Building Standards Officer (local authority)

building standards surveyor

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What's it like?

You’d work with members of the public, architects, designers, builders and engineers as they plan and construct building projects ranging from a small house extension to a large-scale development.

You would:

  • Assess building plans and specifications to determine compliance with building regulations
  • Prepare and issue technical reports to designers and architects
  • Work with designers and architects to find the best solutions for their clients

  • Visit sites to inspect building work during development

  • Liaise with developers and their clients as work progresses


If a building has been damaged, for example by fire or bad weather, then you would survey the building and tell the owners what they need to do to make it safe. If it can’t be repaired then you’d approve its demolition.

You may also check the safety at public venues like sports grounds, open-air events, cinemas and theatres and authorise entertainment licenses for events.


Working conditions


You would normally work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. You may sometimes be on a 24-hour call-out rota, for example if the emergency services needed you to inspect an unstable building.


You will usually split your time between the office and site visits. You can be on site in all weather conditions and some jobs may involve working at heights on scaffolding or ladders.


You are likely to travel between your local authority office and the location of the building work.

UK employment status





Self employed


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  • Written communication
  • Observation
  • Questioning
  • Researching
  • Making decisions
  • Negotiating
  • Analysing
  • Understanding

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Getting in

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.


You would need a Higher National Certificate (SCQF level 7 ), Higher National Diploma (SCQF level 8) or honours degree (SCQF level 10).

You can enter Higher National Certificate (SCQF level 7) or Higher National Diploma courses (SCQF level 8) with National 4/5 qualifications and one to two Highers or equivalent qualifications.

The degree must be accredited by Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Entry to a degree programme accredited by RICS usually requires Nationals (SCQF level 5) and at least four Highers (SCQF level 6).

The degree should be followed by a period of supervised practical training (Assessment of Professional Competence).

Alternatively, a conversion course for graduates with a degree which is not RICS-accredited or, if you have over 10 years surveying-related experience, you can still qualify for membership (subject to conditions).

It is possible to gain direct entry into the job with National 5 and Higher qualifications followed by part-time study for a Higher National Certificate or Higher National Diploma and a period of supervised structured training (Assessment of Technical Competence) as an Associate member of the RICS (AssocRICS). 

Useful subjects

  • English (required by most courses) 
  • Maths (required by most courses)
  • Science subjects
  • Technologies subjects

Helpful to have

Qualifications that show experience with the built environment such as Skills for Work Construction Crafts (SCQF level 4/5)

A driving licence is useful.