The Environmental Protection Unit is responsible for enforcing the provisions of
the Housing (Scotland)
Act 1987, dealing with housing defects and the tolerable standard, primarily
in private houses.
The tolerable standard is a list of minimum requirements a house has to meet in
order to be fit for habitation.
A house meets the tolerable standard if it:
- is structurally stable
- is substantially free from rising or penetrating damp
- has satisfactory provision for natural and artificial lighting, for ventilation
and for heating
- has an adequate piped supply of wholesome water available within the house
- has a sink with a satisfactory supply of both hot and cold water within the house
- has a water closet available for the exclusive use of the occupants of the house
and suitably located within the house
- has an effective system for the drainage and disposal of foul and surface water
- has satisfactory facilities for the cooking of food within the house
- has satisfactory access to all external doors and outbuildings.
The tolerable standard also includes provisions of the
Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 which means a house must also:
- have satisfactory thermal insulation
- have an electrical installation that is adequate and safe to use
- to have a "waterless closet" will also become an acceptable alternative in certain
Enforcing the tolerable standard
Where houses are found to be in a poor state or repair or fail to meet the requirements
of the tolerable standard, Falkirk Council has the option of serving a Work Notice
requiring the work to be carried out, or in extreme cases, to impose a Closing or
Demolition Order to prevent the occupation of a property.
Houses in multiple occupation
Development Services is responsible for the licensing of houses in multiple occupation
(HMOs). Environmental Protection is involved in applying the licensing standards
along with other units of the Council and the Fire Service.
Housing Inspection Report for Immigration
Before a visa is granted Falkirk Council must inspect the property which an immigrant
intends to occupy to ensure it meets the legal minimum standard and not be overcrowded.
How to apply
To apply for an immigration inspection you can complete the form below and send
it to Falkirk Council by email or post:
- Apply for an immigration inspection
A fee will be payable for a housing inspection and report.
Visa Application – Housing Inspection and Report
Payment can be made by cheque and posted along with your application.
Payment can also be made by cash, cheque or credit/debit card in person at our office,
along with your application.
You can pay by debit or credit card online (by selecting miscellaneous payments)
or by telephone:
You will be contacted to arrange a mutually convenient time for an Environmental
Health Officer to visit and inspect the property. The Officer will be available
to visit within normal working hours.
You will be asked to show the Officer around the whole property, outlining who occupies
the house, and which rooms they sleep in.
During the course of the inspection, the Officer will make a judgment on whether
the property is suitable and safe for occupation, and whether it would become statutorily
overcrowded by the addition of the person seeking entry to the UK.
You may be asked additional questions if anything is unclear.
When the inspections and investigation is completed, you will be supplied with a
letter, usually within 7 days of the inspection.
As applicant, you are then responsible for ensuring the letter is received by the
appropriate authority in support of the application for immigration.
- The Council will not supply letters unless an inspection has been carried out.
- The Immigration Authorities will not accept letters that are greater than 12 weeks
- If your letter expires, the Council will need to carry out another inspection, incurring
- The Council reserves the right to make a charge for the supply of copies of the
letter at a later date.
It is therefore very important that you do not request an inspection of your property
for immigration purposes until you are ready to submit your full application to
the relevant authorities.
If you would like further advice, please contact us.