Building Inspector

Building Inspectors inspect buildings to ensure compliance with laws and regulations and advise on building requirements.

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    Overview

    Building Inspectors inspect buildings to ensure compliance with laws and regulations and advise on building requirements.

    Day-to-day

    • reviews and provides advice on plans to ensure they meet building codes, local ordinances, zoning regulations and contract specifications
    • approves building plans that are satisfactory and issues building permits
    • monitors construction sites periodically to ensure overall compliance
    • inspects plumbing, electrical and other systems to verify alignment level, structure elevation and ensure that they meet the necessary code/specifications
    • uses survey instruments, metering devices, and test equipment to perform inspections
    • provides written documentation of findings from inspections
    • issues violation notices and stop-work orders until building work is compliant
    • certifies structure and plan compliance with the corresponding building regulations.

    Considerations

    • Requires driving
    • Working outdoors

    To become a Building Inspector

    • You usually need a formal qualification in building surveying to work as a Building Inspector. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

      Take an Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying

    • Registration or licencing may be required.

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