Building Inspector I/II
Building Inspector I ‑ This is the entry-level class in the Building Inspector series. Positions in this class
typically have little or no directly related work experience and work under immediate supervision while
learning job tasks. The Building Inspector I class is distinguished from the Building Inspector II level by
the performance of less than the full range of duties assigned to the II level. Incumbents work under
immediate supervision while learning job tasks, progressing to general supervision as procedures and
processes of assigned area of responsibility are learned.
Building Inspector II ‑ This is the journey level class in the Building Inspector series and is distinguished
from the Building Inspector I level by the assignment of the full range of duties. Employees at this level
receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new, unusual or unique situations arise and are fully
aware of the operating procedures and policies within the work unit. Positions in this class are flexibly
staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the Building Inspector I level.
Example of Essential Duties
• Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Plan, schedule, and perform field inspections of residential, commercial, and industrial construction
• Ensure that building construction is in compliance with related laws, codes, ordinances and regulations.
• Research, interpret and explain codes, standards, requirements and restrictions; provide information to architects, contractors, engineers and the public.
• Coordinate inspection and plans examination activities with other city departments and divisions.
• Prepare reports, investigate code violations and issue violation notices, correction notices and
abatement orders; maintain files and reports regarding inspection activities and findings.
• Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
• Foster an environment that embraces diversity, integrity, trust, and respect.
• Be an integral team player, which involves flexibility, cooperation, and communication.
• In addition to the duties listed above, an employee within this classification will perform additional
duties as assigned.
• Possession of a high school diploma is required.
• Possession of a valid California Class C driver license is required. This job
classification may require use of a City vehicle while conducting City business.
• At the time of application, possession of one or more current ICC
(International Code Conference) certifications in an Inspector or Plans
Examiner category or registration as a Licensed Architect or Registered Civil
or Structural Engineer by the State of California is desirable.
• Within one year of appointment, employee shall have obtained and must
maintain throughout employment, not less than one ICC certification in the
Building Inspector, Plans Examiner or Building Official categories or
registration as a Licensed Architect or Registered Electrical, Mechanical, or
Civil Engineer by the State of California. Certifications other than ICC may be
considered on a case by case basis.
• Within three years of appointment, employee shall have obtained and must
maintain throughout employment, a Certified Safety Assessment Program
Evaluator or Coordinator certification from the State of California Office of
• Within three years of appointment, employee certification as a Certified
Access Specialist under the Certified Access Specialist (CASp) program
administered by the California Department of General Services – Division of
the State Architect is desirable.
Examples of Abilities Needed:
• Read and interpret building plans, specifications, codes and regulations;
• Understand simple mathematic computations ;
• Inspect and verify the work product of others. Clearly and concisely
convey and communicate, verbally and in writing, violations, corrections and
• Produce written material using proper sentence construction, punctuation
• Use computer systems for word processing, e-mail and permit computations;
• Safely operate a motor vehicle;
• Establish and maintain effective and cordial working relationships with other
City staff members, builders, contractors and the general public;
• Complete a minimum of 45 hours of continuing education within every threeyear period;
• Enforce regulations with firmness, tact and helpful customer service;
• Understand and follow posted work rules and procedures;
• Appear for work on time;
• Follow directions from a supervisor and accept constructive criticism.
Examples of Knowledge Needed:
• Principles, practices and techniques of building inspection and code enforcement work;
• Workplace safety standards;
• Methods of construction applicable to the full range of construction activity
commonly occurring within the community;
• Building related codes and ordinances enforceable by the City including the
California Building Standards Code, zoning ordinances, City environmental
and energy regulations and other applicable state and federal regulations.