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Relevant Building Surveyor ("RBS")

Relevant Building Surveyor ("RBS")

The term Relevant Building Surveyor ("RBS") is a registered building surveyor who has been selected to provide independent oversight of buildings and building work throughout the construction process and upon completion of construction to ensure that buildings are safe for use, accessible and energy efficient. The Relevant Building Surveyor may be either a Private Building Surveyor ("PBS") or the Municipal (local council) Building Surveyor ("MBS") in the area where the building is located or building work is being undertaken.

The relevant building surveyor must be a registered with the Victorian Building Authority as a Private Building Surveyor ("PBS"). A building surveyor is a registered professional trained in understanding the building process. They have three primary duties to building owners to ensure buildings are;

  • safe;
  • accessible; and
  • energy efficient.

In order to achieve their three primary duties, the relevant building surveyor has capacity to undertake the following activities in a competent manner and to a professional standard;

  • Issue building permits
  • Carry out inspections of buildings and building work
  • Issue certificates of final inspection and occupancy permits
  • Issue approvals for temporary occupation of buildings
  • Enforce safety and building standards


In preparing this definition, we have drawn from various sources including Legislation, Codes, Standards and industry information, research and knowledge.  Like the english language, these definitions may subtly change from time to time. As such these definitions are provided solely on the basis that users will be responsible for making their own assessment of the definition and and are advised to verify all relevant representations, statements and information.