What is an Approved Inspector?

Approved Inspectors are businesses which work in the private sector as an alternative to Local Authority Building Control (LABC). Like Stroma Building Control, an Approved Inspector will be registered with the Construction Industry Council (CICAIR) to advise and guide clients about the Building Regulations.

Stroma Building Control is a corporate Approved Inspector. Approved Inspectors can be used instead of your local authority. We provide a cost-effective and client-friendly alternative to LABC by delivering specialist advice to clients about a range of project developments and types.

The role of an Approved Inspector

The Approved Inspector works with a client throughout the construction process. They will offer advice and check that any building work undertaken is done so in compliance with the Building Regulations. This includes taking responsibility for plan checking and inspecting any building work through a series of site inspections.

When you appoint Stroma Building Control we will jointly notify your local authority of your intended building work. This is done via an Initial Notice submission. The Initial Notice is sent to a local authority, who approves it. Once the notice has been accepted the Approved Inspector assumes responsibility for plans checks and site inspections on your project.

Their role includes:

  • Giving advice about how the Building Regulations apply to your work
  • Checking your plans
  • Issuing a plans certificate (if requested)
  • Inspecting the work as it progresses
  • Issuing a final certificate.

Registering as an Approved Inspector

All Approved Inspectors are required to be registered with CICAIR, the body responsible for issuing a license to operate. Stroma Building Control must seek re-approval for our own license every five years and undergo a strict approval process.

In order to maintain approval, Stroma Building Control must also abide by the CICAIR Code of Conduct. Further information about this can be found on the CICAIR website

You can also view Stroma Building Control’s approval status on the CICAIR register

The importance of Training and Development

Sustaining the highest levels of service for our clients involves a firm commitment to training and development. Our Stroma Academy leads the way in the construction industry by delivering CPD and professional development to already qualified Building Control Surveyors and also training the next generation of Surveyors.

Every single member of our surveying team is subject to the same standards of professional development, meaning that clients can always rely on the same excellent service level from Stroma Building Control.

Appoint Stroma as your Approved Inspector

Stroma Building Control has a national network of offices across England and Wales. We can deploy a qualified Building Control Surveyor within your local area to offer professional, reliable and accessible support throughout your project. All our surveyors are highly experienced across a range of different project types and are ready to support you.