Placer Employment Opportunities

Building Inspector - II

Recruitment #2017-14821-01


The Department of Community Development Resource Agency - Building Division is currently recruiting for a permanent  Building Inspector II. 


The current vacancy is in the Auburn office and will be responsible for conducting both residential and commercial inspections throughout the greater Placer County area.  This position requires possession of a Certificate of Registration as a Building Inspector issued by the International Code Council. 

The ideal candidate will possess a strong inspection background, with experience in a combination of specialties, including electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and building, as well as plan checks and reviews.  In addition, a CASp certificate is highly desired.

Please Note - Certificates that are attained by employees in this classification beyond those presented to meet the minimum qualification as stated in the Minimum Qualifications section below shall be compensated at the rate of fifty dollars ($50.00) per certificate per month up to a maximum of two hundred dollars ($200.00) per month for each of the certificates listed: plans examiner, plumbing, mechanical, electrical (commercial or residential).  The County will reimburse a qualifying employee for all initial exams and renewal fees associated with the above certificate for up to three exams per year.



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


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. 

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.


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


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 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.


It is the applicant's responsibility to identify in their application materials how they meet the Minimum Qualifications listed below.

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 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.
  • 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:

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


Training & Experience Rating (100%)

Based upon responses to the supplemental questionnaire, the applicant’s education, training and experience will be evaluated using a pre-determined formula.  Scores from this evaluation will determine applicant ranking and placement on the eligible list.


Prior to the date of hire, applicants must undergo a fingerprint test by the Department of Justice, pass a medical examination, which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation, sign a constitutional oath and submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S.  For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, undergo a background investigation and/or be bonded.


The eligible list(s) resulting from this recruitment may be certified as a substitute list for a substantially similar classification.  For this purpose, a substantially similar classification is one at a lower level in the same classification (example: entry level vs. journey) and/or a similar classification (similar work performed, similar training and experience qualifications required). If you are contacted for an interview by a County department, you will be informed of the classification and other relevant information. If you choose not to interview for a substantially similar classification, you will remain on the eligible list for which you originally applied.


Placer County offers an expedited process for qualifying certain applicants for interviews. Candidates currently employed, or employed within the last year, by a public agency operating under a personnel civil service or merit system may be eligible to be placed on a Public Agency Eligible List and certified as eligible for appointment to a similar job assignment without going through the examination process. For more information on the Public Agency Eligible List, to download forms, or to apply, please visit our website at:


Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment and retaliation is prohibited and that all employees and applicants shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All recruitment, hiring, transfer and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, physical disability (Including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over), marital status, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other classification protected by federal, state or local laws or ordinance. Please contact the Human Resources Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.


The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change.  It is advisable that applicants inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department.

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