6333 Senior Building Inspector

Recruitment #CBT-6333-903561


Position Description
Under direction, the 6333 Senior Building Inspector monitors and reviews records, reports and correspondence of subordinate personnel; performs inspections of buildings and structures as necessary; interprets and explains codes, regulations, ordinances, and laws pertaining to building construction and maintenance; prepares investigation reports; resolves conflicts between the public and subordinates; represents the department at various meetings, hearings, commissions and boards; coordinates and maintains records of training on safety and health issues for subordinate staff; may act as a team leader for emergency purposes during times of disasters; and performs related duties as required.

Essential Functions and Duties Include:

1. Supervises Building Inspectors and/or subordinate staff by assigning, monitoring, and evaluating their work; coordinates and provides training to inspectors on the interpretation and application of building codes, related ordinances and laws in order to ensure that departmental policies and procedures are adhered to, and that applicable codes, ordinances and laws are properly enforced; and may act as a team leader for emergency response in the event of a disaster on behalf of the department.

2. Prepares and monitors records, reports, correspondence, and plan review documents, such as records of inspections, daily reports, letters to members of the public, notices of violation plan review comments, and correction notices prepared by Building Inspectors and subordinate staff by reviewing and revising when necessary to ensure that the work is being performed correctly and in compliance with departmental policies, procedures, work standards, goals, and objectives.

3. Assists in developing procedures, and interprets and explains the codes, regulations, ordinances, and laws which govern building construction in the City and County of San Francisco, such as the Building Code, Mechanical Code, State Building Standards, California Historical Building Code, Energy Code requirements, Green Building Code, Title 24 accessibility requirements and energy conservation standards, appeal procedures, abatement processes, and permit processing to staff and others, including architects, engineers, contractors, and the general public to ensure that information concerning the department procedures is disseminated accurately; and resolves conflicts between staff and general public during plan review and field inspection activities.

4. Represents the department at meetings, hearings and in court by preparing evidence and/or appearing before committees, such as the Board of Supervisors, Building Inspection Commission, judicial committees, Access Appeals Commission, Energy Code requirements, Disaster Preparedness, Green Building Code, Board of Appeals, the Abatement Appeals Board, and other boards and commissions in order to testify or present information regarding code violation cases and other related matters.

5. Makes site visits and reviews plans with or without subordinate staff to check buildings and other inspections performed by staff by observing, assisting, and reviewing procedures utilized by staff during inspections; resolves conflicts between Inspectors and contractors/property owners; performs inspections or plan reviews when subordinate staff are absent or as necessary in order to ensure that inspections or plan reviews are performed correctly and completed in a timely manner.

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.

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.


1) Two (2) years of verifiable experience as a Building Inspector with a public agency performing duties at a level equivalent to class 6331 Building Inspector with the City and County of San Francisco. AND

2) Possession of a valid Class C California driver license AND

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

- Inspectors must maintain the Commercial and Residential Building Inspector certifications or the Building Plans Examiner certification, issued by the International Code Council (ICC) as a condition of continued employment.

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, @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, Katsuina Leblanc, by telephone at 404-820-6225, or by email at katsuina.leblanc@sfgov.org.

Verification: 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 http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456

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 CCSF.   

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 – 40%): 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 codes, laws and ordinances which refers to the general knowledge of Title 24 accessibility requirements, building codes, state building standards, and other codes, regulations, ordinances, and laws which govern building construction in the City and County of San Francisco and State of California.

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.

A minimum score must be achieved on the Written Test to advance to the Oral Exam; candidates are not guaranteed to advance to the Oral Exam.

Candidate scores on this examination may also be applied to other announcements involving other job titles, when directed by the Human Resources Director.

Oral Examination: (Weight – 60%): Candidates who attain a minimum passing score on the written examination component will be invited to participate in an oral interview examination that is designed to determine their relative knowledge, skill and ability levels in job related areas, including, but not limited to: supervisory ability, analytical ability which refers to the ability to interpret and apply codes, and oral communication ability.

A passing score must be achieved on the Oral Exam to rank on the eligible list.

Certification Rule: The certification rule for the ranked eligible lists 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.

Eligible List: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#eligiblelists

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 12 months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

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.


General Information concerning CCSF Employment Policies and Procedures

A hard copy of Important Employment Information for the CCSF can be obtained at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.


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Terms of 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. [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.


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.



Reasonable Accommodations:

Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable Americans with Disability Act Accommodation using the link above.

Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams:

Information regarding requests for Seniority Credit can be found using the link above.




Veteran's Preference:

Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found using the link above.

Combined Promotive and Entrance
Issued: January 6, 2020

Recruitment ID Number: 903561
Micki Callahan  

Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources



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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