What is the role of a Building Surveyor?

Building surveyors offer professional advice on factors affecting existing buildings such as building defects, alterations, renovations and extensions, as well as on the design and construction of new buildings. They work mostly on site to monitor the performance of structures and devise ways to improve them or correct flaws in their design.

Surveyors work alongside local planning bodies, clients, construction workers and other professionals to ensure projects meet the relevant safety, sustainability and preservation standards.

Typical activities of the role include:

  • advising clients about building/property issues, which can include technical, financial, legal, environmental/sustainability, building regulation and restoration matters
  • undertaking building surveys.
  • monitoring the deterioration or defects of a property and offering advice on repair work
  • assessing the impact of unexpected damage on insurance, for example after a fire or flood
  • writing technical reports
  • negotiating the repair of work or a financial settlement if required
  • planning and overseeing building work on small projects that don’t require an architect
  • managing projects and/or multidisciplinary teams