The Construction Industry Council (CIC) is the representative forum for the professional bodies, research organisations and specialist business associations in the construction industry.

Approval Process – New Applicants

Key Documents
• Approved Inspector Application Form (MS Word / PDF)
• Knowledge Base Matrix (Excel)

Please note that all fees are non-refundable.

Application Fee
£5,000 (plus VAT) payable at the time of lodging the application.

Registration Fee
The registration fee following the first year of registration is 0.9% of the Approved Inspector’s turnover and is payable annually over the five year approval period. The registration fee is calculated annually based on the most recently declared turnover and the minimum registration fee is £1,000 (plus VAT) per annum.

Audit Fees

New Approved inspectors are audited twice within the first five years of approval. The first initial audit will be conducted within the first 12 months of approval with a re-approval audit taking place within the first five years of approval.

An audit fee of £2,000 (plus VAT) per audit day is payable for the first initial audit. An audit fee of £5,000 (plus VAT) is payable for the re-approval audit which is normally undertaken 18-24 months before the expiry of the approval. Any additional audit days that are required during the approval period will be charged at £2,000 (plus VAT) per audit day.

Following re-approval, auditing will then be undertaken at least once during every subsequent five year approval period. Renewal of the Notice of Approval is dependant on satisfactory completion of the annual monitoring and audit process.

Application Process

Approved Inspector applicants must possess an appropriate building control qualification and/or be a full Chartered member of one of the professional or regulatory bodies that are full members of the construction Industry Council (normally the RICS, CABE or CIOB). Applicants must also be able to demonstrate at least five years direct experience in a building control environment.

There are four stages involved in the approval process to become an Approved Inspector. Application forms can be downloaded from the links at the top of this page.

Stage 1. Application

The applicant completes an application form that provides comprehensive information on the applicant’s skills, knowledge and experience, and their plans for the Approved Inspector business including the systems and processes that will underpin the operation of the business. The application also requires that a detailed knowledge base is provided which is a demonstration, through practical examples or case studies, of how the knowledge and experience of the applicant equips them for the duties and responsibilities of an Approved Inspector. The knowledge base addresses five key areas:

• Building Control Legislation and Associated Requirements
• Structural Design
• Fire Safety
• Construction Technology and Sustainability
• Building Services and Environmental Engineering

A Knowledge Base Matrix is also required which summarises the information that is provided within the Knowledge Base sections. The matrix can be downloaded from the link at the top of this page.

Stage 2. Pre-Qualification Verification

On receipt of an application, the CICAIR Registrar will check that all the information requested on the application form has been satisfactorily provided, the application is in the required format and the application fee has been received. If the CICAIR Registrar does not consider that the information required by the application has been satisfactorily completed or addressed, the application may be rejected.

Stage 3. Approval Panel Interview

On successful completion of the pre-qualification verification, the applicant is called to an interview where the applicant makes a short presentation to an approval panel outlining their experience and business plans. The approval panel will consider the application and question the applicant to decide whether the applicant has demonstrated the necessary experience, knowledge and business skills to be approved as an Approved Inspector. The approval panel is constituted by up to three members and can include both Approved Inspectors and knowledgeable persons.

Additional information may be required following an interview, follow-up interviews may be required and the approval panel may defer a decision on an application until they determine that any queries or concerns they may have are resolved.

Stage 4. Notification of Decision

Should the approval panel recommend that the application be approved, the applicant will be invited to register as an Approved Inspector. Registration requires that the applicant agrees to abide by the Code of Conduct for Approved Inspectors and the Building Control Performance Standards. Approved Inspector registration is valid for a period of five years, after which time re-approval is required.

Should the application not be approved, the applicant will be informed of the appeal process at the time the decision is notified.