Code Enforcement Officer I (#RE4001)
$31.75-$38.59 Hourly / $5,503.28-$6,689.27 Monthly / $66,039.38-$80,271.28 Yearly


Under general supervision, performs responsible code enforcement work to ensure compliance with ordinances and state and local codes pertaining to nuisance abatement, substandard housing, dangerous building and zoning violations, building code violations, land use violations, and abandoned vehicles; 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 in the Code Enforcement Officer series.  An employee in this class develops skills and responsibility for investigating code violation complaints and issuing citations as appropriate.  As incumbents gain more knowledge, they begin to work more independently in the field with latitude for judgment and action within established guidelines.  Work is subject to periodic evaluation through inspection and review of reports by supervisor.


  • Investigates and/or inspects code violation complaints of new and existing residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural properties and hazardous conditions to ensure compliance with state and municipal laws, codes, and ordinances; locates, notifies, and interviews property owners of violation; takes photographs of violations; performs routine follow-up investigation to ensure compliance and notifies concerned parties of action taken; field checks areas and updates land use.
  • Determines violations and compliance of building and specific land use permits where applicant has been required to implement certain improvements to meet zoning requirements.
  • Coordinates resolution of nuisance abatement problems or concerns with local community members, property owners, and other enforcement agencies.
  • Receives complaints from citizens and other sources regarding abandoned vehicles on public right-of-way or on private property; processes notice of violation and/or order to remove vehicle from property.
  • Notifies vehicle owner and/or owner of property upon which the vehicle is located of the violation; contacts appropriate agency if vehicle is found to be stolen; performs routine follow-up investigation to ensure compliance with notice of violation; affects removal of abandoned vehicles.
  • Receives and investigates complaints and referrals for substandard housing, dangerous buildings, commercial and modular buildings, mobile homes and recreational vehicles for health, safety, and building violations; processes and post notices of violation and/or unsafe to occupy, notice to secure and notice to vacate.    
  • Researches property ownership, building permit history, zoning and parcel history; researches state and municipal laws, codes and ordinances and associated history.
  • Prepares correspondences, reports of investigation and other documentation for court cases; represents the County at court hearings, administrative proceedings, and public meetings.
  • May conduct joint inspections of property with Public Health Services and Environmental Health, state and local fire prevention personnel, and state and local law enforcement agencies and associated task force teams.


Education:  Completion of 60 semester units from an accredited college or university with major coursework in the social or behavioral sciences or related field.

Experience:  Two years of progressively responsible experience in enforcement of administrative rules and regulations involving field investigations, responsibility to take legal enforcement action and substantial public contact requiring skills in communication and persuasion.

Substitution:  Additional-qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for year basis up to two years.

Special Requirement: Must possess a valid Penal Code (PC) 832 Arrest, Search & Seizure Certificate or equivalent within twelve (12) months of employment.

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


Principles and practices of public contact work; methods of conducting office and field investigations regarding violations of ordinances and codes; methods and techniques used in researching ordinances and history of ordinances, property ownership and zoning.


Interpret regulations, ordinances, codes and administrative procedures and enforce same with impartiality; perform field inspection and enforcement work; establish and maintain effective working relationships with property owners, vehicle owners and the public; handle difficult public contact situation with tact; express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; prepare routine records and reports.


Mobility-Frequent operation of keyboards, sitting for long periods, driving; occasional standing for long periods, walking, pushing/pulling, bending/squatting, climbing ladders/stairs; Lifting-Frequently 5 lbs or less; occasionally 5-30 lbs; Visual-Frequent good overall vision, reading/close up work, and peripheral vision required; Dexterity-Frequent repetitive motion and writing; Hearing/Talking-Frequent hearing normal speech, hearing on the telephone/radio, talking in person and talking on the telephone; Emotional/Psychological-Frequent public contact, decision making, concentration and working alone; occasional emergency situations, exposure to trauma/grief, working weekends/nights and overtime/travel; Environmental-Occasional exposure to noise, dirt, dust, smoke, fumes, outdoor weather conditions.

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

CLASS: RE4001; EST: 11/12/1986; REV: 11/10/2021;