Building Codes Inspector (Plumbing)

Recruitment #1906-BCINSPCPR4-002



Hillsborough County Government provides employees with careers that are both professionally and personally rewarding. With a wide range of independent agencies to choose from, the opportunities within Hillsborough County Government are endless! You are not just an employee within the government, you are an ambassador and business partner making a huge impact within our community that helps shape our future.


Our mission is to provide effective quality service at a reasonable cost with courtesy, integrity and accountability in a manner that protects and enhances the quality of life of our diverse population.


  • High school graduate or in possession of a GED certificate
  • 5 years of experience in the applicable construction trade or related field inspection or plans review
  • Possesses a Standard Inspector License issued under Chapter 468 of the Florida Statutes or has the ability to obtain said license with 12 months of hiring
  • Ability to demonstrate working knowledge of the current State of Florida Building Codes


Performs inspection of building construction or the installation of plumbing, electrical, gas systems or mechanical equipment construction, alterations, and repair, and enforces construction in compliance with state and county codes.


Graduation from high school or possession of a G.E.D Certificate; and
Two years of experience as a licensed Inspector under Chapter 468 of the Florida Statutes; and
Possession of a related Standard Plans Examiner License issued under Chapter 468 of the Florida Statutes; or possession of a related Provisional Plans Examiner License issued under Chapter 468 of the Florida Statutes within the probationary period, and obtain Standard Plans Examiner License on the related trade prior to completion of the probationary period; and
Possession of a valid Driver License.


  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals


Medium work - Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.


  • Ability to climb ladders, rafters and scaffolding; crawl into attics and under buildings;
  • Job tasks involve frequent walking, standing, bending, stooping; unassisted lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of moderately heavy objects up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to differentiate between colors or shades of color
  • Tasks require infrequent exposure to adverse environmental conditions


Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform some or all of the activities described below.

  • Inspects existing buildings for structural, plumbing, electrical, and/or mechanical compliance with codes 
  • Performs inspections of constructions, installations and repairs, and issues notices of code violations applicable to the trade in accordance with the Florida Building Codes and Hillsborough County Construction Ordinance. 
  • Reviews plans and specifications for proposed construction of buildings and building improvements 
  • Inspects all work upon completion and signs permit giving final approval. 
  • Makes routine and periodic inspections of assigned area to check for violations and hazardous conditions 
  • Testifies before the Board of Adjustment and Appeals or in a court of law when subpoenaed. 
  • Trains lower level Building Inspectors in their initial inspection duties and procedures. 
  • Answers questions from the public pertaining to building issues 
  • Prepares work sheets and daily activity reports 
  • Prepares and submits reports of buildings in violation of building, plumbing, mechanical or electrical codes. 
  • Performs other related duties as required.


    • Knowledge of State and local codes and laws governing building construction or mechanical, electrical, gas or plumbing system construction and installation.
    • Knowledge of the principles and practices of building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical construction and maintenance
    • Knowledge of inspection methods and procedures, and knowledge of OSHA construction site safety requirements. 
    • Knowledge of the materials and methods used in general building construction
    • Knowledge of the applicable building trade and of stages of construction when possible defects and violations may most easily be observed and corrected.
    • Some knowledge of applicable County and office policies and procedures.
    • Ability to read and interpret plans diagrams, blueprints, and specifications.
    • Ability to prepare reports and maintain records.
    • Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide; interpret graphs; calculate decimals and percentages; utilize algebraic and geometric principles.
    • Ability to use a computer and related software.
    • Ability to understand established building codes in the applicable trade
    • Ability to recognize faulty construction or hazardous conditions
    • Ability to read and interpret building construction plans and specifications
    • Ability to enforce codes and regulations firmly, tactfully and impartially
    • Ability to work effectively with others.
    • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees, contractors, engineers and the general public
    • Knowledge of State and local codes and laws governing building construction or mechanical, electrical, gas or plumbing system construction and installation.
    • Knowledge of inspection methods and procedures.
    • Contributes toward the successful implementation of business strategies and plans
    • Demonstrates effective problem solving efforts and generates new ideas
    • Ability to train others.



    We offer much more than the competitive pay you expect. We value our employees and Hillsborough County Government is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. And because we understand that no two people are exactly alike, you can choose what best suits the needs of you and your family.

    • Health Plan: The County pays towards health insurance premiums for all employees. Employees can select from two (2) healthcare plan options. Coverage is effective the first of the month following thirty (30) days of employment.
    • Dental Insurance: Employees are eligible to enroll in the dental coverage and choose from four options: High DMO, Low DMO, a network Open Access Plan, and a PPO. Coverage is effective the first of the month following thirty (30) days of employment.
    • Vision Care: Employees and their dependents are eligible to enroll in the vision coverage. Co-payment coverage includes exams, lens and frame, as well as an allowable contact lens expense. Coverage is effective the first of the month following thirty (30) days of employment.
    • Employee Assistance Program: This program provides all employees and family members with professional, confidential counseling sessions. All employees and dependents are afforded up to six (6) free visits per Plan year. Coverage begins on the first day of employment.
    • Tuition Reimbursement: Employees may be reimbursed up to $1,000 (undergraduate), $2000 (graduate) per fiscal year for classes at an accredited college or university for courses that enhance your ability to perform your current job duties.
    • Holidays: Employees receive up to twelve (12) paid holidays per year.

    Visit our Benefits page for more exciting details.

    Veteran’s Preference:

    Do you qualify for Veteran's Preference? Preference will only be entitled upon initial appointment for eligible veterans and eligible spouses of veterans. Documentation that clearly shows dates of service, campaign awards or medals received, and character of discharge (DD-214 Member-4 or Service-2 copy) to support entitlement to preference must be provided at the time of application.

    Equal Opportunity Employer:

    Hillsborough County Government provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Hillsborough County Government complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

    Hillsborough County welcomes and encourages applications from minorities, veterans, and persons with physical and mental disabilities, and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons in the application and testing process. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation requests will be on a case-by-case basis.

    Hillsborough County Government expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Hillsborough County Government’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge

    Hillsborough County is a drug free workplace.

    Response/Recovery Activities:

    Employees are required to participate in response/recovery activities in response to an emergency or natural disaster affecting County operations and/or its citizens. In such situations, every effort will be made to maintain operations, but employees will be assigned to carry out response activities suited to their skills and capabilities. *MON*