City of Tampa

Chief Construction Inspector (#263700) S20

$42.62-$63.92 Hourly / $7,387.47-$11,079.47 Monthly / $88,649.60-$132,953.60 Yearly


This is highly responsible supervisory, technical and administrative work involving inspection, plans review and related enforcement of codes, regulations and ordinances regarding all aspects of building and site construction.

Nature Of Work

The employee in this class is responsible for the administrative oversight of the division’s general supervisory, inspection, plan review and clerical staff, as well as the technical direction of the staff of a specific bureau (Building, Site, Electrical, Plumbing or Mechanical); all of whom are engaged in securing and maintaining compliance with codes, regulations and ordinances governing all phases of construction, alteration, and repair of commercial and residential structures and sites. Work is of considerable difficulty involving assigning, scheduling, supervising, and reviewing activities, as well as the inspection of commercial and residential buildings and sites that are under construction or being repaired or remodeled during various stages of completion to ensure compliance with applicable codes, rules and regulations. Considerable initiative and independent judgment are required in determining whether changes are needed in plans and making recommendations to contractors, engineers, architects, etc. Employee must exercise tact and courtesy with the general public, contractors, engineers, builders, and owners. Employee operates a lightweight motor vehicles to travel among work locations and performs tasks requiring moderate physical exertion including climbing ladders, scaffolds, etc. Work is performed under direction and reviewed through conferences, reports submitted, and results obtained.

Examples of Duties

Plans, assigns, supervises, and reviews the work of subordinates; establishes schedules, workload and performance standards for employees; recommends employment, promotion, transfer, discipline, demotion, and dismissal of subordinates; serves as initial respondent to grievances; responds to employee leave requests; completes employee performance evaluations; participates in preparation of the annual budget and managing expenditures for the bureau.

Reviews inspection and plans review reports completed by subordinates; provides field support to subordinates or performs field inspections and investigations when unusual problems arise; performs quality control inspections and plans reviews.

Performs the following when assigned to a specific bureau: building, construction site, electrical, plumbing/gas, or mechanical installation inspections and plans review; directly supervises inspectors and plan reviewers performing technical inspections and plans reviews of residential and commercial building structures, construction site, electrical, plumbing/gas, or mechanical installations which are under construction or being repaired, remodeled, or enlarged to ensure conformance with building codes, regulations, and ordinances; administratively supervises other inspectors, investigators, plan reviewers and clerical staff engaged in ensuring compliance with other construction codes, regulations and ordinances; responsible for proper enforcement of the Florida Building Code, FEMA Flood Zone regulations, the City’s Historical District regulations, the City’s Zoning Code, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations; coordinates with other city departments and outside agencies.

Interprets codes and regulations for, consults with, and advises engineers, architects, contractors, builders, owners, etc., both orally and in writing; participates in preliminary discussions prior to plans submission; examines plans and specifications to assure compliance with codes, regulations, and ordinances prior to approval and permit issuance; approves field revisions to plans.

Investigates complaints regarding code and permit violations and faulty work; determines if a violation or hazard exists; notifies owners or contractors that corrective action must be taken; issues citations.

Presents testimony and makes case presentations to the Hillsborough County Board of Adjustment, Appeals, and Examiners concerning revocation/suspension of contractor’s licenses and fines associated with unlicensed contractors; attends and testifies before various administrative boards, councils, and commissions, such as the Code Enforcement Board; conducts and participates in meetings, public workshops, and seminars; conducts orientations, basic on-the-job and/or specific project training.

Researches and organizes files; extracts data from reports; maintains inspection, permit, and other records; answers questions from the public about city services, ordinances, etc.

Performs and directs damage assessment and habitability inspections of both commercial and residential buildings as part of the City’s emergency response and recovery responsibilities; serves as a leader of the Damage Assessment Team, coordinating personnel in case of emergencies.

Conducts and coordinates pre-construction and pre-final meetings on major construction projects, serving as a liaison to the builder/developer community.

Operates and maintains portable computer/printer equipment as part of mobile data system; inputs permit, plans and inspection data; utilizes appropriate software programs.

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Extensive knowledge of: construction methods, practices and materials related to a construction trade (building, site, electrical, plumbing or mechanical); building codes, standards and ordinances; inspectional procedures, practices, and methods.

Considerable knowledge of: general construction methods and codes; permit and plans examination procedures and methods. Working Knowledge of: supervisory techniques and practices; the layout of the City and its geography; computer equipment and related application software packages.

Ability to: read, interpret, and work from construction plans, blueprints, and schematics; enforce applicable codes and ordinances with firmness, impartiality, and tact; follow oral and written instructions; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; plan and conduct instructional classes and seminars for employees and customers; prepare and submit clear and concise written reports; perform work requiring moderate physical exertion including climbing ladders; operate a lightweight motor vehicle; plan, assign, supervise, and review the work of subordinates; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the general public.

Skill in: the use and care of general construction testing equipment.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited high school or vocational school (an associate or bachelor’s degree in engineering technology, construction technology, architecture, or a related field is desirable) and five (5) years of experience in building construction practices and principles, methods and materials in the appropriate discipline (building, site, electrical, plumbing or mechanical), with five (5) years of experience in application of municipal and state codes, laws, rules, and regulations governing the conduct of inspections and plan reviews and considerable supervisory experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of a valid Certified or Registered General Contractor’s License issued by the State of Florida (F.S.489) and a valid Florida Driver’s License. When assigned to a specific bureau, possession of the above plus the following in the appropriate discipline: a valid Certified or Registered Contractor's License as issued by the State of Florida (F.S.489); a Standard Inspector’s License and a valid Standard Plans Examiner’s License as issued by the State of Florida (F.S.468).

Note: Applicants selected for employment must place their Contractor’s License on inactive status with the State immediately upon employment. In addition, applicants selected for employment who do not possess a Standard Inspector's or Standard Plans Examiner's license must apply to the State for a provisional license immediately upon employment and obtain the Standard Inspector's or Standard Plans Examiner's license within eighteen (18) months of the date of employment.

Possession of a valid drivers license may be required.


During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.

CLASS: 263700; EST: 8/14/2013;