County of Alameda

Supervising Building Inspector (#8332)

Bargaining Unit: CEMU - Civil Engineer Mgmt (R30)
$61.38-$74.05 Hourly / $4,910.40-$5,924.00 BiWeekly /
$10,639.20-$12,835.33 Monthly / $127,670.40-$154,024.00 Yearly

Under general direction, to plan, organize and direct the activities of Building Inspectors assigned to inspect all phases of construction or alterations of privately-owned buildings; to perform complex inspections on jobs where difficult problems arise and where complaints regarding inspections have been registered; and to do related work as required.


This position has the primary responsibility to supervise Building Inspector I and Building Inspector II positions. The incumbent in this class is characterized by having program responsibility to establish and maintain building inspection requirements and operational procedures. The position of Supervising Building Inspector is generally responsible for the supervision and work performance of building inspection personnel. The incumbent in the higher class, as required, acts for the Building Official, and should possess the ability to oversee the coordination of work in several areas of the Building Inspection Department.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Assigns, supervises and reviews activities of subordinates engaged in enforcing compliance with building, housing, electrical, commercial, and plumbing codes.

2. Sets up inspection procedures, draft inspection report forms, and operational procedures related to code enforcement work.

3. Reviews and interprets building and housing code requirements to subordinates, the general public, engineers and contractors.

4. Receives and resolves complaints regarding inspectors and inspection services.

5. Prepares cases for condemnation or legal action by the District Attorney. Prepares evidence and testifies in court on code violation cases.

6. Supervises training, discipline, work schedules, and related matters; participates in the interviewing and selection of subordinate employees.

7. Makes periodic field inspections to ensure building construction is performed according to code requirements.

8. Reviews, analyzes, and prepares recommendations for additions or amendments to the various codes.

9. Directs the preparation and maintenance of detailed records and reports.

Either I


The equivalent of two years of experience as a Building Inspector II in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)


The equivalent of five years’ experience in the construction industry as a journeyman, including four years of recent full-time experience as an inspector in a public building inspection department. At least two years’ experience must have been served in a supervisory capacity.


The equivalent of six years’ experience as a building or construction inspector for a public agency or department. At least three years’ experience must have been in a supervisory capacity.


Possession of an associate of arts degree in engineering technology, building inspection or a related field, may be substituted for one year of the nonsupervisory work experience.


Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Building construction methods and techniques and the uses and properties of construction materials and equipment.
• Laws, ordinances and codes pertaining to building construction.
• Principles of supervision.

Ability to:

• Plan, assign, and supervise the activities of subordinate personnel.
• Read and interpret plans, specifications, and codes.
• Analyze complex building construction problems and make sound recommendations and decisions necessary to resolve such problems.
• Deal effectively with contractors, owners and others involved in building construction projects.
• Supervises the preparation and processing of detailed inspection records and reports.

Retyped 05/85
Updated 11/02/93
Revised: 3/96
Old document: 0775H.wpf
New document: Jobspecs/8332
CSC Date: 3/20/96


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.

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