21 August 2023 (updated 16 October 2023)

Notice regarding changes to the way the building control profession will be regulated from April 2024

CICAIR Ltd (“CICAIR”) is presently the body designated by the Secretary of State in England and the Welsh Minister in Wales, to maintain and operate the Construction Industry Council Approved Inspectors Register (“the Register”).

However, following royal assent of the Building Safety Act 2022, the Health and Safety Executive is in the process of setting up a new regulatory body, the Building Safety Regulator (“BSR”). A similar process is being undertaken by Welsh Ministers in Wales.

BSR and Welsh Ministers will have three main functions:

  1. Overseeing the safety and standards of all buildings;
  2. Regulation of the building control profession; and
  3. Leading implementation of the new regulatory framework for ‘higher-risk’ buildings.

As part of the second function mentioned above, BSR will establish and maintain a register of building inspectors and a separate register of building control approvers (“the BSR Registers”) in England and discussions are also underway for the BSR to undertake this function on behalf of Welsh Ministers in Wales, as a means of regulating the standards of building control professionals and increasing accountability across the sector. This will subsume CICAIR’s current role in maintaining and operating the Approved Inspectors Register with effect from April 2024.

The BSR has now opened its Registers.  Information on how to apply to become a registered building inspector or a registered building control approver can be found below.

Registration with BSR will become mandatory in April 2024.

Registration for building inspectors

Registration for building control approvers

Further information on the new regulatory regime for the building control profession can be found here.

As part of the transition arrangements necessary to implement this new regulatory framework, and in accordance with CICAIR’s Designation, CICAIR will be transferring data held in connection with its regulatory role to the Department For Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (“DLUHC”) and the Welsh Government.

As soon as further information becomes available on the transition to the new regulatory regime, we will update our website accordingly.