Why Approved Inspectors?

Approved Inspectors provide the alternative to local authority building control

Approved Inspectors are qualified and experienced private sector building control professionals and consultancies who can help developers, designers and contractors achieve Building Regulations approval on almost any construction project – from extensions and one-off homes to large commercial office developments and infrastructure projects.

There are currently over 60 Approved Inspectors in England and Wales, accounting for a high percentage of building control work. They range from specialist individuals to very large businesses 

Approved Inspectors are professional and specialist advisers.  They guide clients through the maze of Building Regulations.

Once appointed, it is an Approved Inspector’s responsibility to take reasonable steps to satisfy him/herself that the building work complies with Building Regulations throughout the process.

When you use an Approved Inspector, he or she will take on responsibility for plan checking and inspection of your building work.

The procedure requires you and the Approved Inspector jointly to notify your local authority of your intended building work on what is called an ‘Initial Notice’. Once this notice has been accepted by your local authority the responsibility for plan checking and site inspection will be formally placed on the Approved Inspector.

An Approved Inspector will: 

  • Advise you on how the Building Regulations apply to your work
  • Check your plans
  • Issue a plans certificate (if requested)
  • Inspect the work as it progresses
  • Issue a final certificate.

Approval Process

The approval process for certifying Approved Inspectors is rigorous, ensuring the highest standards are maintained.

Approved Inspectors are bound by the code of conduct of their own professional body (such as RICS, ABE or CIOB) and that of their regulatory body, the Construction Industry Council (CIC).

ACAI members are further bound by the ACAI Code of Conduct which includes a complaints procedure, providing further safeguards for the client and the assurance of the best service from its members.

Professional Standards

The ACAI is committed to ensuring that its members maintain high professional standards.

Approved Inspectors are bound by the Construction Industry Council’s Code of Conduct.

To find a suitable Approved Inspector for your project, search the CIC`s Members Directory.