Building Inspector 

As a building inspector,  you inspect buildings to make sure they comply with various laws and regulations. You also provide advice on building requirements.

You may inspect plumbing, electrical and other systems to verify alignment level, structure elevations and ensure that they meet the necessary code/specifications.  

Building Inspector


  • Outdoor Work 
  • Salary 
  • Working with others 

A typical day may involve:

  • reviewing plans to ensure they meet building codes, local ordinances, zoning regulations and contract specifications
  • approving building plans that are satisfactory and issuing building permits
  • monitoring construction sites periodically to ensure overall compliance
  • using survey instruments, metering devices, and test equipment to perform inspections
  • providing written documentation of findings from inspections
  • issuing violation notices and stop-work orders until building work is compliant
  • certifying structure and plan compliance with the corresponding building regulations

It helps to be good at:

  • planning 
  • communicating clearly 
  • solving problems 
  • customer detail
  • attention to detail 
  • writing 

Qualifications/pathway options:

  • Diploma of Building and Construction 
  • Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying


  • Bachelor of Construction Management 

You may be able to work in:

  • Construction
  • Infrastructure services 
  •  Government and safety 

Related Roles

  • Surveyor 

  • Plumbing Inspector 

  • Builder


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