Where to get approval

Approved Inspector Building Control services

Approved Inspectors are companies or individuals authorised under the Building Act 1984 to carry out building control work in England and Wales.

The Secretary of State has designated CICAIR Limited (a wholly owned subsidiary of the Construction Industry Council (CIC)) as the body responsible for deciding all applications for approved inspector status in England. You can find out more about CICAIR Limited's role (including how to apply to become an approved inspector) at the CIC website.

Use our directory link below to view which building control approved inspectors are registered on the Planning Portal.

Approved inspectors directory

The Secretary of State has approved an addition to the currently approved insurance schemes, NHBC (National House-Building Council), who only insure their own approved inspectors, and Griffiths and Armour, for approved inspectors carrying out building control functions in England. DCLG issued a Notice of Approval for the insurance scheme offered by Howden Insurance Brokers Limited on 28 February 2014.

This approval of the scheme takes effect from 1 March 2014 and continues in effect until withdrawn by the Secretary of State. The department has also published a divisional circular letter informing building control bodies of this Notice of Approval.