Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The Role of the Building Control Officer

In terms of the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act a local authority must appoint a building control officer. Such an officer must hold a senior certificate or equivalent and have undergone 3 years tertiary education in one of the recognised building related disciplines e.g. quantity surveying, building science etc. The Act also provides that the Minister may appoint a person not having these qualifications.

The main function of the Building Control Officer is to make recommendations to the local authority regarding the submissions of any building plans, specifications and related documents and where a fire protection plan is required, include a report from the local chief fire officer.

In terms of Section 7 of the Act the local authority may approve plans only after receiving and considering the recommendations made by the Building Control Officer. Failure to do so may render the decision to pass the plans liable to be set aside.

Bruce Lyle
Membership Services Manager


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Do you have such building control officers employed at the MBA that could assist members?