Deputy Building Official (#RC0104)
$50.91-$61.88 Hourly / $8,824.70-$10,726.47 Monthly / $105,896.44-$128,717.68 Yearly


Under general direction, assists the Deputy Director of Building Inspection/Chief Building Official in the day to day operations of the Building Division; performs advanced management, planning, and coordinating work division; may act in the absence of the Deputy Director of Building Inspection; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


The Deputy Building Official is a single-incumbent management level classification responsible for supervising the operations of the Building Inspection Division to include: Counter Procedures, Plan Review and Inspections. The incumbent participates in special projects as assigned, performs difficult and technical building enforcement for the Division; and may act in the absence of the Chief Building Official as required. This class is distinguished from the Deputy Director of Building Inspection in that the latter has overall management responsibility for the Building Inspection Division.


  • Manages the activities of the Building Inspection Division; assigns, trains, directs and evaluates the work of subordinates, including supervisory staff; assigns staff as needed; performs disciplinary action when appropriate. Plans, organizes and directs a comprehensive program of building inspection and enforcement according to the provisions of State laws and local codes and ordinances in the unincorporated areas of San Joaquin County, and incorporated areas contracting for such services; initiates, interprets and applies polices relating to the building inspection and enforcement program.
  • Participates as a member of Department's management team; confers with other managers and superiors to keep fully informed of new legislation, regulations, and other developments; helps develop Division goals and objectives; develops, recommends and implements policy and procedure changes as needed. 
  • Assists the Deputy Director of Building Inspection in the day-to-day operations of the Building Inspection Division; may review plans for conformity to specifications, zoning laws, ordinances, codes and state laws; acts as technical advisor on code related problems to field and office staff; may inspect residential, commercial and industrial strictures; investigates complaints and makes reports. 
  • Participates in very complex building and planning projects and may perform the most difficult building related work of the Division; reviews, analyzes and makes recommendations regarding construction and development projects. 
  • Reviews and evaluates building inspection, plan check, grading inspection, permitting, and surveyor programs/activities and anticipates future needs; manages collection and analysis of building related data and reporting of same; oversees research assignments; directs the preparation of complex graphic displays and/or illustrations; makes recommendations on operational activities for increasing efficiency of the division. 
  • Represents the department and county and/or conducts negotiations with individuals, corporations or with other government agencies or jurisdictions regarding permit conditions, draft reports, and funding; conducts and participates in public hearings in order to present the department’s position, provide information and clarification, and receive input from interested parties; consults with other governmental agencies, private organizations, and others as necessary to address issues of common interest related to building and development. 
  • Manages and participates in the process of assisting the public with the interpretation of building and construction regulations; investigates and resolves complaints; communicates and interprets building codes, ordinances, and regulations to staff, County officials, County hearing bodies, other agencies and the public. 
  • Schedules and leads staff meetings as needed; attends building related meetings, Board of Supervisors hearings and other meetings/conferences as assigned; makes presentations as required. 
  • Performs special projects as assigned; may participate in budget preparation and other administrative activities.


Experience: Three years of full-time experience in the class of Senior Plan Check Engineer or Senior Building Inspector in San Joaquin County service. 

Experience: Four years of full-time experience of increasingly responsible administrative or supervisory level work in a public agency with responsibility for building inspection and building code conformity. 

Substitution: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in business or public administration, engineering, architecture, or a construction-related field and one year experience working in a public agency with responsibility for building inspection and building code conformity. 


Certificate: Possession of valid International Code Council California Residential Building Inspector AND California Commercial Building Inspector certifications.

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

Substitution: Possession of an International Code Council Certified Building Official (CBO) Certificate OR registration as a civil or structural engineer or architect in the State of California may substitute for the above certification requirement.


Principles and practices of public administration, supervision and management; principles, practices, methods and techniques in the enforcement of building codes and inspection; current laws and regulations pertaining to building, zoning, environmental issues, land development and the county planning process; principles and practices of economics, sociology, architecture and legal procedure as they relate to modern urban and regional planning and development; methods and techniques of effective supervision and personnel management; effective staff education and training techniques, project management; customer service; modern office automation technology and software relevant to assigned operations.


Plan, assign, train, direct, and evaluate the work of subordinate staff; organize, direct and implement a comprehensive planning program; develop goals and objectives, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals; analyze and summarize statistical/technical data and prepare clear, concise and comprehensive reports; identify, coordinate and address a wide variety of interests in the enforcement of building codes; interpret and apply laws, regulations relating to construction; appear before boards and commissions and present reports; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with a department personnel, other County managers, various County and other government officials, private agents, and the general public.

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 exposure 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: RC0104; EST: 9/13/2023; REV: 4/10/2024;