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Building (Scotland) Act 2003

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(1)In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

  • “approved certifier of construction” and “approved certifier of design” are to be construed in accordance with section 7(1) and (2),

  • “building” is to be construed in accordance with section 55,

  • “building regulations” means regulations under section 1(1); and references to building regulations in relation to a building of a particular description are references to so much of the regulations as apply to a building of that description,

  • “building regulations compliance notice” has the meaning given by section 25(3),

  • “Building Standards Advisory Committee” has the meaning given in section 31(1),

  • “building standards register” has the meaning given in section 24(1),

  • “building warrant” has the meaning given in section 8(1) and includes, in the case of a warrant which has been granted, any conditions to which it is subject and any amendment which has been made to it,

  • “building warrant enforcement notice” has the meaning given by section 27(2),

  • “certifier” means an approved certifier of design or an approved certifier of construction,

  • “completion certificate” means a certificate submitted to a verifier under section 17(1), (4) or (7) or in pursuance of a building warrant enforcement notice under section 27(2)(a),

  • “construct” includes alter, erect and extend, and “construction” and related expressions are to be construed accordingly,

  • “continuing requirement enforcement notice” has the meaning given by section 26(2),

  • “convert”, in relation to a building, means to make such change in the occupation or use of the building as building regulations may specify, and “conversion” and related expressions are to be construed accordingly,

  • “dangerous building” is to be construed in accordance with section 29(1),

  • “dangerous building notice” has the meaning given in section 29(6),

  • “defective building notice” has the meaning given in section 28(1),

  • “local authority” means a council constituted under section 2 of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994 (c. 39); and references to a local authority, in relation to a building, are to the authority in whose area the building is situated,

  • “owner”, in relation to land or buildings, includes any person who, under the Lands Clauses Acts, would be enabled to sell and convey the land or buildings to the promoters of an undertaking,

  • “private road” means a road not maintainable by the Scottish Ministers or a local roads authority (whether or not comprising a public right of way),

  • “procedure regulations” means regulations under section 33(1),

  • “public road” means a road maintainable by the Scottish Ministers or a local roads authority,

  • “road” has the same meaning as in the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 (c. 54) except that it also includes any drain or ditch at the side of a road,

  • “verifier” means a person appointed in pursuance of section 7(1)(a),

  • “work” in relation to a building includes work carried out in relation to the enclosure and preparation of the site of the building.

(2)A building which is in the area of two or more local authorities is to be treated for the purposes of this Act as being wholly within the area of such one of them as they may agree or, failing agreement, as the Scottish Ministers may determine.

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