Building Control Surveyor

Building Control Surveyor Job Description

Building Control Officers/surveyors Are Responsible For Ensuring That Building Construction Regulations Relating To Public Health, Safety, Energy Conservation And Disabled Access Are Adhered To.

Building Control Officers/surveyors (BCOs) Work To Ensure That New Buildings, Alterations, Intallations And Extensions Meet The Regulatory Standards In Safety, Sustainability, Accessability And Design.

Once Applications For New Buildings Or Structural Alterations Have Been Given The Green Light By The Local Planning Authority, Building Control Officers Take Responsibility For The Project Before, During And After Construction.

They Can Be Involved In Anything From The Extension Of A Conservatory On A Private House, To The Construction Of An Entire Shopping Complex In The Centre Of A Town. Using Their Professional Judgement And Understanding Of Current Building Legislation, They Offer Advice To Construction Workers And The Public Concerning Any Issues Surrounding The Proposed Work.

Building Control Surveyor Duties/Functions/Responsibilities

  • Advising on cost and time saving measures during construction, without forgoing safety regulations.
  • Liasing with local authorities, planners, surveyors and other professionals.
  • Making regular inspections of building work at various stages of completion.
  • Keeping records of how projects are progressing.
  • Issuing certificates on completion of building work.
  • Inspecting and carrying out surveys of potentially dangerous buildings.
  • Examining and commenting on plans for new buildings, alterations or extensions.
  • Providing advice about construction safety matters and new building regulations.
  • Approving demolitions.
  • Writing reports.

Building control officers work normal office hours 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, with some opportunity for extra hours particularly in the private sector. Visiting sites can take up a considerable part of the job; frequent travel is typical, with officers expected to work outside in all weather.

Networking, direct approaches and speculative applications are advisable.

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