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 - General Information

CICAIR Ltd (herein referred to as CICAIR) is the designated body responsible for managing the approval and termination of approval of Approved Inspectors in accordance with section 49 of the Building Act 1984 and regulations 3 and 5 of the Building (Approved Inspectors etc.) Regulations 2010.

To ensure that professional standards are maintained, all Approved Inspector applicants must undergo a robust application process and Approved Inspectors are required to seek re-approval from CICAIR every five years to maintain their Approved Inspector approval.

Application Processing Timeframe

Applications will be processed within six months of receipt to meet the requirements of the EU Services Directive. The EU Services Directive allows for this this deadline to be extended once and for a limited time. CICAIR reserve the right to extend the deadline in accordance within the Directive if necessary.

Code of Conduct for Approved Inspectors

A requirement of registration is that the applicant agrees to abide by the Code of Conduct for Approved Inspectors and any subsequent amendments. The Code of Conduct also includes a requirement to abide by the Building Control Performance Standards and all Approved Inspectors are required to operate in accordance with both documents.

The Code of Conduct for Approved Inspectors
The Code of Conduct for Approved Inspectors Guidance Notes
The Building Control Performance Standards

Impartiality

The Building Control Alliance has published a guidance note on safeguarding the impartiality of building control bodies which Approved Inspectors must pay due regard to. 

Confidentiality

The approval process is strictly confidential and applications are only made available to CICAIR staff, the CICAIR Board of Directors and the approval panel assigned to the assessment of the application. Organisations or individuals that an applicant does not wish to be privy to the application can be declared on the application form.

Insurance

All Approved Inspectors are required to be insured with an approved Scheme. Details of the approved Schemes can be found here.

Please note that, in respect of Minor Works, for the purposes of insurance Scheme approvals pursuant to the then ODPM’s guidelines issued in September 2005, the Scheme will not cover minor work as defined by Regulation 10 of the Building (Approved Inspectors etc.) Regulations 2000 in which the Approved Inspector has a professional or financial interest, unless the interest arises only from responsibility for design of any of the work.

Although permitted under the Building (Approved Inspectors etc.) Regulations and by insurance Schemes, the CICAIR Board of Directors deprecate the practice of Approved Inspectors carrying out the building control on any work that they have had a design input. 

Change of Name

There is a charge of £150 (plus VAT), payable to CICAIR Limited, to change the registered name of an Approved Inspector. When requesting a change, an Approved Inspector should submit copies of the change of name certificate issued by Companies House and the revised insurance documentation. CICAIR will issue a new Notice of Approval, amend the Register and notify the relevant authorities.

Form of Contract for Approved Inspectors

The CIC and the Association of Consultant Approved Inspectors (ACAI) have produced a bespoke contract for use by Approved Inspectors and they are encouraged to make use of it. This is the standard form of agreement for the appointment of an Approved Inspector under the Building Act 1984.

Download the Contract for the Appointment of an Approved Inspector here.

Please note that CICAIR Limited has had no involvement in the production of this contract. Any queries on its applications should be addressed to the CIC Liability Panel via enquiries@cic.org.uk.