Building control officers/surveyors (BCOs) work to ensure that new buildings, alterations, intallations and extensions meet the regulatory standards in safety, sustainability, accessability and design.
Once applications for new buildings or structural alterations have been given the green light by the local planning authority, building control officers take responsibility for the project before, during and after construction.
They can be involved in anything from the extension of a conservatory on a private house, to the construction of an entire shopping complex in the centre of a town. Using their professional judgement and understanding of current building legislation, they offer advice to construction workers and the public concerning any issues surrounding the proposed work.
Building control officers work normal office hours 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, with some opportunity for extra hours particularly in the private sector. Visiting sites can take up a considerable part of the job; frequent travel is typical, with officers expected to work outside in all weather.
Networking, direct approaches and speculative applications are advisable.