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$45.81-$57.96 hourly / $7,940.00-$10,046.00 monthly / $95,284.80-$120,556.80 yearly


Under general direction, to plan, organize, assign, train and evaluate the work of Building Inspectors; to solve complex inspection problems; to conduct difficult inspections on major and technically complex building projects; and to do other work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This single position class is responsible for supervising and training the building inspection staff, who enforce Federal, State and County codes, laws and ordinances. This class differs from the next higher class of Chief Building Inspector in that the latter is responsible for managing the entire Building Inspection section including building inspection, code enforcement, building plans check and office support and research. This class is distinguished from the next lower class of Senior Building Inspector in that the latter is the advanced journey level class responsible for conducting complex inspection or serves as an office resource and expert or is assigned special projects.

Typical Tasks

Plans, organizes, schedules, assigns, trains and evaluates the work of Building Inspectors who inspect residential and commercial buildings for compliance with State and local codes; reviews projects with Building Inspectors by conducting on-site joint inspections; solves complex inspection problems including code, regulations and departmental procedures interpretations and disputes between builders and inspectors; coordinates between department sections, County departments and other agencies;

may conduct difficult inspections on major and technically complex building projects, and checks plans and specifications for compliance with building codes; keeps abreast of changes in methods and materials used in the construction industry, and in laws, codes and regulations; prepares and/or coordinates the sections employee training program covering code and technology changes; assists in developing inspection standards and departmental polices; advises and interprets codes, ordinances and departmental policy to staff, engineers, contractors, architects and the general public; acts for the Chief Building Inspector in the Chiefs absence; keeps records and prepares reports; attends meeting and conferences; may represent the department before boards, commissions and judicial proceedings; inputs, accesses and analyzes data using a computer terminal.

Employment Standards


  • Thorough knowledge of Federal, State and County building codes, ordinances, and administrative orders applicable to the building and construction trades;
  • Thorough knowledge of safety standards and construction methods;
  • Thorough knowledge of construction materials, methods and tools;
  • Working knowledge of the techniques of building inspection including electrical, plumbing, mechanical and structural work;
  • Some knowledge of the principles and techniques of supervision and training.

Ability to:

  • Plan, organize, schedule, and evaluate the work of Building Inspectors;
  • Supervise and train professional and technical employees;
  • Interpret, explain and advise on specific building codes, ordinances and administrative order requirements;
  • Establish and maintain an effective working relationship with property owners, developers, building contractors and the general public;
  • Understand complex mathematical formulas and complete structural load and stress analysis using standardized tables;
  • Conduct difficult inspections, enforce regulations and detect deviations from approved plans and specifications;
  • Analyze, interpret and check complex building plans and specifications;
  • Maintain construction inspection standards;
  • Walk rugged terrain and climb through partially built structures;
  • Write clear and concise instructions and reports;
  • Speak effectively;
  • Enforce regulations with tact and firmness;
  • Learn to input, access and analyze data using a computer terminal.

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

One year of experience performing duties comparable to a Senior Building Inspector in Santa Cruz County.


One year of experience performing duties comparable to a Building Plans Checker in Santa Cruz County.


One year of experience comparable to a Building Inspector II in Santa Cruz County and some experience as a supervisor.


Two years of experience performing duties comparable to a Building Inspector II and some experience as a supervisor. 


Possess and maintain a valid California Class C Driver's License.







Analyst:  JAD 

CLASS: TR9; EST: 6/1/1981; REV: 6/1/1988;