 20 days and within 35 days39.05%24.68%22.67%17.71%15.12%17.11%
% more than 35 days16.06%29.22%13.04%8.68%6.69%4.70%
KPO1(c) - Time to issue a building or amendment from receipt of satisfactory information 
Total number of BWs and amendments issued167182254159186190
% within 6 days36.53%18.13%46.85%24.53%29.03%26.32%
% more than 6 days and within 10 days27.54%20.88%16.93%22.01%28.49%26.84%
% more than 10 days and within 15 days9.58%18.13%13.78%18.87%18.82%25.79%
% more than 15 days26.53%42.31%22.4%33.33%20.97%17.89%
KPO2 - Compliance during construction 
Number of CCNPs for "accepted" completion certificates153178226236206232
% of CCNPs fully achieved for "accepted" (by relevant person and verifier) completion certificates53.59%68.54%52.65%54.66%50.97%59.91%
% of CCNPs fully achieved by "Relevant Person"53.59%38.54%52.65%54.66%50.97%59.91%
% of CCNPs fully achieved by "Verifier"100%100%100%100%100%100%
Customer Charter published on verifier websiteYesYesYesYesYesYes
Customer Charter web address on verifier websiteYesYesYesYesYesYes
Customer Charter reviewed since last reporting period000000
Number of cases referred to LABSS Dispute Resolution Process000000
Number of cases referred to LA Complaints formal procedure000000
Number of cases referred to SG Verifier Performance Reporting Service for Customers000000
Number of SG Verifier Performance Reporting Service cases responded to by verifier within 5 days000000
Satisfaction rating from the last National Customer Survey7.
eBS published on verifier websiteYesYesYesYesYesYes
eBS published weblinkYesYesYesYesYesYes
Number of applications for building warrant or amendment submitted through SG eBS system230205196242265308
Number of completion certificates submitted through SG eBS system29351546311586
Number of other forms submitted through SG eBS system251286278334481475
Verifier Performance Report published on verifier websiteYesYesYesYesYesYes
Verifier Performance Report published weblinkYesYesYesYesYesYes
Verifier Performance Report reviewed since last reporting periodYesYesYesYesYesYes
Verifier Performance Report includes performance dataYesYesYesYesYesYes
Section 25 – compliance - No. of notices served012000
Section 26 - continuing requirement - No. of notices served000000
Section 27 – enforcement - No. of notices served000322
Section 28 - defective building - No. of notices served000000
Section 29 - dangerous building emergency action -How many instances LA has taken action000010
Section 30 - dangerous building - No. of notices served000010
Procurator fiscal - No. of enforcement cases referred000000
Local authority undertaking work (in default) - No. of cases where local authority have undertaken work00000