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Building (Scotland) Act 2003

Section 14: Building warrants: limited life buildings

49.Subsection (1) makes provision in relation to buildings intended to have a limited life. Under paragraph 3 of schedule 1, building regulations may make special provision for buildings intended to have a limited life. Subsection (1)(a) provides that building warrants for buildings with limited lives must state the intended lifespan of the building and that this intended lifespan must not exceed the limit specified in building regulations for that type of building. Under subsection (1)(b), the building must be demolished by the end of the period stated in the application. A separate building warrant is needed to demolish the building.

50.Subsections (2) and (3) provide that owners may apply to extend the life of such a building if the application is made before the expiry of the period specified in the warrant. Further extensions may also be sought. The verifier may grant an extension if satisfied that is appropriate, taking any special provisions of building regulations into account. Subsection (4) provides, however, that any particular extension by a verifier of the period stated in the building warrant must not exceed that stated in any special provision of building regulations in force at the time of the application to extend the life of the limited life building. This means that when considering the application to extend, the period of the extension must not exceed any period specified in the building regulations current when the extension is applied for (and not any period specified when the building was built).

51.Subsection (5)creates an offence where an owner has failed to demolish a limited life building at the end of the period specified in the warrant. Subsection (6) creates an offence for anyone who occupies or uses such a building after the period specified in the warrant where the person knows or has no regard to whether the period has expired. Subsection (7) specifies the penalty applicable for the offence in subsection (6). Subsections (8) to (10) create powers for local authorities to seek to prevent or restrain occupation of such buildings by applying to the civil court for an interdict. This may be either to the sheriff court or the Court of Session.

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