Building Control Surveyor


    Building control officers (also known as building control surveyors) are responsible for overseeing the work of building surveyors and ensuring that building construction regulations are adhered to.

    Building control surveyors make sure that building regulations and other legislation are followed when houses, offices and other buildings are designed and constructed and when altered, extended or converted. If a building looks like it will not meet the requirements of the building regulations, a building control surveyor can give advice on how to find a solution to this.


    Employers of Building Control Surveyors

    • Local City Councils
    • Water and Sewerage companies
    • Buildings regulating bodies



    • examining and commenting on plans for new buildings, alterations or extensions
    • overseeing the work of building surveyors and providing them with supportive management
    • providing advice about construction safety matters and new building regulations
    • making regular inspections of building work at various stages of completion
    • keeping records of how projects are progressing
    • issuing approval to start building work and completion certificates
    • inspecting and carrying out surveys of potentially dangerous buildings
    • approving demolitions
    • keeping up to date with relevant regulations and legislation
    • writing reports
    • advising on cost and time saving measures during construction, without forgoing safety regulations
    • liaising with local authorities, planners, surveyors and other professionals, as well as special interest groups such as heritage organizations



    The role of a building control surveyor is open to graduates of all degrees; however, particularly relevant subjects include:

    • architecture
    • building control
    • building surveying
    • civil engineering
    • construction studies
    • structural engineering
    • town planning



    • An interest in and the ability to understand and interpret building regulations, construction processes, legislation and requirements
    • The ability to explain complex issues and legal requirements in simple terms
    • The confidence to provide advice and guidance
    • Communication skills, both written and oral
    • Relationship-building skills
    • Analytical and problem-solving skills
    • IT skills
    • Negotiation skills
    • Time management and organizational skills
    • The ability to pay attention to detail but also to see the bigger picture