Building control inspectors get three month reprieve to register

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The Building safety Regulator has announced a three-month extension for all building control inspectors to give them time to get registered to prove their skills and competence by April 6.

The post Grenfell shakeup means that all building control inspectors have to be registered through the new system as previously reported by the deadline would bring about the collapse in the building control system which is mainly run by local authority building control.

At current workloads at least 4,500 qualified inspectors are understood to be needed to cope with current workloads with  3,261 inspectors have already started their applications to register.

Philip White who is the Director of Building Safety for the HSE wrote an open letter to the industry yesterday detailing the revised timetable to give the industry time to catch up with the demand for registrations.

He commented saying that: “The Building Safety Regulator has listened to the concerns raised by the profession, including the potential impact on the construction industry if there are not enough inspectors registered to practice by the legal deadline.

“It is crucial these concerns are balanced with the requirement for BSR to implement the Building Safety Act, 2022 and the need to raise standards in the profession; it is also important to remember that these changes were introduced in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

“A competence assessment extension period of 13 weeks will be introduced from 6 April to 6 July 2024 to enable those who meet specific criteria to continue to operate. This is not an opportunity to delay completing registration as an RBI and there will be no extension to these arrangements.”