Assists the Building
Official in overseeing the work of staff in the Building & Safety Division,
inspection and permit technician staff; and inspects complex or highly visible
construction projects, reviewing plans for conformance with codes, interpreting
and explaining code requirements, resolving problems. Provides technical
assistance to Building Official in matters dealing with construction codes,
laws, ordinances, and procedures and may act on his/her behalf in his/her
This class is characterized by the
responsibility to lead or perform advance journey level work in the inspection
of construction, alterations, and repairs to residential, commercial,
industrial, public, and institutional buildings to ensure compliance with
structural safety and zoning regulations, construction codes, ordinances, and laws. Incumbents are expected to be skilled in one
of the trades (such as carpentry, plumbing, or electrical) and have some
knowledge and skill in other trades since they regularly exercise technical
judgment and discretion based on such familiarity with a wide variety of
construction and repair problems requiring advanced knowledge of the above
trade areas. This class can be
distinguished from that of Building Inspector II by its lead or advanced
journey level responsibility, which includes training and
assigning/coordinating the work of building inspectors, permit technicians,
engineers, and/or code compliance officers, and conducting the more complex or
highly visible building inspections.
Supervision Received and Exercised
Reports to and receives general supervision from the Building
Provides technical and functional supervision to professional
and support staff.
class specification represents the core area of responsibilities; specific
position assignments will vary depending on the needs of the department.
lead worker duties over Building Inspector classes, for example:
on instructions received from supervisor and getting work started;
work among staff;
status of work being performed and keeping supervisor informed of work progress
and likelihood of meeting timelines and required deadlines;
work of assigned crew, informing supervisor of customer feedback, work quality,
conduct problems, etc. and providing input on performance to supervisor;
accuracy and timeliness of timesheets and monitoring leave schedules;
appropriate steps to resolve informal complaints at the lead level; elevating
complaints which cannot be resolved at the lead level to the appropriate
supervisor or manager; and
ensuring work is performed safely and
Performs the same duties as the work being led.
Interprets, explains, and applies the
provisions of standard building codes, electrical codes, plumbing codes,
mechanical codes, fire prevention codes, life/safety codes, energy codes,disabled accessibility codes, and other
applicable federal, state and local codes, ordinances, laws, rules,
regulations, specifications, standards, policies and procedures through field
inspection, plan check, and in assisting Building Division Staff; researches code-related
issues in code books as needed; initiates any actions necessary to correct
deviations or violations.
Coordinates and assists with building inspection
activities; assigns and dispatches inspectors to perform inspections; analyzes
complex or specialized inspection problems and assists inspectors with more
difficult cases; makes decisions and resolves problems.
a comprehensive, current knowledge of applicable laws/regulations; maintains an
awareness of new trends and advances in the profession; reads professional
literature; maintains professional affiliations; attends workshops and training
sessions as appropriate.
Conducts site inspections of residential, commercial,
industrial, and public buildings(including construction work, remodeling work, building systems, and
premises) for compliance with applicable codes, specifications, laws,
ordinances, and approved construction plans; inspects construction alteration,
demolition, use, and occupancy of buildings and premises to verify structural
strength, stability, sanitation, adequate lighting, ventilation, and safety to
life and property from fire and other hazards; inspects mechanical,
plumbing,electrical, building, fire
alarm, and related building systems; inspects foundations, slabs, footing, and
framing; inspects construction methods and materials; verifies contractor
licensure and proper permitting of construction work; inspects existing
buildings to ensure proper use and
Reviews building plans, plan revisions, specifications,
or other documents for compliance with codes.
technical information and assistance concerning inspection activities, code
requirements, code interpretation, code compliance, application procedures, and
related issues; discusses problem areas with property owners, developers,
contractors, engineers, and architects; recommends solutions to problems;
responds to questions or complaints concerning code violations; researches
problems or routes complaints to appropriate personnel for resolution.
Assists with the development of and updates policies and
procedures for area of assignment.
Writes technical reports.
Plans, directs, and maintains the division’s training
program; provides technical and procedural training to staff.
meetings representing the Building Official and department as needed.
staff meetings to review inspection practices and code interpretation
uniformity or problems.
receives, completes, processes, and maintains a variety of forms, reports,
correspondence, logs, and records.
Performs the duties of Building
Official in absence of same.
Assists with preparation and maintenance of division
Performs other duties
of a similar nature or level as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
procedures, and activities of the County and of departmental practices as they
pertain to the performance of duties relating to the position; agency goals and
purposes; terminology, principles, and methods utilized within the department.
codes, ordinances, standards, and regulations pertaining to specific duties and
responsibilities of the position, including standard
building codes, electrical codes, plumbing codes, mechanical codes, fire
prevention codes, life/safety codes, energy codes, and disabled accessibility
Principles, practices, methods, materials, and costs
associated with construction trades, including general construction,
electrical, plumbing, and mechanical trades.
