Ministers have decided, that council staff will continue to be the only government appointed verifier for new homes and buildings in Scotland.
Verifiers protect the public by independently checking building work - from design through construction to completion - to make sure new homes, offices and public buildings meet all relevant building regulations.
Minister for Local Government and Planning Derek Mackay said:
"Scotland's building standards system is recognised as being one of the most successful in Europe. Local authority building standards services are helping support sustainable economic growth while tackling climate change, promoting sustainability and improving compliance with building regulations.
"While I understand the desire by some to introduce choice to the market, I believe local authorities are best placed, on this occasion, to serve the public interest given their four decades of experience."