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The Future of Building Control Working Group

The Future of Building Control Working Group

Leadership organisations from across the building control sector have come together in the ‘Future of building control working group’ to develop 11 key recommendations for the future oversight and regulation of the profession and Building Control Bodies.

The group has produced proposals for regulation of the building control profession following discussion with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). Reform of the building control sector is an important part of the Building Safety Programme and responds to recommendations in the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety relating to competence of the Building Control Profession.

The 11 recommendations are a starting point for further dialogue with government and the Building Safety Regulator as to how best to protect the public interest by making sure the sector further improves competence amongst professionals and organisations.

Key recommendations include:

  • Steps to simplify and unify building control legislation, process and procedures
  • An independent designated body to oversee professional registration and organisational audit
  • Introduction of a new competence framework to cover all persons working in building control including those working on higher risk buildings in scope of the new regulator
  • A unified pan-industry Code of conduct for all Building Control Bodies and professionals
  • A unified pan-industry career structure to set clear expectations of competence across the building control sector.


The Future of Building Control Working Group comprises the following organisations:

  • Association of Consultant Approved Inspectors (ACAI)
  • Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE)
  • Construction Industry Council (CIC)
  • Construction Industry Council Approved Inspectors Register (CICAIR)
  • Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
  • Local Authority Building Control (LABC)
  • National House Building Council (NHBC)
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)