6331 Building Inspector

Recruitment #CBT-6331-904377


Position Description

Under direction, performs responsible inspection work in connection with the construction and modification of buildings or other structures both public and private with respect to the use of materials and conformance with building and housing codes and approved plans and specifications; and performs related duties as required. Requires responsibility for: explaining and enforcing existing ordinances and code regulations applicable to construction and reconstruction and urban renewal and rehabilitation activities; making regular contact with property owners, contractors or their representatives, and representatives of outside organizations in connection with inspection activities and the enforcement of codes relating to building, housing, health, and sanitation, laws and ordinances pertinent to building construction and housing; preparing and submitting records and reports on the above activities.


Essential Functions and Duties Include:

1. Inspects materials and methods employed in the construction and repair of public buildings or other structures for conformity to the construction plans and specifications set forth therein; assures adherence to laws, codes and ordinances regulating public building construction; and reviews and resolves routine field construction problems that may include identifying and referring difficult problems for resolution.

2. Prepares periodic progress and related reports on assigned projects; reports on work performed and time utilized by the various crafts assigned to projects; coordinates work sequences of various contractors participating in assigned projects; investigates complaints on completed projects and initiates necessary remedial action.

3. Inspects buildings or structures to ensure that the construction, alteration or maintenance work being performed complies with applicable building codes, ordinances and laws; observes violations of other codes and notifies the proper agency; interviews applicants for building permits; provides information on building codes, laws and ordinances; estimates cost of proposed construction in order to establish a proper building permit fee; investigates complaints referred from other agencies; assists property owners and provides information on the application of building codes; reviews applications and plans submitted for building permits; issues Certificate(s) of Final Completion and Occupancy when code violation(s) are abated; and prepares work summaries, reports and correspondence.

4. Makes special investigation of buildings and structures for possible condemnation or removal; advises property owners of such buildings or structures as to necessary revision to bring buildings and structures up to code requirements. Performs and participates in inspections in the event of emergencies and disasters per the citywide disaster plan.

5. Performs periodic inspections of existing buildings and structures for compliance with building codes; conducts enforcement investigations of non-permitted work and/or substandard buildings; reviews conditions noted in previous inspections as hazardous or violations for code compliance; determines the nature and extent of any violations and provides the necessary corrective action; prepares violation and ‘Stop Work’ notices, and related documents; investigates complaints and follow-up to assure correction of code violation; and may inspect multiple dwellings with respect to the issuance of permit of occupancy. Prepares and processes forms and records on the enforcement activities related to code violations, including issuing citations which may require court appearances and coordination with other departments and agencies.

6. Performs plan review on the plans/specification submitted for commercial/residential building permit applications; Reviews plans for submittal completeness for the proposed scope of work; Confirms documentation required for code compliance is included for permit approval; Provides specific code references of noncompliance to California Building Code (including accessibility requirements), California Energy Code, and the California Green Building Standards Code; Communicates with project applicants to clarify the code requirements; Provides response to project applicant’s dispute with the code interpretation.


Working Conditions: These positions require the ability to work in inclement weather; in some cases to work evenings, weekends and holidays; and possible exposure to hazardous conditions found in and around damaged buildings, structures or construction sites. Also required is the ability to move into and out of vehicles frequently, buildings, tunnels, ditches, and other related areas; to climb or crawl into and out of spaces which must be inspected; and to use ladders, scaffolds and other special equipment. These positions require the operation of a motor vehicle in order to visit inspection sites and to respond to emergencies and disasters. Building Inspectors may be required to furnish their own car (mileage allowance will be given). The nature of work includes customer service, responding to difficult situations, and performing plan review that requires sitting for prolonged periods of time under normal office conditions.



- At the Department of Public Works, inspections areas include hospital facilities.

- At the Airport, inspection areas include passenger terminals, aircraft hangars, and maintenance facilities. Positions at the airport are also responsible for performing plan checks, issuing written review comments, conducting coordination and preconstruction meetings, and acting as the point of contact representing Building Inspection and Code Enforcement (BICE) for all design and construction projects.

- At the Port, inspection areas include tenants, houseboats and marinas for code enforcement and compliance.

Minimum Qualifications

These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification.  Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.


Four (4) years of building construction work experience responsible for the supervision of building construction and/or inspection as a carpenter supervisor, or as a superintendent of building construction, or as a licensed building contractor with an annual gross contract value of $750,000in business, or a civil engineer or an architect responsible for the supervision of building construction and/or inspection.


1. Possession of a Commercial and Residential Building Inspector certificates issued by the International Code Council (ICC) may substitute for six (6) months of the required experience.

2. Possession of a Building Plans Examiner certificate issued by the International Code Council (ICC) may substitute for six (6) months of the required experience.  

3.    Completion of a Building Inspection certificate program from an accredited college or university may substitute for one (1) year of the required experience.

License and Certifications:

Possession of the Commercial and Residential Building Inspector certifications or the Building Plans Examiner certification, issued by the International Code Council (ICC), is required within two (2) years of appointment.  Inspectors must maintain the certification as a condition of continued employment.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being 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

In line with the Official Public Health Order to slow the spread of COVID-19, “shelter-in-place” has been issued for all San Francisco residents that is expected to be in effect until further notice.  As a result, Department of Human Resources (DHR)’s office (located at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103) is currently closed to the general public. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Human Resources Analyst listed on this announcement. 

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, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).

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, Kat Leblanc, by telephone by email at katsuina.leblanc@sfgov.org.

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at https://sfdhr.org/how-verify-education-requirements

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

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: Qualifying): Candidates will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online employment application. This Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications for this position. Applicants must also complete the official application. It is essential that applicants provide complete information in identifying their education, experience and training. The Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications.


Written Examination: (Weight – 100%): Candidates will participate in a written multiple-choice examination that is designed to determine their relative knowledge, skill and ability levels in job related areas, including, but not be limited to: knowledge of building codes, laws and ordinances; understanding of the uses and characteristics of construction, materials and equipment; knowledge of building construction methods; ability to read and interpret codes, building plans, structural drawings, specifications, engineering and architectural reports; human relations ability; and written communication ability.


This is a standardized written multiple-choice examination. In accordance with Civil Service Rule 111.11.4, inspection privileges do not apply to the questions and answers in this examination.


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.


Eligible List/Score Report:

A confidential eligible list of applicant names that have passed the civil service examination process will be created, and used for certification purposes only. An examination score report will be established, so applicants can view the ranks, final scores and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of applicants on the eligible list, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available for public inspection, upon request, once the eligible list is exhausted or expired and referrals resolved. The eligible list/score report resulting from this civil service examination process 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.


To find Departments which use this classification, please see  https://sfdhr.org/sites/default/files/documents/Forms-Documents/Position-Count-by-Job-Codes.pdf


The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Three Scores. Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.

Conviction History

As a selected candidate 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 selected candidate. 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 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 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 a selected candidate, 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 Announcement and Appeal Rights

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.  [Note: The correction of clerical errors in an announcement may be posted on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.] The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 110.4.  Such appeals must be submitted in writing to the Department of Human Resources, 1 S Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-5413 by close of business on the 5th business day following the issuance date of this examination announcement.  Information concerning other Civil Service Commission Rules involving announcements, applications and examination policies, including applicant appeal rights, can be found on the Civil Service Commission website at http://sfgov.org/civilservice/rules.

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.


Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: 

Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at: 

Exam Type:  E
Issued:  03/29/2021
Carol Isen
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: 904377
DBI/ KL / 415-557-4850


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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