Building control surveyors make sure that building regulations and other legislation are followed when houses, offices and other buildings are designed and constructed. These regulations cover areas such as public health, fire safety, energy conservation and building accessibility. They also check that property alterations, including extensions and conversions, meet regulations.
If a building looks like it will not meet the requirements of the building regulations, a building control surveyor can give advice on how to find a solution to this.
On complex projects, they may be involved at the pre-application stage to comment on design and safety issues and suggest alternative processes to reduce the risk of delays and save costs. After the work has started, they make site visits at various stages to ensure that the construction is being properly carried out.
Building control surveyors examine plans, drawings, specifications and other documents submitted for approval to make sure they comply with building regulations. They use practical guidance set out in the approved documents published by the Department for Communities and Local Government .
At this stage, the work may involve:
Once the work begins, building control surveyors make visits to the site at different points in the construction process to make sure building regulations are being met. At this stage, the work may involve:
The work also involves:
Building control surveyors in local government may also be involved in approving demolitions and carrying out surveys of potentially dangerous buildings.
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