Resources Construction Ambassadors Matching Service Matching Service Cymraeg Go Construct - Industry led, funded by the CITB levy

Building control surveyors make sure that regulations are followed on construction sites and projects.

Average salaries are in the region of £30,000.00 to £40,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Building control surveyors make sure that regulations are followed on construction sites and projects.

What they do

As a building control surveyor, you would be able to work on a huge variety of projects, from a house extension to a city development or a new sports facility.

This construction job covers several different sectors, including:

  • Public health
  • Energy conservation
  • Building accessibility
  • Fire safety

Typically, building control surveyors are either employed by local authorities or private companies. 

Building control surveyors work on the planning and construction phases of a variety of projects, from small house extensions to major city developments. 

The work can sometimes be dramatic. Building control officers are called in when buildings have been damaged by fire or bad weather. They inspect any unsafe building and recommend whether it can be repaired or should be demolished. Some officers are on a 24-hour call-out rota for when police, fire or ambulance crews need them to inspect an unstable building in an emergency.

Typical tasks include:

  • Working closely with the construction workers on planning proposals
  • Carrying out inspections on site at each stage of the building process
  • Keeping records and issue completion certificates
  • Suggesting ways to improve the energy use of building to people like the construction manager
  • Starting legal proceedings should work not be in line with regulations
  • Surveying buildings that have been fire or weather damaged
  • Inspecting unsafe buildings and recommending options for repairs or demolition


  • Newly trained building control surveyors can earn in the region of £21,000 - £27,000
  • Trained with experience building control surveyors can earn in the region of £30,000 - £40,000
  • Senior, chartered or master building control surveyors can earn in the region of £40,000 - £60,000

Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options also improve with chartered status. 

Head to the Careers Explorer A-Z to get more information on the variety of roles available in the industry.

Take our Personality Quiz to find out which construction career is right for you.

Case Study

I served a full construction apprenticeship as a bricklayer. When I started out I used to see this well-dressed man come on to site and check things. I remember asking who this person was and was told he’s the building inspector/surveyor. Right, I said, I wouldn’t mind doing that job!

What do you like about your role?

The role is really varied. I deal with all types of work, domestic and commercial, and meet lots of interesting people.

What does a typical day look like?

My role involves:

  • Supervising other building surveyors
  • Checking plans to make sure they are compliant with building regulations
  • Meeting with architects and engineers to discuss proposed schemes
  • Carrying out site visits to check work
  • Using building regulations to set standards for the design and construction of buildings to ensure the safety and health for people in or around them

Is there anything you do not like about your role?

No – it’s what I wanted to do from a young age so I consider myself very lucky.

What skills do you need in this role?

Studying construction qualifications such as City & Guilds, Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Building Studies, degree or a professional qualification really help develop the skills and knowledge you need for the role. Gaining professional chartership with either the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), the Chartered Association of Building Engineers or the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) also really helps.

What are you most proud of in your career?

I’m really proud of going back to college and university after leaving school with no qualifications.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?

I would love to become a principle (building) surveyor.

What would you offer on how to get into construction?

It’s a fantastic career choice, it allows you to meet lots of people, and gives you skills that will stay with you for the rest of your working life.

Take our Personality Quiz to find out which of the many careers in construction is right for you

Qualifications & Training

To become a building control surveyor in England and Wales you will need either a BTEC HNC/HND or a degree in building control. It is important to study an accredited degree which would meet the requirements of a professional body, either The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) or the Association of Building Engineers (ABE).

Entry requirements degree courses are usually 3 A-levels or equivalent, including four Highers including maths and English and at least two standard grades/national 5 level (Scotland) and the WJEC or Welsh Baccalaureate (Wales).  

For more inforomation visit the Career Skills and Training in England, Go to My World of Work in Scotland or Careers Wales in Wales.


As a building control surveyor, you can also become chartered. Becoming chartered means you have proved that you are highly experienced and skilled at doing your job. It is comparable to a bachelor’s degree and is recognised all over the world.

Becoming chartered can enhance your career, increase your salary and boosts the professionalism of your organisation.There are many routes to becoming chartered. Whether you’re a graduate, have technical or vocational qualifications or have simply built up years of experience, you can choose the path that best suits you.

You can achieve chartership through the relevant professional institution for the career you are following, however a full range of construction management jobs can gain chartered status. This includes specialists like surveyors, architects, design engineers, sustainability consultants and health and safety professionals. For building control surveyors, this is the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

 For further information on this role visit:

Want to find out more?

Try our Matching Service for work experience opportunities in your local area, with new opportunities being added on a regular basis. 

Looking for a vacancy?

Here are some construction vacancy websites you may find useful: 

UK Jobs Network
Universal Jobsmatch

The number of job vacancies related to your preferred job role may vary daily, as these are external websites. Check regularly to see new opportunities as they are posted.

Career trends and forecasts

4210 additional staff needed

According to the latest Construction Skills Network research, the UK construction industry will need an additional 4210 surveyors between the period 2017 - 2021. The majority of the demand for these jobs in construction will be in the South West, East Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber, Scotland and Wales.

Search other careers

Find out more about other roles in the construction industry and what they involve.

Find out more
Web design by S8080