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


  • 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.


  • 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.

Skills employers are looking for

  • Communication Skills

  • Planning

  • Problem Solving

  • Customer Service

  • Writing

  • Computer Literacy

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