A Building Inspector examines buildings to guarantee compliance with laws and regulations and to advise on building requirements.
A Building Inspector requires formal qualifications, which may vary according to state or regionality. In addition to a qualification, a Building Inspector may require a license and registration. Local authorities will be able to provide details of what is required.
Typical duties of a Building Inspector may include:
- checking that safety standards and structural quality meets the defined standards
- ensuring that fire safety requirements have been catered for
- checking for the safe functioning of electrical and plumbing systems
- examining escalators, elevators, hoists, drainage systems and wiring
- checking that the proper building permits have been granted
- checking building plans prior to construction to decide whether they meet local zoning regulations (for example, height and appearance of building is suitable to local area)
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