Building surveyor

Building Surveyors are experts in a range of building legislation, technical codes and construction standards.

One function of a Building Surveyor is to certify plans and structures in accordance with building legislation, issue relevant building permits and manage the inspection process from foundations through to completion.

They have an impact on the design, planning and functionality of buildings and also detect and diagnose problems with design issues, construction techniques and materials.


Building Surveyors look at a wide range of buildings and structures including shops, shopping centres, high-rise office and residential apartment buildings, train stations, parking complexes, towers, masts and antennas, schools, hospitals, prisons, factories, storage buildings, marinas, laboratories, aged care buildings, dwellings pools and of course outbuildings and houses of all shapes, sizes and materials.


While Building Surveyors are educated to practice across a number of disciplines, many are now specialising in one or more of the following areas:

  • disabled access,
  • fire safety engineering
  • energy efficiency and sustainable development
  • construction law
  • forensic inspection
  • dispute resolution
  • maintenance of essential services
  • private certification
  • building materials science
  • code development & legislation
  • expert witness situations
  • alternative building solutions