Our Building Standards team is expanding, but we’re also reshaping our services. It’s an exciting time for us, and we need to make sure our services can support Edinburgh’s phenomenal growth (which involves a range of new construction projects, including new housing).

Edinburgh is one of the most dynamic and most visited historic cities in the world but we’re also home to 500,000 citizens. Building standards surveyors make sure that building and other regulations are followed when houses, offices and other buildings are designed, constructed, altered, extended or converted.

If you’re interested in becoming part of our team and want to know more, why not take a look at the opportunities on offer and then speak to one of the team.

Who we're looking for

Are you a leader who’s keen to make a difference? Maybe you’re newly trained in a relevant field? Do you have experience in surveying, construction, project management, architecture or the trades? Whatever your circumstances, get in touch and we can speak to you about what we can offer.

For more experienced professionals and leaders, we require hands on experience in delivering building standards services and relevant professional membership. We’re particularly interested if you have transferable skills and can bring experience in:

  • service design and documentation
  • IT system development
  • customer service excellence and improvements
  • quality assurance
  • mentoring and developing teams.


Looking for a career change?

You don’t have to be a trained building standards surveyor for some of our roles. Maybe you want to get more work-life balance or reduce your work commitments as you move towards retirement? Or are you looking for a part-time role?

We’d especially like to hear from you, if you:

  • have an HNC/D or a degree at college/university in a building related subject eg built environment, building studies, civil engineering, structural engineering or building surveying
  • work in the construction or building industries project management, with a site agent or as construction team leader
  • worked as a sole-trader in one of the building trades or led a team of trades people and you have a good all-round knowledge of construction projects
  • work for NHBC or other construction standards schemes
  • trained as a surveyor, quantity surveyor, architect/architectural assistant or other building related discipline
  • currently work for other councils in building standards.

What you’ll get working for us


Whether you're early in your career or an experienced professional, we can offer talented people great opportunities to:

  • develop/expand your skills working on diverse projects and building developments from large-scale construction projects to historic landmarks, listed buildings and an ever-expanding and changing residential portfolio
  • shape and make Edinburgh’s buildings safer and more environmentally friendly
  • make a difference through mentoring and training junior members of the team to develop their skills and careers (if you are a more experienced building standards surveyor).


Competitive package

  • Salary range starting at £24,000 to most experienced roles in range of £40,900 - £48,900
  • Generous annual leave – for full-time staff, it’s 26 days on starting, 31 days after five years’ and 34 after ten years’. Pro rata for part-time staff.
  • Six fixed public holidays 



  • No UK travel – Edinburgh based only
  • Flexible, part-time and mobile working
  • A 36-hour working week – part-time hours can vary
  • Workplace pension with employer contributions
  • Excellent child and family friendly conditions to support your work-life balance
  • Easy commuting with excellent travel links for rail, tram and bus and schemes for car lease, season ticket purchase, and ride to work
  • Supportive working environment designed to set you up for success


Why work in Edinburgh?

Edinburgh is known as Scotland's capital city, but also its festival, business and cultural capital too. The city is home to the Scottish Parliament and some of the most recognisable landmarks in Europe. You can read more about working and living in the city on the This is Edinburgh website.

The Council is at the heart of the city. Almost half a million people call Edinburgh home and we get nearly four million domestic and overseas visitors each year. It’s never been more important for us as a Council to make sure our city is a great place to live, work and enjoy. 

Edinburgh continues to be the most prosperous UK city outside London and has the fastest growing population in the UK, except for Manchester. Business has grown by over 20% from 2011 to 2016. We are a base for world-leading companies like Skyscanner, Amazon and Diageo. The Council is also committed to delivering 20,000 affordable homes over the next ten years, working with housing sector partners.

Edinburgh offers building standard professionals huge opportunities to gain a wide range of experience due to the diversity of buildings, construction and developments. Few other cities in the UK have such a wide range of buildings, from historic landmarks to listed buildings, areas of World Heritage status to major new infrastructure developments. But don’t take our word for it, you can meet some of your future colleagues and read what say about working for us on our website.

About the Council

Around 16,000 people work for us. Our team is as diverse as the services we provide, from refuse collection to museums and galleries, parks to planning, schools to social care. Services that matter and that people rely on. Services that make this city a great place to live in and visit. And services we want our people to be proud of delivering. You can find out more about our services on our website.

New to building standards?

Building standards surveyors make sure that building regulations and other legislation are followed when houses, offices and all other building types are designed and constructed or are being altered, extended or converted.

The building standards system, which is administered and enforced by Scottish councils, protects the public interest. It sets out the essential standards, that meet the building regulations, when building work or a conversion takes place.

The Council’s building standards team are the “verifiers” who are responsible for granting permission for work to be done through building warrants and for a completed building to be occupied by awarding a completion certificate. In some parts of the UK the service/system has been known as building control but building standards reflects better the nature of the service/system.

If a building looks like it will not meet the requirements of the building regulations, a building standards surveyor can give advice on how to find a solution to this. On complex projects, they may be involved at the pre-application stage to comment on design and safety issues, and suggest alternative processes to reduce the risk of delays and save costs.

You can read more about the building standards customer journey in Scotland on the Scottish Government’s website

Available jobs and how to apply

We’re recruiting to these posts.

The closing date for application for all roles is 16 September 2018. Please note that you must apply online.

Team Manager

Salary range £40,903 - £48,975

You will be an experienced leader with a track record in managing change and improving standards. Your background will be in delivering building standards/control services and you will have a full corporate membership in a relevant discipline with an appropriate professional body or equivalent level of experience.  

Apply online for this role


Senior Building Standards Surveyor

Salary range £34,234 -£40,903

You will be an experienced senior building standards/control professional and have a full corporate membership in a relevant discipline with an appropriate professional body, or equivalent level of experience.  You will be committed to making a difference to improve our customer journey and support the team to deliver high quality services. 

For permanent post:  Apply online for this role

Fixed term post: Apply online for this role


Building Standards Surveyor

Salary range £28,688 - £34,234

You will be qualified to degree level or have equivalent relevant experience. You will have excellent customer service skills, a desire to shape our vision for making Edinburgh’s building safer and more environmentally friendly and have the knowledge and skills to deliver the operational services and projects.

Apply online for this role


Assistant Building Standards Surveyor

Salary range £24,029 - £28,688

You will be looking for a career opportunity to work in this field and have transferable skills for this key role.  You will possess a HND/SVQ4 level education or comparable relevant experience and demonstrate the knowledge and skills to contribute to the improvement of our service.

For permanent post:  Apply online for this role

Fixed term post: Apply online for this role


Speak to someone about the roles

If you would like an informal chat before you apply, please give us your details and one of the service managers will call you at a time which suits you.

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