Placer County

Building Inspector - I (#14820)

$31.89-$39.83 Hourly / $5,527.60-$6,903.87 Monthly / $66,331.20-$82,846.40 Yearly

Building Inspector - II (#14821)

$33.49-$41.82 Hourly / $5,804.93-$7,248.80 Monthly / $69,659.20-$86,985.60 Yearly


DEFINITION

To review building plans and conduct inspections of residential and commercial buildings under construction or being remodeled; to determine compliance of plans and of buildings under construction with applicable State and County codes and standards.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Building Inspector I 
This is the entry level class in the Building Inspection series.  This class is distinguished from the journey by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within this series.  Employees at this level are not expected to perform with the same independence of direction and judgement on matters allocated to the journey level.  Since this class is typically used as a training class, employees may have only limited or no directly related work experience.  Employees work under immediate supervision while learning job tasks.

Building Inspector II 
This is the full journey level class within the Building Inspection series.  This class is distinguished from the Building Inspector I by the assignment of the full range of duties assigned.  Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and they are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies within the work unit.  Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the entry level.

This class is distinguished from the Senior Building Inspector in that the latter exercises technical and functional supervision over technical and clerical staff, reviews highly technical construction plans and performs difficult and complex field inspections.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED

Building Inspector I
Receives immediate supervision from management or supervisory staff; may receive technical or functional supervision from other technical or professional staff.

Building Inspector II
Receives general supervision from management or supervisory staff; may receive technical or functional supervision from other technical or professional staff.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Perform as a team member in carrying out program tasks of the Building Division.
  • Review, assess and approve building plans and calculations regarding structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing design and construction aspects for compliance with all applicable local and state codes.
  • Conduct field inspections of buildings during construction or remodeling for compliance with all applicable local and state codes and approved plans and specifications; set up inspection schedule and route and travel to field sites; approve work done or note corrections to be made; prepare correction letters and inspection reports.
  • Interpret and explain applicable building codes, Division policies and procedures to the public; assist the public at the public counter and/or by telephone in the processing of permits and applications; provide technical assistance to others within the Building Division as needed; coordinate with other County departments and/or with outside agencies as needed. 
  • Maintain files, retrieve permit information, issue permits and conduct permit research.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Building Inspector I

Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Three years of building trades experience is desirable.

Training: Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.  Additional specialized training in the building trades or construction technology is desirable.

License or Certificate:

  • May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain prior to the completion of the probationary period, a valid Certificate of Registration as a Building Inspector issued by the International Code Council.

Building Inspector II

Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Two years of responsible experience performing duties similar to those of a Building Inspector I in Placer County.

Training: Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.  Additional specialized training in the building trades or construction technology is desirable.

License of Certificate:

  • May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.
  • Possession of a valid Certificate of Registration as a Building Inspector issued by the International Code Council.
     

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Building Inspector I

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of building design, construction and inspection.
  • Federal, State and local building and associated codes.
  • English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Arithmetic and basic mathematical calculations.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job.  Intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve building inspection activities; sit at desk for long periods of time; and stand at the counter to answer questions of the public.
  • Intermittently, walk, stand, kneel, climb, crawl and bend in the field; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling and fine manipulation; intermittently write or use a keyboard to communicate and occasionally lift moderate weight.
  • Under supervision, review and analyze construction plans and inspect construction projects; conduct and document multiple inspections; maintain accurate and separate records for each inspection.
  • Obtain information through interview; work fairly and courteously with the public; and work effectively with interruption.
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively and to determine proper course of action.
  • Be sensitive to various cultural and ethnic groups present in the community.
  • Use a computer, calculator, typewriter, telephone, facsimile machine, photocopy machine and microfilm reader printer.
  • Drive an automobile in all weather conditions.
  • Under supervision, conduct and document multiple inspections; maintain accurate and separate records for each inspection.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Building Inspector II

In addition to the qualifications for Building Inspector I:

Knowledge of:

  • State and local building, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and energy codes.
  • County codes and standards applicable to building design and construction.
  • State mandated inspection programs.
  • Operation, policies and procedures of the County Building Division.

Ability to:

  • Independently interpret relevant codes and standards and apply County Building Division policies and procedures.
  • Independently perform difficult plan reviews and field inspections.

CLASS: 14820; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 4/15/2015;
CLASS: 14821; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 4/15/2015;