Building Inspector I (#RC0101)
$33.84-$41.13 Hourly / $5,864.99-$7,128.94 Monthly / $70,379.99-$85,547.32 Yearly


Under direction, performs preliminary review of building plans; inspects buildings being constructed, altered or repaired for compliance with approved plans, specifications, laws, ordinances and codes; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the first level class in the Building Inspector series. An incumbent in this class is a full journey level inspector responsible for the full range of inspection, and approval and issuance of building permits.


  • Inspects residential, commercial, institutional and industrial buildings, and other types of dwellings; inspects various installations under construction, addition or alteration; inspects quality of workmanship and materials for conformance to safety requirements and regulations governing building construction or alteration; inspects sites and buildings before alteration or construction for feasibility of plans, compliance with zoning restrictions and validity of permit application.
  • Checks and reviews plans submitted by contractors, building owners, or other parties for conformance with regulations, laws, ordinances and codes; provides technical assistance to contractors and building owners; approves and issues building permits.
  • Inspects buildings being considered for remodeling or repair to determine adequacy of existing systems or reconstruction, and orders revisions to plans for such improvements as necessary; inspects electrical signs and large lighting fixtures.
  • Notifies owners, contractors, construction foremen, architects, mobile home park managers, mobile home park tenants or others of violations, and performs follow-up inspections to ensure that corrective action has been taken.
  • Consults with supervisor concerning various construction work which may necessitate the issuance of "stopwork" orders.
  • Investigates complaints and reports of suspected violations of building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, zoning and other code violations.
  • Conducts joint inspections with representatives of various public agencies concerned with welfare, health and fire prevention; performs housing inspections in conjunction with Local Health District.
  • Maintains records; prepares reports.



Experience:  Four years of experience as a journey level carpenter, electrician, plumber, sheet metal worker, warm air heating, ventilating and air conditioning worker (HVAC), or journey level crafts worker or as a contractor in one of those fields.


Substitution:  Completed coursework at an accredited college or university in building technology; civil, mechanical, or electrical engineering; or a closely related field may be substituted for experience on a year-for-year basis to a maximum of two years (30 semester credit units equals one year).



Experience:  Two years experience as a construction inspector for a public agency, whether as an employee or in a contracted capacity, which involved inspection experience in residential, commercial and industrial construction.


Special Requirement:  Incumbents in this class shall complete one year of verifiable experience in the appropriate field, and shall, within one year thereafter, successfully obtain the International Code Council’s Combination Dwelling Inspector, Uniform Codes Certificate. (Health and Safety Code Section 18949.28).



License:  Possession of a valid California driver’s license.


State and County building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical and energy code standards; practices, methods, materials and tools of the various trades; occupational hazards and safety precautions; principles and practices of current building construction including plumbing, mechanical and electrical requirements; basic computer and modern office automation technology and relevant computer software programs.


Learn zoning ordinances and investigate violations; detect and locate structural, plumbing, mechanical and electrical defects and faults; ascertain the stage of construction or installation when defects are most easily found and remedied; appraise quality of construction and physical deterioration; read and analyze blueprints, drawings and diagrams for conformance with established standards; operate a computer and related software; enforce ordinances and regulations with firmness, tact and impartiality; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with building owners, contractors, and the public.


Mobility-Frequent operation of data entry device; occasionally standing, walking, crawling, bending/squatting, climbing ladders and stairs; frequent driving and sitting may be required; Lifting-Occasionally lifting 5 to 70 pounds; Vision-Frequent hand-eye coordination, depth perception, reading and close-up work; Dexterity-Normal dexterity with occasional writing; Hearing/Talking-Constant hearing and talking on the telephone/radio and in person; Emotional/Psychological-Constant public contact and decision making with frequent concentration required; Special Requirements-May occasionally work weekends/nights/overtime; may be required to travel; Environmental Conditions-Occasional exposure to noise and occasional expose to hazardous materials, dust, smoke, fumes, poor ventilation and changing indoor/outdoor conditions.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RC0101; EST: 4/13/1988; REV: 2/10/2016;