Job type

Building control officer

£22k - £60k

Typical salary

38 – 40

Hours per week

Building control officers make sure building regulations are followed.

More info

  • Make sure building regulations are followed by builders and developers
  • With experience, option to move into technical and planning roles in other departments, like town planning
  • You'll spend time on building sites in all weather conditions

As a building control officer, you'll work on the planning and construction phases of building projects to make sure they meet accessibility, conservation, energy, fire safety, and public health regulations.


  • 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 and 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.

You'll need

To become a building control officer, you can do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a relevant subject like building studies, civil engineering, structural engineering, building control or building surveying.

You could also do a college course, which could help when you apply for trainee jobs in building control. Courses include Level 3 Certificate in Construction and the Built Environment, Level 4 Diploma in Building Control Surveying and Level 4 Diploma in Civil Engineering. You'll usually need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course and 1 or 2 A levels, a level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a level 4 or level 5 course.

You could also take a T level at college in Design, Surveying and Planning.

Another route is by doing a building control surveyor degree apprenticeship.

You can move into building control from another job in construction, like quantity surveying or site management.

You'll also usually need to be an accredited member of a professional body, like the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE), or the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). Experience of working in building and construction can give you an advantage.


With experience, you could specialise in a particular field, like fire safety, or move into technical and planning roles in other departments, like town planning. You could also work as a consultant.