Senior Building Inspector (#RC0103)
$39.16-$47.60 Hourly / $6,787.18-$8,249.86 Monthly / $81,446.18-$98,998.34 Yearly


Under direction, supervises and reviews inspection work of subordinate inspectors; performs the more difficult and complex inspections; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the supervisory level class in the Building Inspector series. An incumbent in this class is responsible for supervising and training subordinate inspectors in proper inspection methods and procedures to ensure that inspections are being accomplished in a uniform manner in accordance with building regulations, laws, ordinances and codes. Incumbents conduct inspections of the more complex and technical building and construction projects as a certified combination inspector.


  • Assigns, trains, supervises, and evaluates subordinate inspectional staff and their work. 
  • Supervises and participates in the inspection of residential, commercial, institutional and industrial buildings, floating homes, mobile homes and mobile home parks, and electrical, plumbing, and mechanical installations under construction, addition or alteration; inspects quality of workmanship and materials for conformance to safety requirements and regulations governing building construction or alteration. 
  • Conducts investigations of construction projects in progress; notifies owners, contractors, construction foremen, architects, mobile home park managers, mobile home park tenants, and others of violation and performs follow-up inspection to ensure that corrective action has been taken. 
  • Checks and reviews building plans submitted by contractors, building owners, or other parties for conformance with regulations, laws, ordinances and codes; inspects sites and buildings before alteration or construction for feasibility of plans. 
  • Issues stop work orders in situations of non-compliance. 
  • Supervises and participates in the investigation and resolution of complaints and reports of suspected building, zoning, plumbing, mechanical, electrical and other code violations. 
  • Conducts joint inspections with representatives of various public agencies concerned with welfare, health and fire prevention. 
  • Maintains records; prepares reports.


Experience: Two years as a Building Inspector II in San Joaquin County Service.

Experience: Five years 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 building construction including plumbing, mechanical and electrical requirements; basic computer and modern office automation technology and relevant computer software programs.


Detect structural and other faults and to appraise quality of construction and physical deterioration; enforce regulations with firmness, tact and impartiality; read and analyze blueprints, drawings and diagrams for conformance with established standards; operate a computer and relevant software; supervise and coordinate the work of subordinate inspectors; establish and maintain effective working relationships with building owners, contractors and the public; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; prepare accurate and concise technical reports.


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: RC0103; EST: 6/8/1983; REV: 2/10/2016;