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Building control officer

Building control officers make sure building regulations are followed.

Potential salary
£22,000 to £60,000
Working hours
38 to 40 a week
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • knowledge of English language
  • analytical thinking skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

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

You could work in an office or on a construction site.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers and at height.

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

You could also work as a consultant.

You can find out more about careers and training in building control from:Chartered Association of Building Engineers; The Chartered Institute of Building; Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

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