Building Control Officer

Building Control Officer

Become a Building Control Officer

Building Control Officers ensure that building regulations and other legislation are adhered to when buildings are designed and constructed. These regulations cover public health and safety, fire regulations and energy conservation. They also check that property alterations such as extensions meet regulations. They are often required before a project starts to offer advice and guidance. After the work has started they make regular site visits to ensure the plans are being carried out correctly.

  • Self-motivated
  • Organised
  • Communication
  • Negotiating
  • Attention to detail
  • Time management
  • Problem solving
  • IT skills

There are a number of ways you can become a building control officer, as a minimum you will need 4 or more GCSEs grades A-C (9-4) and a minimum of 2 A Levels or BTEC equivalent.

Level 3

You can study a BTEC Subsidiary or Extended Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment or Civil Engineering; or an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship in Built Environment Design or Civil Engineering.

Level 4, 5 & 6

You can study a HNC, HND, Higher Apprenticeship or Degree in Construction and the Built Environment, Civil Engineering or Surveying etc.


Starting salaries can range from £22,000 to £27,000 a year.

Experienced officers can earn between £30,000 and £40,000.

Highly experienced officers can earn up to £50,000 a year.

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