Professional Building Inspector

Professional Building Inspector

Professional Building Inspectors are required to follow the prescribed registration process and subject themselves to an assessment of professional competency and experience requirements as set out for the registration category: Professional Building Inspector (PrBInsp).

To register as a Building Inspector, set criteria and competency requirements must be met in full and to the satisfaction of the SACPCMP. The Professional Building Inspector shall be expected to demonstrate detailed knowledge of the National Building Regulations, Codes and Standards at managerial and operational levels, with the ability to plan, conduct and co-ordinate relevant compliance inspections and take the relevant action against deviations and non-compliance of the approved plans or the relevant Acts.

Professional Building Inspector Responsibilities

The applicant must demonstrate knowledge, understanding and application of:

  • Relevant National, Provincial and Municipal Acts;
  • National Building Codes, Standards and Specifications;
  • Law enforcement – specific powers of the inspector and procedures required to address deviations and non-compliance in terms of the approved plans, codes or Acts;
  • Inspection processes to ensure that building projects meet the structural, safety, fire protection, energy saving and accessibility requirements of the National Building Regulations;
  • Communication skills in order to:
    • co-ordinate site inspections with other departments (fire, health, sewerage).
    • advise on building-related issues, specifically regarding approved building plans to reduce technical risks and prevent construction errors.
    • address complaints and respond to building-development related correspondence in an effective and efficient manner.
  • Documentation processes to:
    • give assurance that building projects achieve legal building certification.
    • issue relevant Certificates of Occupancy.
    • prepare site inspection reports and legal notices in cases of unauthorised building work or building regulation contraventions.
    • serving legal notices in the correct manner including attending court where deemed necessary.
  • The principles of quality control and quality assurance;
  • The requirements for proper construction health and safety practises and the necessary steps required to correct/prevent unsafe conditions;
  • Innovative construction technologies.

Identification of Work for Professional Building Inspectors

Professional Building Inspectors shall be able to perform the following standard services under the following stages:

STAGE 1: Project Initiation and Briefing
Definition: Agreeing Client requirements and preferences, assessing User needs and options, appointment of necessary Consultants in establishing project brief, objections, priorities, constraints, assumptions and strategies in consultation with the Client.

Standard Services: Not applicable

STAGE 2: Concept and Feasibility
Definition: Finalization of the project concept and feasibility;

Standard Services: Not applicable

STAGE 3: Design Development
Definition: Manage, co-ordinate and integrate the detail design development process within the project scope, time, cost and quality parameters.

Standard Services: Not applicable

STAGE 4: Tender Documentation and Procurement
Definition: The process of establishing and implementing procurement strategies and procedures, including the preparation of necessary documentation for effective and timeous execution of the project.

Standard Services: Not applicable

STAGE 5: Construction Documentation and Management
Definition: The management and administration of the construction contracts and processes, including the preparation and co – ordination of the necessary documentation to facilitate effective execution of the works.

Standard Services:
No restrictions


  • Obtain and use an approved plan to inspect conformance of the building to statutory requirements.

During Construction

  • Inspect the condition of the soil, depth and width of footings prior to casting of foundation with rational design and performance requirements of the National Building Regulations.
  • Inspect the quality of the building construction with respect to foundation/slab, brickworks, roof structure and services to ensure compliance with rational design and performance requirements of the National Building Regulations.
  • Verify levels, alignment, and elevation of structures and fixtures to ensure building compliance.
  • Identify and respond to non-compliance in building construction and usage.
  • Select and use relevant instruments to check quality of building materials and products.
  • Identify, record and compile reports.
  • Compile court reports on non-compliance(s) and non-conformance(s) with legal and regulatory requirements on building construction.
  • Prepare cases and act as a witness in a court of law.


  • Ability to interpret all relevant construction drawings;
  • Understanding of different appropriate building methods, materials and techniques;
  • Understanding of different soil classifications;
  • Understanding and application of relevant SANS standard and non-conventional construction methods;
  • Supporting documents and photographic evidence for inspection of building;
  • Understanding and application of the legal processes to be followed in relation to non-compliances and non-conformances;
  • Understand and application of investigative techniques and procedures.

STAGE 6: Project Close Out
Definition: The process of managing and administering the project close out, including preparation and co – ordination of the necessary documentation to facilitate the effective operation of the project.

Standard Services:
No restrictions

Post Construction

  • Inspect structural integrity of building.
  • Inspection for quality of building materials.
  • Compile a report on the findings.
  • Co-ordinate site inspections and approvals with other departments (fire, electrical, health, sewerage).
  • Follow up on closing out of relevant defect liability complaints.


  • Relevant certificates in all trades;
  • Record of audits during defects liability period;
  • Final Unit Report (FUR).