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Building Inspector

Development Services | Caldwell, ID | Full Time

Job Description

Position closing date: Position will remain open until filled

Starting wage:  $49,593 - $54,546, annually, DOE

General Statement of Duties

Performs a variety of technical duties related to the inspection of structures including the review of construction plans and documents to ensure compliance with county building and zoning codes and performs related work as required.  

Classification Summary

The primary function of an employee in this class is to perform technical review and inspection of structures for which a permit is required.  To ensure compliance with County ordinances and state and other applicable building codes.  This is a journey level inspector/examiner position under the general supervision of the Building Official, with considerable latitude allowed for independent judgment and initiative.  The principal duties of the position are performed in a public building environment and outdoors and may include exposure to adverse weather conditions.

Examples of Work (Illustrative Only)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Performs technical office review of building and construction plans and performs on-site building inspections for compliance with County and other applicable building and zoning codes, including but not limited to structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, health, fire safety, Americans With Disabilities (ADA), and other applicable codes;
  • Performs on-site inspections for applicable code, ordinance, and safety compliance;
  • Acts as a resource to contractors, the public, design professionals and other interested and affected parties on matters relating to code requirements and construction techniques and practices;
  • Investigates hazardous or illegal conditions;
  • Documents inspections, including violations and all records including inspection reports and correspondence with affected parties on compliance efforts;
  • Responds to complaints and performs inspections on existing buildings for code violations;
  • Performs final inspections for occupancy permits;
  • Performs code compliance checks of new construction and remodels for planning, public works, sewer, water, fire, and health departments;
  • Communicates and coordinates regularly with appropriate others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities;
  • Performs all work duties and activities in accordance County policies, procedures and safety practices.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • Performs other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, procedures, materials, and standard practices of building construction, including stages when inspections to detect violations and defects are most easily observed and corrected;
  • County and other applicable building and construction codes, including but not limited to, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, health, fire safety, and other applicable codes;
  • Standard practices and procedures for field inspection.

Ability to:

  • Work cooperatively and constructively with fellow workers and members of the public to provide public service of the highest quality and quantity;
  • Follow written and oral instructions;
  • Read and interpret complex construction plans, blueprints, designs, maps, diagrams, and related documents, including relating them to actual construction;
  • Meet deadlines;
  • Detect and suggest corrections to inferior or deficient design, workmanship, materials and other hazards in an on-site inspection;
  • Operate a motor vehicle;
  • Prepare oral and written reports and maintain review, inspection, and enforcement records and findings, documents, correspondence, and related files and records;
  • Operate standard office equipment, including a personal computer using program applications appropriate to assigned duties;
  • Communicate effectively and establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, the public, developers and builders, customers, applicants, property owners, and other interested and affected parties, including in difficult and sometimes adversarial circumstances.

Acceptable Experience and Training

  • High school diploma or GED equivalent is required and associate degree or advanced technical training in construction management or related field is preferred; and
  • Four (4) years construction experience or related professional experience is required; or
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work;

Special Qualifications

  • ICC Building Inspector certification within first year of employment;
  • Idaho Driver’s license;
  • Must successfully complete a background investigation.

Essential Physical Abilities

  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing or other communication capabilities, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to discern verbal instructions and communicate effectively with others in person and by telephone;
  • Sufficient visual acuity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to comprehend written work instructions, technical documents, review plans, and diagrams, and move through unfamiliar buildings, climb ladders, crawl around and under buildings and ditches and across steep and/or rough terrain;
  • Sufficient manual dexterity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to operate standard office equipment, including a personal computer, and operate a motor vehicle;
  • Sufficient personal mobility, flexibility, strength, and agility to work in an office environment that requires sitting for long periods of time and to perform field inspections at building sites.

 EOE Statement

Canyon County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment decisions related to recruitment and selection are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.