The Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS) defines a Building Surveyor as a professional who is tasked with understanding the building control process. A Building Surveyor has the authority to assess building plans to ensure that they comply with the Building Code of Australia, the adopted standards referenced within it and any other applicable building standard legislated within the state or territory.
A building surveyor (also known as a building certifier) generally holds a tertiary qualification in building surveying and is required in Western Australia to be registered with the Building Commission to be able to issue Certificates of Compliance in accordance with the Building Act 2011. The certificates of compliance have various functions but are all issued to certify a building satisfies all applicable building standards. (Please see our Certificates of Compliance FAQ for further information).
Building Surveyors can either work privately or for a local government, although only a building surveyor contractor can issue a certificate of compliance for a commercial or unauthorised buildings in Western Australia. The benefits of engaging a private building surveyor on any project is to have compliance input at the design stage to avoid major changes to engineering and other services, saving you time and money. The legislative council timeframes are also reduced from 25 business days to 10 business days!
A Building Surveyor works alongside other professionals including but not limited to architects, designers, structural and fire engineers and builders. As the Building Surveyor is the final signature on a project it is their responsibility to ensure a building is safe, accessible and energy efficient prior to certification.
Please contact one of our building surveyors today on 0411 648 159 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to find the right approval solution for you!