Building control surveyors ensure that new building construction and alterations to existing buildings conform to building regulations. Plans are submitted to building control surveyors for approval and granting of planning permission, or are rejected if they fail to meet the required standards. A report explaining the decision will need to be provided by the surveyor.
Once the plans are approved, the building control surveyor will:
Building control surveyors working for local authorities also approve demolitions and carry out surveys of potentially dangerous buildings that may have been damaged by fire or adverse weather conditions. Other responsibilities may include administering entertainment licences, safety at sports grounds and other open air events, and cinema and theatre inspections.
Hours can vary but are normally usual office hours. Some building control surveyors will be on 24-hour call-out in case the emergency services need their expertise to inspect a dangerous building. Flexi-time and job-sharing may be available.
Time is spent between an office and site visits, which take place in all sorts of weather and will involve wearing safety equipment such as waterproofs and a hard hat. There is often the need to climb scaffolding and ladders to inspect roofs.
To be a building control surveyor you should:
Local authorities are the major employers of building control surveyors but there are also opportunities in the private sector, within government-appointed inspection bodies. There are possibilities for self-employment, consultancy work and to specialise in areas such as the fire retardancy of buildings and sports stadia.
Promotion in local authorities is linked to qualifications and experience, and there are opportunities to move into technical or planning roles in other sections.