Building Control

Building control surveyors ensure that the design and construction of buildings comply with building regulations and other legislation. Building control surveyors work on new and altered buildings, focusing on areas including fire safety, energy conservation and structural stability.

Practice Area Building Control
What skills are required?
  • Good communication skills
  • Diplomacy, negotiation and the ability to remain impartial
  • Ability to work well with technical standards and subjects
What qualifications are required? An RICS accredited degree is often required, and opportunities to work and study towards a degree may be available
What is it like in practice?

Building Control surveyors may work for a local authority or in the private sector.  You will usually work as part of a team and whilst usual office hours apply, you may need to work flexibly to provide a 24-hour emergency call out service.

The job can be an active one, visiting and inspecting building sites while construction is in progress, testing works, writing reports and issuing appropriate certification.

Work Environment Split between office and site work, often with frequent regional travel
Employment opportunities

Opportunities exist for trainees, newly qualified individuals and qualified surveyors looking for a new career path

There are also degree apprenticeships in building control available

More information

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Relevant UCEM programmes

BSc Building Surveying

MSc Building Surveying

BSc BSc (Hons) Building Control

You might like this role if you enjoy:

  • Understanding how buildings are constructed how the materials used in the process can affect the safety of a structure
  • Working with different people (such as clients, colleagues and the general public) to influence actions and ensure they comply with legislation

See more skills used by building control surveyors:

  • Using verbal and written communication skills to explain technical matters and write reports
  • Using science, technology and design to understand the links between construction methods and materials on safety
  • People management and leadership
  • Researching and explaining data in specialist areas