County of Alameda

Zoning Investigator II (#8680)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Misc Prof/Tech (011)
$47.84-$57.15 Hourly / $3,827.20-$4,572.00 BiWeekly /
$8,292.27-$9,906.00 Monthly / $99,507.20-$118,872.00 Yearly

Zoning Investigators are primarily responsible for the office and field investigation work involved in the enforcement of land-use codes and ordinances dealing with zoning, subdivision, surface mining, neighborhood preservation, abandoned vehicles, and sign amortization. Investigative work includes reviewing and resolving complaints of violations involving the misuse of buildings, vehicles and property; and do related work as required.


The class of Zoning Investigator is a flexible staffed series located in the Planning Department of the Community Development Agency.

Under general supervision, incumbents in the classification of Zoning Investigator II perform the full range of journey level functions related to office and field investigation work such as recurring complaints relating to problem properties once departmental and program policies and procedures are learned. This classification is distinguished from the Zoning Investigator I in that the latter performs the simpler office and field investigation work under close supervision. This classification is further distinguished from the Zoning Investigator III in that the latter perform the professional level functions related to office and field investigation work, and act as a lead in the training, instructing and directing of lower level investigators. Upon completion of one-year as a Zoning Investigator II, incumbents are evaluated for potentially flexing-up to a Zoning Investigator III.

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. Investigates alleged violations of the Zoning, Subdivision, Surface Mining, Neighborhood Preservation, and Abandoned Vehicle Ordinances by interviewing the public, researching pertinent records, interpreting relevant code or ordinance sections, and inspecting the alleged violations.

2. Attempts to obtain voluntary compliance in cases of violation; and provides precise verbal or written notification of steps necessary to comply with relevant codes or ordinances;

3. Enforces land-use codes and ordinances by conducting investigations to obtain evidence necessary for the issuance of criminal complaints

4. Appears as witness in court enforcement proceedings.

5. Conducts periodic inspections of premises operating under Conditional Use Permits or Variances and obtains compliance with the conditions of such Conditional Use Permits and Variances.

6. Conducts surveys of signs in connection with the County Sign Amortization Program and notifies violators of the need to relocate, alter, or remove non-conforming signs.

7. Conducts investigations and prepares studies on land-use problem issues for the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, and/or Boards of Zoning Adjustments as directed.

8. Prepares reports and surveys, attends meetings, responds to inquiries from the public, keeps informed on code and ordinance changes, and works closely with other departments and agencies.

9. Educates the public on the advantages of zoning laws and maintains good public relations regarding the enforcement program.

One year full-time experience in the class of Zoning Investigator I or Planner I in Alameda County Community Development Agency's Planning Department.


The equivalent of two years full-time experience in investigative work for a public agency in zoning, law enforcement, building inspection, health inspection, welfare, or construction sales; or, three years full time experience dealing directly with complaints from the public or enforcing codes, regulations and/or standards.


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:

• Elements of planning and zoning theory.
• Basic legal principles relating to law enforcement.
• Effective investigative techniques, including interviewing and rules of evidence.
• Effective public relations techniques.
• Related computer applications.

Ability to:
• Learn and enforce laws and ordinances governing land use.
• Plan and organize work.
• Analyze and solve problems.
• Make decisions.
• Exercise analytical ability, tact, and good judgment in land-use ordinance enforcement.
• Work effectively with citizens, homeowner groups, boards, and commissions.
• Prepare clear and concise reports.
• Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

FW:nw/Revised 2-1-73
JGS:pb/Revised 6/90
DF:jc/Revised/Retitled: 8/99
CSC Date: 12/15/99
DR:po Revised 8/18/09
CSC Date: 09/23/09


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) 
  • 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
  • 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.


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