6334 Chief Building Inspector

Recruitment #PBT-6334-065419


This recruitment is currently suspended and applications are not being accepted at this time.

This is a Position-Based Test conducted in accordance with Civil Service Rule 111A.  

Position Description: Under general direction, the Chief Building Inspector manages a division or divisions within the department. The essential functions of the Chief Building Inspector include: managing and administering the assigned division(s); planning, directing, and evaluating the work of subordinate staff; overseeing and performing building and structural inspections as necessary; interpreting and explaining codes, related laws and ordinances; reviewing current codes, administrative bulletins and code rulings, and preparing recommendations for revision or additions; establishing inspection and operational procedures; directing the preparation and maintenance of records and reports; representing the department at meetings, hearings, commissions, boards, and in court; reviewing and resolving complaints regarding inspection services, plan reviews, code interpretations, and/or code violations; coordinating with other departments as a response team in the event of emergencies and disasters; and performs related duties as required.  

Working Conditions: Positions in this classification may be required to work in inclement weather, some evenings, weekends and holidays; and possible exposure to hazardous conditions found in and around buildings, structures or construction sites. Positions are required to move in and out of buildings, tunnels, ditches, and other related areas; to climb or crawl into and out of confined spaces that must be inspected; and to use ladders, scaffolds and other special equipment. These positions must also be able to operate of a motor vehicle in order to visit inspection sites and to respond in case of emergencies.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Four (4) years of verifiable experience as a building inspector with a public agency in a jurisdiction with a population of approximately 700,000. At least two (2) years of this experience must be at a level equivalent to class 6333 Senior Building Inspector with the City and County of San Francisco, which includes supervision of building inspectors; AND

2. Possession of the Commercial and Residential Building Inspector certifications, or Building Plans Examiner certification, issued by the International Code Council (ICC); AND

3. Possession of a valid California driver license.

a. Depending on the availability of City vehicles, willingness to use a personal vehicle may be necessary (mileage allowance will be given).

b. State of California Assembly Bill 717 requires that all building inspectors obtain certification. Inspectors must maintain the Commercial and Residential Building Inspector certifications, or Building Plans Examiner certification, issued by the International Code Council (ICC) as a condition of continued employment.

c. City employees who have been continuously employed as an inspector, plans examiner or building official for at least two years prior to January 1, 1996 are exempt from the certification requirements as outlined above.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Patrick Cheng by email at patrick.cheng@sfdpw.org (preferred method) or by phone at 415-575-6840.

VERIFICATION: Applicants must provide written verification of the certification(s) and qualifying experience at the time the online application is filed to show that the minimum qualifications have been met. A copy of the International Code Council (ICC) Commercial and Residential Building Inspector certifications, or Building Plans Examiner certification, must be submitted. Recent City employment will be verified by the employee’s record. Verification of qualifying experience must be signed by the employer’s authorized representative on the employer’s business letterhead, and specify the name of the applicant, dates of employment, job title(s), and duties performed. Copies of completed and signed performance evaluation(s) showing the job duties may be submitted. City and County employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee’s class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Commission Rules. Verification waiver requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and will not automatically be granted. Failure to submit the required verification or request for waiver when requested may result in rejection of the application.  

Verification and additional application materials may be submitted by:

1. Uploading the documents through our online application process; OR
2. Scanning the documents and emailing as attachment(s).  

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco. 

Selection Procedures

Oral Examination (Weight – 100%): Candidates will be examined to determine their relative knowledge, skill and ability levels in job related areas, including but not be limited to: technical knowledge of building construction; knowledge of building codes, laws and ordinances; supervisory and management ability; analytical ability; planning ability; interpersonal relations ability; and oral communication ability. The written communication ability may be evaluated during the hiring process.

Candidate scores on this examination may also be applied to other announcements involving other job titles, when directed by the Human Resources Director. Note: Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process.

Certification: The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Three Scores. The hiring department may conduct additional selection processes to make final hiring decisions.

Eligible List: The eligible list resulting from this examination is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.

The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be of 12 months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

Upon approval of the Human Resource Director (see Civil Service Rule 111A.26.5), the eligible list resulting from this announcement may be used by other departments that also use this classification or a similar classification. To find other Departments which use this classification, see http://www.sfdhr.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentID=21246. Search that document by title or job code to see which departments use the classification.

Conviction History

As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates applying for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates applying for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


Terms of the Announcement:
Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.

The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1. The standard for the review of such appeals is ‘abuse of discretion’ or ‘no rational basis’ for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications and/or the certification rule. Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reason(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director. Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.

Position Based Testing:

Reasonable Accommodation Request:

Veteran’s Preference:

Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams:

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:

Copies of Application Documents:

Right to Work: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#identification
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States

Combined Promotive and Entrance
Micki Callahan, Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Announcement No: PBT-6334-065419
Issued: April 28th, 2015 


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

For more information about benefits, please click here. 

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