Building Inspector II (#RC0102)
$35.52-$43.18 Hourly / $6,157.15-$7,484.06 Monthly / $73,885.88-$89,808.75 Yearly


Under direction, performs combination building inspections; inspects light commercial and residential 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 second level class in the Building Inspector series. An incumbent in this class is full journey level certified combination 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.
  • Assists and advises the general public in matters relating to residential and light commercial construction and code requirements; investigates complaints and makes inspections of existing buildings to determine if hazardous or illegal conditions exist.
  • 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.
  • 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: One year as a Building Inspector I in San Joaquin County service.



Experience: Three 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.



Certificate: Possession of an International Code Council's Combination Dwelling Inspector, Uniform Codes Certificate.

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 construction including; building, 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: RC0102; EST: 4/13/1988; REV: 2/10/2016;