Common principles of proper and safe construction.
Effective inspection methods.
Principles and practices of employee training and supervision.
and software programs typically used in building permit/inspection operations,
including computerized data collection, retrieval,
analysis and computation.
and/or Ability to:
Utilize inspection tools, testing devices, and measuring
devices typically used in conducting inspections.
basic office equipment; use a computer to gather
and analyze data.
Drive a motor vehicle.
interpret, explain, and apply a variety of complex laws, codes, regulations,
procedures, and other information related to building construction, building
inspection, and code enforcement; read,
interpret and apply building and zoning codes and regulations.
Read and interpret plans and blueprints accurately and
compare them with actual construction and repairs in progress.
Detect structural, electrical, plumbing or heating
defects through physical inspection and to recommend corrective action.
Review the quality and quantity of work performed by
Apply knowledge of skilled trades to the physical
evidence observed and checked during inspections.
and lead the work of others engaged in building inspection and code enforcement
activities; plan, supervise, instruct, train, and direct the work of
subordinates; effectively delegate responsibility and authority to others;
determine and evaluate levels of achievement and performance of subordinates.
organize, and prioritize daily assignments and work activities.
Identify and analyze problems and
decisions, project consequences of decisions, use independent judgment, and
work with little direct supervision as situations warrant.
Determine the appropriate course of action in emergency
or stressful situations.
required mathematical calculations.
Research regulations, procedures and/or technical
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious
working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, including
those who have objectives counter to assigned role.
Education and Experience
(4) years of full-time work experience with a government agency involving
building construction, construction trades, code interpretation/enforcement,
and a variety of building inspection specialties, to include providing technical
supervision to lower level staff.
High school diploma or equivalent with vocational or
technical school training in one or more of the recognized trades and/or
building inspection methods.
and maintenance of valid International Code Council (ICC) or State of
California issued Inspector certifications including Building Inspector,
Plumbing Inspector, Mechanical Inspector and Electrical Inspector
certifications are required. Certifications restricted to only residential do
Possession and maintenance of a valid Class C California
Driver's License is required.
and Dexterity: Positions in this class typically require the following: (1)
balancing, stooping, kneeling, reaching, crawling, fingering, grasping, and
repetitive motion; (2) climbing and
working safely on ladders (extension and A-frame) and step ladders with a total
weight that does not exceed the weight capacity of the ladder or the highest
rated capacity of the harnesses and lanyards used for fall protection; and (3)
standing or walking up to seven hours per day on uneven surfaces.
Carrying, Pushing and Pulling – Medium work: Positions in this class require
exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force
frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
Positions in this class require the employee to have close visual acuity, with
or without correction, to prepare and analyze data and figures, view a computer
screen, read, and to distinguish between normal and off shade colors and to
read gauges and meters in dimly lighted areas etc. Positions in this class also
require employees to have depth perception and good eye-to-hand coordination in
order to operate a motor vehicle and to operate a variety of hand and power
Positions in this class require the employee to perceive the nature of sounds
at normal speaking levels with or without correction, and have the ability to
receive detailed information through oral communication. Positions in this
class require the employee to express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken
word. Detailed or important instructions must occasionally be conveyed to
others accurately, loudly, and/or quickly.
Positions in this class typically require the employee to have sufficient sense
of smell, vision, touch and hearing to observe equipment functions for normal
and abnormal occurrences.
Outdoor Work: Employees in this class will often be working
outdoors and thus will be subject to exposure to intense noises, fumes, odors,
pollens, dust, inadequate lighting, and to unpleasant field conditions
including rainy, windy, cold, or hot weather, and animal/insect/wildlife
Work in an Industrial Area: Employees in this class will
often be working in an industrial area and thus will be subject to exposure to
moving mechanical parts, electrical currents, toxic agents, fuel, oil, gases,
smoke, fumes, odors, dust, and vibrations.
Traffic Hazards: Employees in this class will be required to
operate a vehicle and thus will be subject to traffic hazards while driving.
Disruptive/Confrontational Human Contacts: Employees in this
class may be subject to disruptive and confrontational people.
Working at Heights: Employees in this class may be required
to work at
heights six feet and more above the ground on equipment and structures.
Checks: The County may conduct a background check and a reference check on
candidates prior to appointment to a position within this class.
screenings: Will be required to pass a physical exam and pass a drug test
as a condition of hire.
Independent Travel: Incumbents are be required to travel
independently, for example, to perform inspections at building sites.
Hours of Work: Incumbents may
be required to work weekends, holidays, irregular hours, on-call, and after
normal business hours.
may work in the field, rather than in an office.