Building Control Surveyor

Occupational overview

Building Control Surveyors provide an impartial, independent and accountable third party service certificating that building work achieves compliance with minimum standards, namely those set out in the Building Regulations. Building Control differs from other surveying roles in that Surveyors perform what is essentially an enforcement function, ensuring compliance through the Building Act 1984. In addition to construction technology, a Building Control Surveyor requires a full working knowledge of Building Regulations and associated legislation in force at the time work has been carried out in relation to areas such as structural, thermal, fire, acoustics, ventilation and inclusive design. Building Control Surveyors must be excellent communicators as this is a highly customer-facing role, requiring diplomacy and assertiveness, remaining impartial using the powers conferred on them to prosecute if necessary to protect the health and safety of people, and the wider environment.

Knowledge

1. Legislation: Demonstrate a robust knowledge of the requirements contained within the Building Act, Statutory Framework and other associated legislation related to Building Regulations.

2. Data Management: In-depth knowledge of accurate application of Regulatory processes within the constraints of timescale, data management and confidentiality, in-line with data protection laws.

3. Building regulations approval: Interpret the Building Regulations in relation to all types of building work covering areas such as structural design, means of escape, active and passive fire protection, ventilation, thermal efficiency and access provisions.

4. Health and safety: Describe the principles and responsibilities imposed by Health and Safety law, codes of practice and other regulations in fulfilling the building control function.

5. Sustainability and Accessibility: Understand how the Building Regulations places a requirement in relation to sustainability and accessibility to achieve environmental and social objectives.

6. Construction Technology: Knowledge of building pathology and construction technology used in buildings including the performance criteria of materials.

7. Finance: Knowledge of the Charges Regulations and its relevance to service delivery. 

8. Enforcement: Knowledge of the enforcement framework and powers within the Building Act to achieve compliance with the Building Regulations.

9. Non-Statutory duties: Knowledge of non-statutory duties carried out by Local Authority Building Control teams as a delegated function of their Authority e.g. dangerous structures, demolitions.

10. People management: Knowledge of the dynamics of the design team to be able to offer support and guidance where required.

11. Specialist functions: Knowledge of specialist functions of building control e.g. Fire Engineering, Access Officer, Acoustic Engineer, Thermal Engineer.

12. Consultation: Knowledge of why consultation is required with other local authority functions and external statutory bodies and organisations.

13. Marketing: Awareness of how to promote the building control service through effective marketing.

Skills

1. Legislation: Apply the principles contained within the Building Act, Statutory Framework and other associated legislation related to Building Regulations.

2. Data management: Undertake the administrative process of a Building Regulation application and use the data to ensure performance standards are met in compliance with relevant quality assurance standards.

3. Building regulations approval: Utilise the Building Regulations to evaluate plans, drawings, specifications and other documents submitted for building regulation approval for all types of building work to ensure appropriate decisions are issued on applications.

4. Health and safety: Identify and manage risks of health, safety and welfare in-line with legislation, hazards and safe systems of work.

5. Sustainability and Accessibility: Advise on the Building Regulation requirement in relation to sustainability and accessibility to achieve environmental and social objectives.

6. Construction technology: Utilise knowledge of construction technology to provide advice and guidance in connection with the design or construction of building projects.

7. Finance: Calculate charges for the building control function.

8. Information Technology: SkillsUtilise proficient Information Technology (IT) skills and have a good knowledge of relevant technologies, including Building information modelling (BIM).

9. Site Inspections: Inspect building work in progress as may be necessary to ensure compliance with the Building Regulations.

10. Building Control Best Practice: Uphold high technical standards and best practice in building control in all aspects of building regulation compliance and its application to construction types and methods. 

11. Communication skills: Communicate effectively and appropriately - both verbally and in writing - with people at all levels to achieve a compliant outcome.

12. Personal and Professional effectiveness: Manage own time and tasks, communicate and negotiate effectively within a commercial environment.

13. Diplomacy: Applies diplomacy, tact and persuasive skills when dealing with difficult situations while remaining impartial.

Behaviours

1. Provide a high standard of service: Always ensure your client, or others to whom you have a professional responsibility, receive the best possible advice, support or performance of the terms of engagement you have agreed to and ensure you always give attention to detail.

2. Act in a way that promotes trust in the profession: Demonstrate a personal commitment to professional and ethical standards, recognising one’s obligations to society and the profession.

3. Act with integrity: Always be trustworthy, open, transparent and challenge where necessary. Respect confidential information of your clients or potential clients and do not allow bias, conflict of interest or the undue influence of others to override your professional or business judgments or obligations. Always act consistently in the public interest when making decisions or providing advice.

4. Treat others with respect: Treat everyone with courtesy, politeness and respect.

5. Take responsibility: Always act with skill, care and diligence and deal with any complaint in an appropriate professional manner.

6. Adaptability and Resilience: Be open to the changing environment of the workplace and regulatory framework.

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for the apprenticeship will typically be a minimum of three A-Levels at Grade C or higher or a Level 3 apprenticeship in a construction or property related discipline, but the final decision is that of each employer.

Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will be required to achieve this prior to taking the end-point assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the apprenticeships English and Maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3 and British Sign Language qualification are an alternative to English qualifications for whom this is their primary language.

Duration

Typically 4 years. 

Professional qualifications

Upon completion of the apprenticeship, the apprentice will gain a BSc (Hons) degree in Building Control. 

Successful apprentices will be eligible to apply for membership of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and / or the Institute of Fire Engineers (IFE) having met the academic requirements for membership. Apprentices will also need to meet any additional requirements set out by the CIOB and / or the IFE as part of their membership application processes at the time.

This is a level 6 apprenticeship.

Originally published on Gov.uk, this information has been re-used under the terms of the Open Government Licence.

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