Recruitment #2303-2526DC-001


Enter the world of building inspection by drawing upon your education and experience in architecture, engineering, construction management, or the trades! Code Enforcement Inspectors proactively manage conditions in their designated districts to maintain positive, clean, and safe neighborhoods.

*** Commercial Code Enforcement Inspectors are eligible for lateral transfer into Residential Code Enforcement Inspector positions with the approval of the Commissioner-Building Inspection. ***

The City of Milwaukee is proud to employ a diverse workforce that is committed to providing exemplary service to the City’s residents. If you have a passion for being a part of an inclusive team of public servants, please consider the following opportunity.


The Commercial Code Enforcement Inspector performs inspections within a geographic district of the City of Milwaukee to ensure that commercial properties are maintained, operated, and occupied in accordance with applicable municipal, state, federal, and international codes.

Essential Functions

Building Inspection and Code Enforcement

  • Conduct interior and exterior inspections of commercial buildings to identify building code violations in a thorough, efficient, and professional manner.
  • Issue and enforce orders to correct conditions in violation of codes, and work with business and property owners, residents, neighborhood groups, and other City departments to gain compliance in order to maintain safety, stabilize property values, and improve the quality of life in City neighborhoods.
  • Conduct fire prevention inspections of commercial occupancies, review emergency plans and test records of fire protection systems, and issue fire prevention permits.
  • Identify hazardous materials, inspect production processes and equipment, and perform maintenance inspections.
  • Conduct inspections of vacant buildings to ensure that they are secure and meet lot, exterior, and interior maintenance standards.
  • Investigate complaints from residents.
  • Identify unpermitted alterations or conversions and changes in occupancy or uses that are inconsistent with a building’s construction or existing occupancy permit.
  • Perform periodic inspections of billboards, projecting signs, covered openings, underground vaults, fire escapes, and building facades.
  • Conduct license inspections of taverns and waste tires. Document results of inspections, update departmental records, conduct follow-up re-inspections, and take appropriate action to obtain compliance.
  • Complete supporting updates and documentation of written and electronic records in a timely manner according to departmental policies and procedures, including completing daily route sheets, issuing violation letters, and updating computer records in the Land Management System (LMS).


  • Attend training programs to stay informed regarding city, state, federal, and international codes, including any impending changes.
  • Meet with residents, property owners, block clubs, and community groups to discuss approaches to improving neighborhood conditions and to share information about the services provided by the Department of Neighborhood Services (DNS).
  • Represent DNS in legal proceedings as necessary.
  • Coordinate inspection and regulation of violations out of the scope of essential functions with the appropriate DNS trade or enforcement sections.


We welcome qualified individuals with disabilities who are interested in employment and will make reasonable accommodations during the hiring process in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008

Conditions of Employment

Please be advised that new employees are required to have received either both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine prior to their employment start date or have an approved religious or medical accommodation prior to their employment start date. You can find further information relative to the City’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy here.

The Commercial Code Enforcement Inspector must be willing and able to do the following:

  • Perform field work throughout Milwaukee.
  • Perform interior inspections on commercial properties.
  • Comply with the departmental dress code.
  • Climb ladders, stoop, and bend.
  • Work outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Move and lift up to 10 pounds on occasion.

Minimum Requirements

  1. Associate degree in construction management, architecture, engineering, real estate, fire protection management, environmental health, or a related field from an accredited college or university, OR two years of experience in a building design and construction trade, such as mechanical, electrical, plumbing, or carpentry, above the level of laborer.
  2. Certification as an International Code Council (ICC) Property Maintenance and Housing Inspector as a condition of passing the one-year probationary period.
  3. Valid driver's license at time of application, throughout the selection process, and throughout employment, and the availability of a properly insured automobile for use on the job at time of appointment and throughout employment (private auto allowance may be paid pursuant to Section 350-183 of the Milwaukee Code).

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may also be considered.

