Cessnock City Council

Building Surveyor

Posted: 28 Apr
Closes: 26 May
Cessnock, NSW, 2325


About the opportunity

We seek an experienced and highly motivated Building Surveyor to make statutory planning and building related decisions associated with residential buildings and their surrounding environments.

The focus areas of the position include residential development assessment of Development Applications, Complying Development applications and Construction Certificate applications, inspection and issuing of certificates as a registered certifier, bushfire risk assessments, swimming pool compliance audits, regulation of plumbing and drainage work, complaint investigations, compliance and regulatory enforcement, provision of statutory and technical advice to internal and external stakeholders and provision of superior customer service.

Other key responsibilities will include:

  • Provide statutory services relating to planning and building certification matters for residential buildings;
  • Perform the functions and role of a Registered Certifier on behalf of Council as the Principal Certifier and in accordance with the conditions of registration under the Building and Development Certifiers Act and Regulation;
  • Perform the function and role of an Authorised Person within the meaning of the Plumbing and Drainage Act and Regulations on behalf of Council as a delegated plumbing regulator; and
  • Provide professional services to the Building Services Team and support to the Building Services Team Leader to enable the strategies, goals and programs of the team to be achieved.

About you

To succeed in this role, you will have:

  • Degree in Applied Science, Environmental Health or Building Surveying or other equivalent discipline relevant to the position;
  • Either possess or be eligible for minimum Class of Registration – Building Surveyor – restricted (class 1 and 10 building) under the Building and Development Certifiers Regulation;
  • Demonstrated experience in building assessment and inspection work (minimum 2 years), including the assessment, approval and inspection of class 1 & 10 buildings as defined within the Building Code of Australia (BCA);
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team, fostering an environment based on teamwork and cooperation; and
  • Demonstrated well-developed negotiation and conflict resolution skills with an open engagement style.


$77,189 to 88,768 per annum plus 11% superannuation


  • Full-time 35 hours per week
  • 19 day month/RDO scheme
  • Leaseback Vehicle 
  • Flexible work arrangements and work/life balance
  • Generous corporate fitness program
  • Picturesque Hunter Valley location!

Applications Close: Thursday 26 May 2022 at 11.30pm

Who to Contact:

Darren Layt, Senior Building Surveyor on 02 4993 4121

How to Apply:

Before applying, please read the position description below.

Position Description

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Pre-Employment Screening:

Please note, prior to an offer of employment being made, recommended candidates will be required to undertake a medical assessment (including drug and alcohol testing). Council may also complete a range of other pre-employment checks, such as references, employment history checks, working with children checks or a criminal record check.

Guided by staff values of integrity, respect, teamwork, accountability and excellence, Cessnock City Council is indeed an attractive, thriving Council and employer of choice.