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Principal Building Surveyor

  • day rate c. £600.00
  • Central London, Greater London
  • Posted: 27/06/2024
  • Contract
  • Job Ref: 176BuildingSurveyor

Job Details

Principal Building Surveyor
Location: London
Responsible for Senior and Building Control Surveyors
Reporting to: Head of Building Control
Payrate : £600.00 per day (Umbrella)
Start date: 8th July
Duration : 12 weeks initially (potential for extension)
Hybrid working 50/50
Interviews to take place as soon as possible

Wanted a Principal Building Surveyor for a London Borough Council to lead technical services for the Building Control Authority, ensuring all building work complies with building control legislation and regulations, including enforcement of higher-risk buildings with the Building Safety Regulator on behalf of the Council. You will oversee public protection by enforcing building regulations and managing demolitions and temporary structures within the Borough. Additionally, you will manage the Council's response to dangerous structure incidents, coordinating personnel and assets, and liaising with emergency services. You will contribute to the overall leadership of the Building Control Authority, participating in corporate programmes and initiatives as needed, and deputise for the Assistant Director of Building Control as necessary.


  • Provide technical advice and prepare reports on building safety, regulations, and land charges.
  • Contribute to Council responses to government consultations and technical reviews on building safety and regulations.
  • Support the Building Safety Regulator under Section 13 of the Building Safety Act 2022 in regulating higher-risk buildings and enforcing regulations.
  • Ensure full cost recovery for the Council under the Building Safety (Fees and Charges) Regulations 2023.
  • Ensure ‘restricted activities’ are undertaken only by registered inspectors with appropriate qualifications.
  • Ensure building inspectors meet competency, training, and development standards set by the Building Safety Regulator.
  • Enforce building regulations using powers under the Building Safety Act 2022 and Building Act 1984.
  • Investigate and prosecute offences under Section 57 of the Building Act 1984.
  • Address unauthorised building work and resolve contraventions in the Borough.
  • Serve Stop and Contravention Notices for breaches, and prosecute as required.
  • Serve notices under Section 36 of the Building Act 1984 for the removal or alteration of offending work.
  • Reject unlawful Initial Notices, Amendment Notices, and Final Certificates.
  • Enforce building control prohibitions under the Building Safety (Responsible Actors Scheme and Prohibitions) Regulations 2023.
  • Ensure training and development for the Council’s dangerous structure engineers.
  • Contribute to emergency contingency plans for dangerous structures.
  • Inspect demolitions and temporary structures, issuing relevant notices and licences.
  • Review fire safety information in planning applications and advise on compliance with fire safety policies.
  • Appoint third surveyors as per the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, ensuring best practices are followed.
  • Deputise for the Head of Building Control as required.
  • Contribute to policy development for the Planning and Place Department.
  • Ensure Health and Safety compliance within the Building Control Authority.
  • Ensure compliance with General Data Protection Regulations.
  • Respond to Freedom of Information and Environmental Information Regulations.


  • Membership of MRICS, CABE, or similar
  • Essential: Qualified to Class 3 Registered Building Inspector
  • Five years post-qualification experience, preferably in management.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Meticulous attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Flexible approach to technical issues while meeting legal requirements.
  • Strong understanding of the commercial environment and individual contributions.
  • Excellent communication skills for a diverse audience.
  • Strong negotiation, conflict resolution, and diplomatic skills.
  • Effective time management to meet tight schedules and changing priorities.
  • Leadership and decision-making abilities.
  • Personal responsibility for achieving targets and staying motivated.
  • Calmness under pressure.
  • Team leadership, respecting others’ views and promoting teamwork.
  • Continuous improvement mindset for self and department.

If you have the skills and experienced for this Principal Building Surveyor opportunity submit your CV now for immediate review.

Interviews to take place as soon as possible with a view to commencing this assignment on 08 July 2024

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