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Building control officer Building control surveyor

Building control officers make sure building regulations are followed.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £22,000 to £60,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 30 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll usually need an HNC, HND or degree in a relevant subject, like building control, building studies, building surveying, civil engineering or structural engineering.

You’ll also usually need to be an accredited member of a professional body, like:

Experience of working in building and construction can give you an advantage.

You could move into building control from another role in building or construction, like quantity surveying. 

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • problem-solving skills
  • IT skills
  • excellent communication and negotiating skills
  • the ability to explain technical terms clearly to members of the public
  • time-management skills 

3. What you'll do

You’ll work on the planning and construction phases of building projects to make sure they meet accessibility, conservation, energy, fire safety, and public health regulations.

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • working closely with architects, designers, builders and engineers
  • suggesting ways to make building projects more cost effective 
  • carrying out site inspections
  • writing inspection reports and issuing completion certificates
  • surveying unsafe buildings, giving advice or approving their demolition
  • authorising entertainment licenses and checking safety at public venues and events

4. Salary

Starter: £22,000 to £27,000

Experienced: £30,000 to £40,000

Highly Experienced: £45,000 to £60,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. You may be on a 24-hour call-out rota.

You’ll split your time between an office and site visits. 

You’ll be on site in all weather conditions.

You’ll sometimes work at height.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could specialise in a particular field, like fire safety, or move into technical and planning roles in other departments, like town planning.

You could work as a consultant.

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Last updated: 07 December 2016