Placer Employment Opportunities

Code Compliance Officer - Supervising

Recruitment #2022-13537-02


Placer County is comprised of over 1,400 square miles of beautiful and diverse geography, ranging from the residential and commercial areas of South Placer, through the historic foothill areas of Auburn, Foresthill, and Colfax, and to the County's jewel of the North Lake Tahoe basin. Placer is a great place to live, work, play, and learn! For more information about Placer County, please visit


This classification received a general wage increase of 4% effective 7/2/22 and is scheduled to receive subsequent general wage increases of 4% in July 2023 and 4% in July 2024.

*Tahoe Branch Assignment Premium: This position is eligible for salary plus up to an additional $1,000 per month Tahoe Branch Assignment Premium for employees who are permanently assigned to a position located in the North Lake Tahoe Area.


Placer County offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees, including:

  • Holidays: 14 paid holidays per year, 2 of which are floating holidays*
  • Vacation leave: 10 days/year with ability to accrue 25 days/year
  • Sick leave: 12 days/year*
  • Cafeteria plan: 6% of employee’s salary will be contributed towards employee to use towards 401(k), dependent care, medical co-insurance, or cash
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance available for employees and dependents
  • $50,000 life insurance policy at no cost to employee
  • CalPERS retirement plans
  • Retiree medical insurance
  • Deferred compensation
  • Education allowance: up to $1,200 per year
  • Bilingual incentive: incumbents may be eligible for bilingual incentive pay depending upon operational needs and certification of proficiency.

*Amounts will be prorated for part-time employees and employees hired after the first of the year.

The information above represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change. Applicants should inquire about the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department. For a detailed listing of benefits, please click here to view General benefits.

For more information regarding the benefits Placer County has to offer, please visit Placer County's Human Resources website.


To plan, organize and supervise the activities within the Code Compliance section of the Building Services Division. To perform highly responsible and complex code compliance and enforcement duties including court appearances, technical field inspections and investigations to enforce State and County codes and ordinances related to  zoning, building, health and safety, and related land use standards and public nuisances;  investigate complaints and issue citations for code violations; to make presentations to staff, boards, commissions, or administrative hearings and to communicate with the public regarding code compliance and enforcement.


The Supervisor level recognizes positions that perform full, first-line supervisory responsibilities including planning, organizing, directing, assigning, and evaluating the work of subordinates and is responsible for a section within a work unit or a division.  The Supervisor level is responsible for the most complex or difficult code compliance and enforcement cases.


Receives direction from assigned management or supervisory staff.

Exercises direct supervision over technical and clerical personnel.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Train and supervise subordinate staff assigned to one of two specialty sections in code compliance activities including explaining and applying ordinances, state laws and current zoning, building, health and safety, and land use principles.
  • Screen and assign cases; prioritize and assign tasks and projects.
  • Provide direction and guidance in technical analysis, policy issues and tactics; establish investigation strategy.
  • Ensure compliance with procedure and policy manual.
  • Recommend and assist in the implementation of goals and objectives; establish schedules and methods of code compliance activities; implement policies and procedures.
  • Plan, organize, coordinate and supervise code compliance methods and procedures.
  • Plan, organize and evaluate the work and performance of assigned staff.
  • Evaluate operations and activities of assigned responsibilities; recommend priorities, improvements, and modifications; prepare various reports on operations and activities.
  • Monitor and review trends in code and law enforcement, and recommends operational, procedural and policy improvements.
  • Prepare and issue citations and warrants; collect and preserve evidence, write arrest warrants, inspection warrants, search warrants and related paperwork.
  • Follow established procedures to issue citations and warrants to people in violation of county codes and state regulations; document each citation presented to owners and agents.
  • Participate in budget preparation and administration; prepare cost estimates for budget recommendations; submit justifications for assigned personnel and equipment; monitor and control expenditures.
  • Participate in the selection of staff; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline procedures.
  • Coordinate or investigate complaints and conduct field inspections; seek compliance regarding code requirements through written and personal contact; issue warning notices and citations; conduct follow up inspections.
  • Explain applicable zoning, health and safety, land use, and building codes and other applicable laws or regulations, and division policies and procedures to the public in the field, by telephone and at the public counter; and coordinate with other County departments and/or outside agencies as needed.
  • Identify plant species for investigative purposes related to applicable state restrictions and local codes and regulations. 
  • Establish, manage, and maintain accurate and complete case files; prepare legal documents and evidence for court and/or administrative hearing proceedings; and testify in court as needed.
  • Prepare comprehensive reports, documents, and background data to substantiate violations.
  • Receive and review information about possible violations of zoning, land use, health and safety, and building codes; and research parcel history and permits to determine validity of complaints.
  • Prepare and present information to Commissions, Boards, and community/public organizations.
  • 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 responsibility of applicants to identify in their application materials how they meet the minimum qualifications listed below.

