Last edited 06 Jun 2024

Registered building inspectors; building types and conflicts of interest updates

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[edit] What has changed?

Since 6 April 2024, it is a prosecutable offence to work as a building inspector without being registered, as is carrying out work if not registered to do so without supervision. As such, the role is now referred to as a registered building inspector (RBI), which is in effect a new role created under the Building Safety Act 2022. It involves an assessment of competencies to register under certain classes and for certain building types. As of the beginning of May, guidance on building types, such as standard and non-standard buildings, was added. On May 29, guidance on conflicts of interest was also added, and individuals must not undertake work or continue to undertake work where a conflict of interest is identified.

[edit] What is a potential conflict of interest?

The guidance further defines a conflict of interest as being:

Inspectors must take steps to identify potential and actual conflicts of interest prior to starting work and during work activity. If a conflict of interest is identified, the involved parties must notify their employer immediately.

[edit] What are registered building inspectors?

Registered building inspectors (RBIs) work as employees or contractors for building control bodies, such as the Building Safety Regulator (BSR), local authorities, or registered building control approvers. The role of RBI is a new one created under the Building Safety Act 2022. From April 6, 2024, building control professionals must complete an independent competency assessment and be registered with the Building Safety Regulator. This allows them to issue compliance as well as stop notices for higher-risk buildings during any stage of the design and construction process.

There are different building inspector competence frameworks for different countries of work, such as the building inspector competence framework for England or the building inspector competence framework for Wales. Different competencies are also required for different building types, and accordingly, there are different registration classes for inspectors. The competence frameworks set out the skills, knowledge, and qualifications required for registering an application to work on certain buildings under a certain class.

[edit] What are the classes of inspector and categories of buildings?

There are standard buildings (designed and constructed from common industry recognised standards and codes) and non-standard buildings as well as 8 different building categories which are:

There are 4 classes of registered building inspectors (RBI).

NOTE: A class 2 building inspector, who is also a class 4 technical manager, cannot carry out any class 3 activities unless supervised. Someone who is not a registered building inspector can administratively manage a building control team, but not on technical matters.

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