Plumbing Inspector(Limited Term)

This position is Exempt from the State of Delaware Merit System

Recruitment #030922-MCCZ21-350500


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Summary Statement

Plumbing Inspectors perform inspections on plumbing--commercial, residential, and new construction when required by Delaware Code. The position is responsible for tracking inspections, contacting, coordinating with licensed plumbers and homeowners and working cooperatively with the regulated community and program staff. Inspections ensure new or updated plumbing meets industry-accepted standards. This is an important task for public heath as installation not meeting code requirements could lead to uninhabitable homes and buildings

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Receives and approves applications for plumbing permits. Determines applicable codes, ordinances, regulations and standards for perspective work. Evaluates required plans, drawings and specifications to ensure all requirements are met. Issues permits and coordinates with plumbers and homeowners to determine timing of site inspections.
  • Inspects the installation of underground and roughed-in plumbing to assure work is done according to approved plans, specifications and acceptable plumbing standards by authorized persons. Performs final plumbing inspection upon completion of work. Contacts and/or meets with plumbers and homeowners to notify of work not in compliance with codes, regulations, etc. and to advise of requirements.
  • Performs facilitating inspection services to enable health officials to insure the control of water and sewage related diseases.
  • Receives, investigates and documents complaints and incidents concerning dangerous or improper conditions and water seepage and/or sewage. Determines causes and confers with property owners and/or tenants to explain and resolve problems.  Notifies and/or coordinates with other appropriate enforcement/regulatory agencies, as necessary.
  • Cites violation of codes, recommends and enforces corrective action. Conducts follow-up inspection(s). Works with superiors and the Attorney General's Office in cases that require legal action. Gathers evidence. Takes photographs of areas in violation. Testifies in court as necessary.
  • Represents the agency in contacts with local, county and other State inspection and enforcement units on plumbing system issues.  Performs special investigations of plumbing systems and/or develops and recommends corrective action plans.
  • Interprets and explains plumbing code and related regulations to registered plumbers and homeowners.
  • Prepares reports and maintains records pertinent to inspections and enforcement.
  • Keeps abreast of changes in applicable codes, ordinances, regulations and standards.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Plumbing Inspector
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Possession of a Certificate of Registry as a plumber by the State Board of Health.
  2. At least ten years experience performing plumbing and sanitation work.   
  3. Six months experience in ensuring compliance with laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures.

Additional Posting Information

Due to a new requirement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) the following mandate is effective January 27, 2022: As a condition of employment, employees providing health care services and/or support services in covered facilities must show proof that they have received the dose of a single J&J dose or the 1st dose of Moderna/Pfizer two-dose vaccine effective date January 27, 2022, and proof of the single J&J dose or the 2nd dose of Moderna/Pfizer two-dose vaccine by February. 28, 2022. Employees may not provide any care, treatment, or other services until proof is provided.  Based on CMS guidance, the date for compliance may extend into March due to the health care facilities high vaccination rate of staff.  If you accept a position with the facility, your Human Resources representative can provide more guidance.  The only exception to these requirements is for those employees granted medical or religious exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which may require weekly COVID-19 testing. This will be in effect until further notice.  More information can be found here

Conditions of Hire

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. The State of Delaware participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. For more information refer to our Job Seeker Resources.

DHSS does not provide employment-based sponsorship.


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Selection Process

The application and supplemental questionnaire are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email.  Please keep your contact information current.  You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at Delaware State Jobs.


Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.

The State of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage and seek out a workforce representative of Delaware including race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.