Decision details

NMD Building Control

Decision Maker: Strategy and Resources Committee

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The Committee considered a report by the Head of Planning, Housing and Health (circulated previously) regarding NMD Building Control fees.


The Head of Planning, Housing and Health highlighted the following:


·       The NMD Building Control service was facing a challenging time following the departure of a number of employees since September 2022. 

·       The current salary levels and benefits package was considered to be a contributing factor in the service’s inability to retain and attract staff.  The private sector offered very attractive financial packages.

·       Current surveyor salaries need to be enhanced to be competitive with the private sector.

·       A market supplement of 10% of basic for the surveyor positions could be accommodated by an 8% increase in fees to make the positions more attractive in the market place.


In response to questions, the Head of Planning, Housing and Health advised the following:


·       Officers had carried out analysis of the private sector building control fees.

·       Elements of the Building Control service was a statutory function and there were aspects that could only be delivered by a Local Authority.


Councillors Lane and Prowse declared non-registerable interests as they used the NMD Building Control service as part of his work.


RECOMMENDED that Building Control fees be increased by 8% with immediate effect, subject to there being no adverse representations received following the notice of intention to make this change.

Publication date: 24/01/2023

Date of decision: 09/01/2023

Decided at meeting: 09/01/2023 - Strategy and Resources Committee

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