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Find useful tips for homeowners on caring and conserving a historic building, including the maintenance of sash and case windows, removing graffiti, and caring for ironwork.

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Statutory Notices

A statutory notice is a way of alerting owners that there is a structural problem with their building and that action is required to carry out repairs.

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Building Standards

Almost all new building work from house extensions to a new roof light needs a building warrant and Completion Certificate to prove it is safe to use and fit for purpose.

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Questions about

Technical matters

For questions on technical matters, contact Historic Environment Scotland.

Questions about

Listed buildings or conservation areas

To find out about conservation areas, visit’s the City of Edinburgh Council’s website here or use the contact details below:


To find out about listed buildings, visit Historic Environment Scotland’s website here or use the contact details below:

  • Historic Environment Scotland
  • Heritage Directorate Telephone: 0131 668 8600
  • Email:

Questions about

Local council services

For questions about local council services, contact Edinburgh Council’s Central Neighbourhood Team

Finding out

More about your building

Visit the local history archives for information on the history of your building.


Also see:

  • The National Records of Scotland here
  • Historic Environment Scotland’s archive here


Remember to visit our Advice guides, too – find them here.

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