Inspector of historic buildings

 21 February 2011

Inspectors of historic buildings provide advice and information on buildings of national importance. They usually work in central government to carry out their role.

The job can be varied, but the work involves:

  • Making sure that regulations concerning historic buildings are observed
  • Working with owners, local councils and heritage bodies to encourage proper management of a building. This can include changes to a building and the documentation of that change
  • Ensuring that deterioration is kept to a minimum through repairs and maintenance.

Monuments include areas such as Stonehenge or ancient burial sites, medieval fabric and other buried sites. Historic buildings include standing historic houses, factories, churches and ruins. All of these examples are of enormous historical importance. Conservation is therefore paramount in this field.

Many monuments and buildings have private owners. Inspectors of ancient builders may have responsibility for ensuring that the owner complies with regulations. This can include the scheduling, listing, conservation and preservation laws and procedures for a building.

Inspectors may also assess monuments to assess safety and advise whether a monument is suitable for visiting by the public. They may also advise on information for the public.

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