Principal Building Control Manager

£39,880 - £43,857 yearly
  • Denbighshire County Council
  • Ffordd Caledfryn, Denbigh, UK
  • 13 Oct, 2020
Permanent,   Full Time   Building Control Management

Job Description

Job Purpose

Managing with full responsibility the Authorities Building Control function in line with the statutory legislative requirements placed on the Authority, keeping abreast of new legislation and ensuring its full implementation and administration at all times.

Managing with full responsibility the Authorities Land Charges function in line with the statutory legislative requirements placed on the Authority, keeping abreast of new legislation and ensuring its full implementation and administration at all times.

To deliver responsive and high quality public services and effectively contribute towards achieving the Council’s priorities

To support and assist the Development and Building Control Manager in managing resources; to strategically and continuously develop the service and achieve efficient and effective service delivery.

To provide high quality professional and customer focussed advice and direction on all building control and land charges matters.

Principal Accountabilities and Responsibilities

  • To act as lead for the Service on all building control and structural matters.
  • Contribute to the management, administration, review and improvement of the Building Control service through effective performance management in an extremely competitive market.
  • To formulate Building Control procedures and the facilitation of changes in function and work practices.
  • Ensure effective communication of building control information to relevant services, stakeholders and the public, including staff within the team and Council colleagues.
  • To implement and enforce the provisions of the legislation such as Building Regulations, Building Act and associated legislation to ensure that completed buildings satisfy these provisions, and to liaise where appropriate with other departments and agencies.
  • To prioritise and programme the work of the team and regularly monitor progress to ensure that performance is evaluated and improvements are taken forward.
  • To ensure the effective and efficient delivery of the Building Regulation function and to assist with the checking and processing of applications as well as ensuring that the service remains competitive and efficient.
  • As appropriate, attend and advise meetings of Council Committees, Cabinet and other formal and informal groups, ensuring Members of the Council are able to make properly informed decisions on building control, structural matters and Service related matters.
  • Effectively manage a case load of the more complex Building Regulation applications and proposed demolition works.
  • Carry out inspections and determine appropriate action, including enforcement action and legal proceedings. Act as Service’s witness in building control matters and to prepare statements for appeals and legal proceedings.
  • Assess reported dangerous structures and determine appropriate measures to be taken and initiate the service of statutory notices and, where authorised, sign notices.
  • To ensure the effective and efficient delivery of the Land Charges function for the Council by monitoring and, where necessary adapting, records, response times and all procedures.
  • Actively promote and market the Council’s Building Control and Land Charges Service.
  • Contribute, and where appropriate, lead on the development of procedures, systems (including quality control) and guidelines for the management of building control processes and corporate procedures.
  • Develop successful and effective partnerships with Government departments, regional bodies, strategic organisations, local community groups and partners to ensure corporate, strategic and service delivery objectives are met
  • Maintaining, reviewing and improving the computerised and other record and register systems of the service and to Contribute to the management and development of ICT systems and applications within the service and to develop and promote web site access of the building regulation function
  • Ensure appropriate risk management and audit processes are in place and regular risk assessment undertaken to minimise the Council’s exposure to risk, legal challenges or financial loss.
  • Authorise expenditure on the Council’s behalf to remove dangerous structures, where appropriate
  • To undertake such duties arising on a day to day basis as are necessary for the smooth running of the department, which fall within the general responsibility level of the post.
  • Provide appropriate guidance to team members to enable them to be able to undertake their work in a professional and efficient manner, and to liaise with and give instructions to support staff.
  • To ensure that relevant policies are complied with including Health and Safety legislation.
  • To deputise when needed for the Development and Building Control manager and to undertake any other duties as requested by the Development and Building Control Manager and Head of Service.


Laptop, mobile phone, camera, damp meter, other relevant building control equipment.

Supervision/Management of People

To supervise a team of professional Surveyors and land charges officers in the delivery of those functions.

Knowledge, Skills, Training and Experience

  • A recognised qualification to degree level in construction related subject with a minimum of 5 years experience in building construction, building surveying and legislation in the wider built environment.
  • Must have significant experience and a good working knowledge of relevant statutory legislation with the ability to interpret and implement statutory regulations.
  • Must have the ability to operate at a strategic level and demonstrate a commitment to keeping up to date with “best practice” approaches to Built Environment issues
  • Proven track record of good project and management skills and a knowledge and understanding of procurement issues including legal, financial and property issues affecting project management
  • Experienced in conflict avoidance and dispute resolution
  • Experience of managing targets and comprehensive performance monitoring/ management
  • Full membership or working towards full membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors or Association of Building Engineers with evidence of continued professional development.
  • Knowledge and experience of information technology and data management systems.
  • Be able to demonstrate a high level of interpersonal, communication and research skills.

Special Working Conditions

The post holder must have the ability to travel. Although this post is 37 hours per week, a flexible approach to core

Employment Checks/ Specific Requirements

All new starters are required to undergo our standard safer recruitment checks; 2 satisfactory references covering 3 years employment, evidence of essential qualifications, evidence of Right to Work in the UK.

Safeguarding Statement

Denbighshire County Council recognises its obligations to safeguard children and adults together with preventing slavery and human trafficking and will do all in its power to prevent slavery and human trafficking within its business. Modern slavery can take many forms including the trafficking of people, forced labour, servitude and slavery.

Safeguarding is everyone’s business and all Denbighshire employees are required to work in accordance with the Council’s Child / Adult Safeguarding policies and procedures and have a duty to report any concerns which may be noted during the course of their duties and are asked to be alert to the signs of exploitation. Concerns should be raised via their Designated Safeguarding Manager in order that the Council can take prompt action when exploitation is identified.


This role will support the multi-discipline project led approach to delivering service priorities. The role will contribute towards the integrated and efficient day to day operational delivery of service activities to all customers, businesses and communities across the County. Postholder is expected to work independently and as part of a team to carry out their core functions and the wider section activities and priorities.

Person Specification

The Person Specification sets out the skills, knowledge and experience that are considered to be necessary to carry out the duties of the post effectively. It will be used in the short-listing and interview process for this post. You should demonstrate on your application form how you meet these criteria as you will only be shortlisted if you meet all of the essential criteria (and desirable criteria where applicable).

Education & qualifications


  • The postholder must be a full member of a relevant Chartered Association of Building Engineers or Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors


  • A recognised qualification to degree level in construction

Relevant experience


  • Must have at least 5 years’ experience within the building control profession and the relevant legislation with evidence of continued professional development


  • Experience of effectively managing a team

Job related knowledge & skills


  • Awareness of relevant current national and local strategic policy developments and initiatives affecting building control and built environment.
  • Excellent working knowledge and experience of information technology , data management systems and data analysis


  • Leadership skills

Personal qualities


  • Demonstrate skills in effective multi agency / organisation partnership working. Self motivation and initiative receptive to new ideas and ability to translate for implementation
  • Good analytical and communication skills (written and oral)

Other requirements


  • Full valid driving licence
  • Able to demonstrate genuine interest and understanding of built environment profession including potential funding mechanisms.
  • Empathy with the Welsh Language and Culture


  • Ability to speak and write in Welsh.