Chief Building Inspector

Recruitment #1907-CHFBINCMG5-001



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.




Performs supervisory and administrative duties directing the inspection of building construction of the installation of plumbing, electrical, or gas or mechanical equipment or reviewing approved plans for compliance with state and county codes, laws and ordinances.


  • Graduation from high school or possession of a G.E.D Certificate; AND
  • Ten years of experience as a licensed Inspector under Chapter 468 of the Florida Statutes; including five years in a supervisory capacity; AND
  • Three years' experience reviewing construction plans for compliance with the Florida Building Codes and Hillsborough County’s Construction Ordinance;


  • An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-related competencies noted below; AND        
  • Possession of a related standard Plans Examiner License issued under Chapter 468 of the Florida Statutes; AND
  • Possession 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


  • Light work - Exerting up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.  If the use of arm and/or leg control requires exertion of forces greater than that of sedentary work and if the worker sits most of the time, the job is considered light work.


  • 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 one or more of the activities described below.

  • Supervises by planning, assigning, directing, and reviewing work of subordinates; providing training and counseling; evaluating performance to ensure all work activities are carried out properly and in accordance with governing directives.
  • Converses with building official on general policies related to departmental policy, special assignments, and on matters relating to department policy.
  • Reviews plans and specifications for building permits, checking for compliance with existing state of Florida Building Codes and Hillsborough County Construction Ordinance.
  • Inspects building construction or the installation of plumbing, electrical, or gas systems or mechanical equipment for compliance with state and county codes, laws and ordinances.
  • Explains and interprets the Energy Code, as it relates to the building and all phones of energy conservation in building construction.
  • Inspects construction sites for compliance issues and makes final decision on code compliance. Assesses code inspection complaints and takes appropriate action.
  • Attends Code compliance cases with the Construction Broad of Adjustment and Appeals.
  • Issues citations or notices of violation for non-compliance of Florida Building Codes or Hillsborough County Construction Ordinance.
  • Testifies before the Board of Adjustment and Appeals or in a court of law when subpoenaed.
  • Audits inspector certifications periodically to ensure they are current. Schedules vehicle maintenance and informs inspectors of scheduled date to ensure vehicles are properly maintained and operational ready.
  • Schedules Continuing Education Unit (CEU) classes for inspectors to ensure State requirements are met and certifications are kept current.
  • Attends industry meetings to address upcoming Code issues.
  • 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 inspection methods and procedures.
    • Knowledge of construction plan examination methods and techniques.
    • Knowledge of applicable County and office policies and procedures.
    • Knowledge of OSHA construction site safety requirements.
    • Knowledge of County performance management process.
    • Ability to read and interpret construction plans, diagrams, blueprints, and specifications. 
    • Ability to work effectively with others.
    • Ability to train others.
    • Ability to objectively rate employee performance.
    • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
    • Ability to plan, organize and supervise the work of others.
    • Ability to prepare reports and maintain records.
    • Ability to work outside in a subtropical climate in adverse weather conditions.
    • Ability to bend, stoop, kneel or crouch in confined spaces.
    • Ability to use a computer and related software.
    • Ability to maintain current certifications.
    • Ability to properly and safely operate a motor vehicle.



    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*



    In the event of an emergency or disaster, an employee may be required to respond promptly to duties and responsibilities as assigned by the employee’s department, the County’s Office of Emergency Management, or County Administration. Such assignments may be for before, during or after the emergency/disaster.