Experience: Three (3) years of responsible journey level experience performing duties similar to those of a Code Compliance Officer II in Placer County, including one (1) year in a lead or supervisory capacity.

Training: Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade. Additional specialized training in code compliance or investigative techniques is desirable.

Required License or Certificate:

  • Possession of a valid certificate of completion of Penal Code §832 Course in Arrest, Search, and Seizure issued by California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to be obtained within twelve months of employment.
  • 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.


Knowledge of:

  • State and local laws, statutes, ordinances, codes, and regulations pertaining to building, housing, health and safety, land use, and zoning.
  • Operation, policies and procedures of the County Building Services Division, especially as related to Code compliance and enforcement.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
  • Principles and practices of code compliance and land use designation and regulation.
  • Principles of budget monitoring.
  • Identification of physical plant species, particularly cannabis; indoor and outdoor cultivation sites, techniques, tools, and products used in the cultivation of cannabis/marijuana; laws, rules, and regulations regarding the growing of cannabis.
  • Investigative and evidence gathering techniques and report writing.
  • Rules of evidence, current laws, court process, and legal terminology.
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.
  • English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Arithmetic and basic mathematical calculations.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis, analyze site situations and develop solutions; identify, interpret, explain and enforce violations; review and interpret codes and rules; and maintain awareness of safety at all times.
  • On a continuous basis, walk, stand, climb and bend in the field.  Occasionally kneel and run; write or use a keyboard to communicate; and occasionally lift moderate weight.
  • Supervise, train, assign, review and evaluate the work of subordinate staff.
  • Perform investigations and inspections of a difficult and complex nature and prepare evidence and files on difficult and complex enforcement cases for court presentation and testimony.
  • Explain complex zoning, building, health and safety, and land use regulations to employees and the public; solve problems and recommend solutions.
  • Simultaneously investigate multiple inquiries and complaints and conduct multiple field inspections, accurately document findings and maintain appropriate records.
  • Assess and prioritize multiple tasks, projects, and demands.
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively and determine proper course of action.
  • Obtain information through interviews and dialogue; and work fairly and courteously with the public.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Use modern office equipment and computers, as well as a photographic camera.
  • Identify plant species for investigative purpose related to applicable restrictions in State and local code.
  • Read and understand site plans, blueprints, maps, drawings, specifications, legal descriptions, contract documents, graphs, and building and use permits, as well as applicable local and state laws and regulations.
  • 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 (which may include a voice stress analysis and/or a polygraph), and/or be bonded. Additionally, positions in law enforcement classifications and those supporting law enforcement functions will be required to complete a conviction history questionnaire prior to or during the interview process. Applicants for positions with access to Medi-Cal billing software or who are licensed providers must clear the Federal Exclusion List, credentialing, and social security verification. Failure to clear these requirements may result in an employment offer being withdrawn.


The eligible list 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 level) 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 click here.


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, discrimination, and retaliation are prohibited and that all employees, applicants, agents, contractors, and interns/volunteers shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, transfer, and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, race (including traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, ancestry, religion (including creed and belief), national origin, citizenship, physical disability (including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (including cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over),  marital status, military and/or veteran status, sex (including parental status, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and related medical conditions), political orientation, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. 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.


For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Jenny Junkins, Administrative Technician, at or (530) 886-4661.

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