What is a Building Surveyor?


Constructive Building Consultants are Building Surveyors, and realise that not many people understand what we do. The below image sums up what most people picture in their heads when they hear the term ‘Building Surveyor’. We can’t wait to see the results of the latest AIBS survey as they seek to increase public awareness and understanding of what the role of a Building Surveyor really is! In the mean time, here’s our best effort at defining what a Building Surveyor is/does.

Building Surveyors are involved in the design, construction and management of buildings and building related work. At the core of this profession is the understanding of building control process (i.e. building standards, codes & practice). In Australia, this means the National Construction Code, Australian Standards referenced within the National Construction Code, the Building Act 2011 and Building Regulations 2012, any other relevant legislative documents, and the requirements of the local authority (local government). This practice requires an incredibly broad set of skills, knowledge and experience. Common tasks will range from desktop assessment of technical documents for building approval, to inspections of unauthorised structures, to approving the occupation/use of newly constructed buildings. Ultimately, it is the Building Surveyor who decides whether or not a proposed building or existing building adheres with all relevant building standards and is deemed fit for purpose As some of the older fellows like to suggest, we are the gate keeper.

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