NOTICE: Please do not attach your academic transcripts to your employment application. The hiring department will verify candidates’ education as part of the background screening process prior to extending any job offers.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Conversational language proficiency in Spanish or Hmong.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field from an accredited college or university.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


  • Knowledge of building and construction principles, methods, and materials, including structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.
  • Ability to read and interpret policies and procedures and technical material related to fire, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) codes, real estate, and zoning.
  • Knowledge of codes such as the Milwaukee Code of Ordinances, Wisconsin Commercial Building Suite of Codes, International Fire Code, National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA) codes, and ICC’s occupancy classifications and code requirements pertaining to commercial occupancies.
  • Ability to read plans and blueprints.
  • Inspection skills to be able to assess building construction, plumbing, and electrical systems and building surroundings to gauge code compliance, determine habitability, and eliminate fire and safety hazards.
  • Ability to learn and use job-related software applications and databases as well as laptop computers, digital cameras, and mobile phones.
  • Ability to take onsite measurements, perform mathematical calculations, and record data accurately.

Communication and Interpersonal

  • Verbal communication and presentation skills so as to clearly explain technical information to customers. 
  • Interpersonal skills and the ability to build effective working relationships with colleagues, senior managers, and elected officials; representatives of City departments and other agencies; and residents, property owners, and community groups.
  • Customer service skills, tact, and diplomacy to serve customers from all cultural, educational, and socioeconomic backgrounds professionally and appropriately.
  • Ability to be fair, persuasive, empathetic, and calm when working with people who may be upset.
  • Written communication skills to be able to create orders accurately and compose well-crafted correspondence and documentation.

Critical Thinking and Professionalism

  • Attention to detail and organizational skills to maintain accurate inspection records.
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills; ability to make independent decisions and exercise sound judgment.
  • Planning skills to be able to accomplish work under deadline; flexibility to adjust priorities as needed.
  • Ability to work efficiently and independently.
  • Ability to read maps, maintain situational awareness, and perform work in a safe manner.
  • Commitment to improving neighborhood conditions throughout the City of Milwaukee.
  • Honesty, integrity, and careful and responsible usage of organizational resources.

Current Salary

The current salary range (PAY RANGE 3LN) is $44,257-$61,482, and the current resident incentive salary range for City of Milwaukee residents is $45,585-$63,327. Appointment above the minimum is possible based upon level of experience and other qualifications and is subject to approval.

  • The City of Milwaukee provides a comprehensive benefit program that includes the following:
  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Comprehensive Wellness Program
  • Onsite Clinic Services
  • Onsite Employee Assistance Program
  • Alternative Work Schedules
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Tuition Benefits
  • Paid Vacation
  • 12 Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Leave and other paid leaves
  • Flexible Spending Arrangement
  • Commuter Value Pass

For full details of the benefits offered by the City of Milwaukee, please visit

Selection Process

THE SELECTION PROCESS will be job related and will consist of one or more of the following: an evaluation of education, experience and/or responses to supplemental questions; a written or performance test, a structured interview, or other assessment methods. The Department of Employee Relations reserves the right to call only the most qualified candidates to structured interviews and performance examinations. Structured interviews may include written exercises. Selection process component weights will be determined by further analysis of the job.

INITIAL FILING DATE - The selection process will be held as soon as practical after the deadline listed above. Receipt of applications may be discontinued at any time after this date without prior notice. However, recruitment may continue until the needs of the City have been met. Qualified applicants will be notified of the date, time, and place of the selection process components. Unless otherwise required by law, the City of Milwaukee will not provide alternative selection process dates or times. The applicant is responsible for attending all phases of the job selection process at the time and place designated by the City of Milwaukee.

Additional Information

  • APPLICATIONS and further information may be accessed by visiting
  • Applications and transcripts should be submitted no later than the deadline listed above.
  • If you would like assistance completing an application, please contact the Department of Employee Relations at (414) 286-3751 or
  • The Department of Employee Relations is in City Hall, 200 E Wells St, Room 706, Milwaukee, WI 53202.


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The City of Milwaukee values and encourages diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.

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