What's Involved

Building Control Surveyors are part of the end to end construction process from the initial plans through to project completion. They are responsible for ensuring that proposed plans for construction developments meet building regulations and legislation.  

Building Control Surveyors need to consider issues such as structural design, fire safety, environmental factors and public health. Once a Building Control Surveyor is satisfied that the proposed plan meets regulations, they issue approval for work to commence. Once work has started, Building Control Surveyors will revisit sites to ensure that the project is being carried out according to plan.

Local Authority Surveyors may also be involved in dealing with demolition sites, dangerous structures, safety at sportsgrounds and licensing public events.  

Skills Required

As a Building Control Surveyor you would need to be able to work accurately and have an eye for detail as you will need to thoroughly check proposed building plans for any detail which might not comply with industry regulations or good construction practice. 

You will also need to have strong communication skills to be able to explain complex construction regulations in clear terms to others and to advise people at all levels as to how these can be met.

Qualifications Required

Initial entry into the profession without a degree is possible; however this would usually require relevant work experience in a building trade, followed by part-time study for relevant qualifications.

To study towards a degree, 5 GCSE grades at A-C would be required, in addition to A Levels. There is no specific required degree subject for entry into this profession; however suitable courses would include Building Surveying, Building Engineering or courses related to the Built Environment.

Salary Ranges

A graduate trainee could anticipate earning between £20,000 - £27,000; over time and with greater experience, a Building Control Surveyor could expect to earn over £40,000.

(This information is intended as a guide to average salaries only.)

Progression Routes

Building Contract Surveyors who work within a Local Authority could progress through the department to Senior Head level, managing a team of other surveyors. Those who choose to work in the private sector can work up within a company's framework or move to larger organisations for continued promotion. There is also scope for self-employment as an approved inspector.