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Building Control Specialist - 2152

Salary: Grade 7 £42,296 - £46,503 (including supplement of £4,000) Plus a further £3,000 Golden Hello is available to new employees.

Job Type: Permanent

Hours 37

Closing Date:

Job ref: 2152


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Job Title: Building Control Specialist

Salary: Grade 7 £42,296 - £46,503 (including supplement of £4,000) Plus a further £3,000 Golden Hello is available to new employees.

Hours: Full time (37 hours)

We are looking for enthusiastic and highly self-motivated qualified Building Control professionals to work within the Building Control discipline of our Service Delivery Specialist Team here at South Somerset District Council. 

From April 2023, Somerset will become a Unitary Authority.  South Somerset Building Control and Somerset Building Control Partnership will be combining to create a single Local Authority Building Control department covering the whole of the new Somerset Council.

The new Somerset Council will provide Building Control services across areas of outstanding natural beauty such as Exmoor, the Quantock Hills, the Blackdown Hills, the Mendips and the Somerset Levels and coastline; along with the historic towns of Bridgwater, Burnham, Bruton, Chard, Castle Cary, Crewkerne, Glastonbury, Frome, Ilchester, Minehead, Somerton, Taunton, Wellington, Wincanton Yeovil and the City of Wells. 

We are seeking to recruit Building Control professionals to work flexibly within South Somerset and then from April 2023 be part of the new Somerset Council dealing with more than 3,500 applications per year including significant schemes across Somerset. 

If you want to be part of our growth and success, we need you to: 

  • Be a team player, prepared to play a full part in our service improvement.
  • Be committed to delivering a high quality and customer focused Building Control service to our customers and partners. 

In return for this we will provide you with the opportunity for professional development and the chance to be actively involved in all aspects of the Building Control field.

We are looking for qualified Building Control professionals to deal with plans examination; inspection of works in progress and control of demolitions and dangerous structures; all in accordance with the proper discharge of the Council’s duties and powers under The Building Act 1984 and other allied legislation, and to include the support and promotion of the local authority service. 

Ensuring that new building developments and alterations to existing buildings, including residential, industrial, retail, schools, hospitals, theatres and sports establishments meet the requirements of Building Regulations and provide a fire safe, healthy and safe environment for persons in and about those buildings.

Key Responsibilities 

  • Examine deposited plans for compliance with Building Regulations and Building Act requirements, conducting consultations with applicants, professional agents and consultative bodies, negotiating amendments and recommending approval or refusal. Provide pre-application advice to enquiries in relation to projects. 
  • Conduct site inspections of works in progress for compliance with Building Regulations under Full Plans, Building Notice and Regularisation procedures. Produce and maintain electronic records of site works which includes the production of letters, notifications, reports, completion certificates and other documents on the document storage system. 
  • Regarding potentially dangerous structures, attend emergency callouts (includes out of hours) responding to requests from Emergency Services, determining the scale and nature of emergency measures to make them and the public safe including issuing Statutory and demolition notices. 
  • Market the Building Control Service to attract additional business to help support the self-financing service. Develop close working relationships with customers to help in retaining their business in the future. 
  • Maintain a satisfactory record of continuing professional development, undertaking training necessary to personal and professional development. To contribute to service improvement through meeting service objectives and performance targets. 

Essential Criteria – Qualifications and Experience 

  • Degree, HNC or degree equivalent in a construction related discipline.


  • Membership of a professional body such as RICS, CABE or CIOB.


  • Previous Building Control experience, either with a local authority or a private organisation.


  • The ability to exercise judgement, make balanced assessments using standard technical guidance along with specialist knowledge to put forward rational, evidence-based recommendations.


  • The ability to undertake all necessary site inspections, surveys and meetings away from the office. In addition to be able to climb ladders, work in confined spaces and capable of entering a typical construction site environment.


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, sufficient to write technical reports and associated correspondence.


  • Writes clearly, succinctly and correctly; in a well-structured and logical way; Uses technology to achieve work objectives.


  • Applies specialist and detailed technical experience; develops job knowledge and further expertise through continual professional development.


Please contact Julian Cleal, Building Control Manager, Service Delivery on 01935 462498 should you wish to discuss these posts in more detail. 

What you can expect from us… 

  • We will help you develop your career by providing development and support whatever your level of experience
  • An opportunity to be part of ‘one team’ coming together to develop even better ways of working
  • A flexible approach to working arrangements to help you achieve a greater work/life balance
  • A generous annual leave entitlement and the ability to purchase further leave
  • A significant employer contribution towards your LPGS defined benefit scheme pension pot
  • Gym membership discount across Freedom Leisure sites
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) and Wellbeing initiatives and support
  • Training and professional development opportunities 

Closing Date: 6th January 2023 at 5.00pm

Interview Date:  TBC

Job Reference: 2152 

In the application please give details of any conflict of interest that could impact either the recruitment process or your employment with South Somerset. 

We promote and value diversity in the workplace and welcome diverse applicants. We are committed to applying our equal opportunities policy at all stages of recruitment and selection. Shortlisting, interviewing and selection will always be carried out without regard to disability, sex or sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origins, religion or belief, age, or pregnancy or maternity.

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