Building Inspector/Senior Building Inspector

Recruitment #18-J05-001


Do you have the technical knowledge related to municipal building codes?  Do you enjoy working with the community and contractors to ensure construction meets the required standards?  The City of Ventura is accepting applications for a Building Inspector/Senior Building Inspector opportunity on the collaborative building inspection team in the Community Development Department.  To be considered for this exciting career opportunity, apply online at as soon as possible as this recruitment may close at any time. 

To learn more about the City's Community Development Department, visit


Under general supervision, inspects routine and complex structures, including repairs, alterations and building systems at various stages of construction for compliance with the building, plumbing, electrical and mechanical codes and California State energy and accessibility laws.  Investigates existing buildings for compliance with housing code and general land use standards.  Reads and interprets building plans and specifications.  Accepts applications and processes plans at the public counter as necessary.

This position is flexibly staffed and the position may be filled at either level depending on the qualifications of the incumbent and the staffing needs of the City. 


  • Demonstrates through action with a strong customer service work ethic.
  • Has excellent communication and public relation skills.
  • Enforces City Building codes and regulations with courtesy, firmness, and tact.
  • Is able to investigate and resolve problems diplomatically and calmly.
  • Enjoys working in a fast-paced environment with multiple tasks and deadlines.
  • Works independently, with only general supervision.

      Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

      Makes field inspections of industrial, commercial and residential buildings during various stages of construction, repair and remodeling to assure compliance with applicable codes and regulations of the City, County, State and Federal agencies. Makes field review of plans and specifications; assures proper and safe installation of routine and complex building systems.

      Conducts installation, building and maintenance inspections of mobile home parks.  Evaluates structures damaged by natural disasters (fire, earthquakes, flooding) to ascertain stability and safety hazards.

      Coordinates inspection activities with other city departments, providing technical advice when necessary.  Investigates complaints related to building code violations and enforces regulations.  Assists in conducting zoning, general land use and code enforcement inspection work as assigned.

      Confers with architects, contractors, builders and the general public in the field and office.  Explains and interprets requirements and restrictions, coordinating compliance actions as necessary.  Accepts permit applications and processes plans, assists in the checking of building plans, issues permits and provides information and guidance to the public at the Inspection Services counter.

      Keeps records and prepares clear and concise correction notices and correspondence related to field inspections.   Provides training and instruction on City codes as assigned.  Assists in preparing community promotions and public information related to assigned program.

      Performs related duties as assigned.


      License:  Depending on assignment, possession of a valid California Class C driver's license may be required.


      Building Inspector: must obtain a Building Inspector Certificate, from the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) or International Code Council (ICC), within one year of appointment.

      Senior Building Inspector must possess a Building Inspector Certificate at time of appointment AND obtain a Combination Residential Inspector Certificate, or separate building, plumbing, mechanical and electrical certificates, from the ICBO or ICC, within one year of appointment.


      A combination of education, training and experience equivalent to completion of high school and three years of experience in the building construction or inspection fields, providing knowledge of carpentry, electrical installations, plumbing, and other related building trades are required. 

      In addition, Senior Building Inspector requires 18 months of experience equivalent to that of a Building Inspector with the City of Ventura, or three years of journey-level building inspection experience.


      Employment Information:  Right to Work:  Before employment candidates must submit documentation verifying legal right to work in the United States.  Background Check:  A pre-employment verification of background, references, and medical examination will be conducted.  A drug screening may be required for some positions.  Applicants for positions using City vehicles may be required to submit a DMV report.  Probationary Period:  Twelve months.

      Deferred Compensation:  $442 per year will be matched in a 457 Plan.

      Medical & Dental Insurance: Up to $691 monthly towards a selection of plans.  Medical insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.  Dental insurance is effective the first of the second month after date of hire.

      Optional Benefits: $469 monthly, applied toward medical insurance premiums.  Cash-out option is not available.   

      Vision Insurance: City paid coverage for employees and dependents.  Vision insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.

      Life Insurance: City paid term life insurance equal to the employee's annual salary, and dependent life insurance of $2,000 per dependent.

      Disability Insurance: City paid short and long-term disability coverage.

      Retirement:  Tier I - 2% @ 55/Single Highest Year of Compensation for Classic CalPERS members who worked for the City prior to December 31, 2012 and are returning to City employment.  Employees make a 7% member contribution, and may be subject to compensation limits per Section 401(a)(17) of the IRC.  Tier II - 2% @ 60/3-Year Final Compensation Period for Classic CalPERS members with less than a six-month break in service from another CalPERS or CalPERS'-reciprocal agency.  Employees make a 7% member contribution, and may be subject to compensation limits per Section 401(a)(17) of the IRC.  Tier III - 2% at 62/3-Year Final Compensation Period for New CalPERS members.  Employees make a 6.25% member contribution, and are subject to compensation limits per Government Code Section 7522.10.  Additional details regarding the City’s retirement plan will be provided to candidates during the job offer process.

      Social Security: CalPERS members do not participate in Social Security retirement. Receiving a CalPERS benefit may affect your social security upon retirement. For further information contact a Social Security office or

      Medicare: Employees participate only in the Medicare portion of Social Security. There is a 1.45% payroll deduction for this benefit.

      Annual Leave: 14.5 days per year, increasing to 24.5 days after 15 years service, for vacation or sick leave. Employees may use vacation after successful completion of probation.

      Personal Leave:  27 hours per calendar year.

      Holidays: 12 paid holidays per year.

      Part-Time Benefits: Regular part-time employees receive insurance, optional benefits, vacation, holidays, sick leave and disability programs proportionate to their regular work hours.

      Tuition Reimbursement: $2,500 per year for tuition and books for courses taken at accredited institution after completion of probation.

      Direct Deposit: Paychecks are automatically deposited to employee accounts. 

      Flexible Workweek: A 9/80 workweek is available for some positions.

      Wellness Program: A comprehensive program is available, including on-site gym, exercise classes, downtown/beach walking routes, weight loss, and tips on nutrition and healthy lifestyle.

      Selection Plan

      Submit a City application, cover letter and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline. The preferred method of application is online and you are highly encouraged to apply at If you are unable to apply electronically, you may request paper application materials by calling (805) 654-7853 during regular business hours. Paper applications can be FAXed to (805) 648-4467, or mailed, or hand delivered to City Hall at: 501 Poli Street, Room 210; Ventura, CA 93002. If you FAX, it is highly recommended that you also send the original documents. The Eligibility List established may be used to fill other regular and temporary vacancies at the discretion of the City.

      Once your application has been submitted, all future correspondence from the City will be via e-mail. Please keep your contact information up-to-date and ensure that your email spam filter allows you to receive messages from You may also view notices send to you by the City in the "My Applications" tab at

      Department Selection Interview
      A select number of candidates will be invited to a department selection interview being held in July 2019, date to be determined.


      The City of Ventura is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We promote equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, and military and veteran status.

      In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you need an accommodation in a selection process, please notify the Human Resources Department in writing by the final filing date of the position you are interested in. The Human Resources address is: 501 Poli Street, Room 210, Ventura, CA 93001, (805) 654-7853, e-mail: