Building inspection directions
When your home reaches a mandatory inspection stage, the builder will contact us to organise for an inspection to take place. One of our registered inspectors will visit and either approve or not approve the inspection.
As the Registered Building Surveyor (RBS), the inspection reports we provide are called a ‘Direction to Fix Building Work’. These are enforceable as part of the Building Regulations 2018. These inspections are at building stages stipulated by the Building Regulations and require us to check that the builder has met the minimum standards required by the Building Regulations and Building Act.
Our role involves making sure the building is safe and suitable for occupation. For example at the frame inspection, one thing the inspector will check is that all the screws and connections are installed properly. However, they don’t check that the walls are straight and level. That’s because it’s deemed as a quality item and isn’t required as part of the legislation. You can read more about our role and responsibility here.
Direction to fix building work process
When an inspection isn’t approved, we issue what’s called an ‘Oral Direction’. This gives the builder 7 days to fix all directions from the inspector and arrange another inspection.
If the builder can’t fix everything and obtain approval within the 7 days, we will issue a ‘Written Direction’. The Written Direction is sent to the builder and to the owner. The report will have all outstanding directions and any photos we’ve taken on-site. The builder must comply with all the directions and have the inspection stage approved before they can continue.
As the owner, you’re not required to do anything with the Written Direction. It is simply for your information and to keep you in the loop. We will continue to conduct mandatory inspections until all the directions are approved and we’re satisfied it complies.
For more detailed information on Directions to Fix Building Work, the VBA has a practice note available.