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Under supervision, performs either non-structural plan check and inspection of new and existing residential, commercial and industrial structures or of City capital improvement projects to ensure compliance with codes, ordinances and regulations, including inspecting projects and materials, preparing daily reports, coordinating departmental activities with contractors and utility companies; performs code enforcement through issuance of warning notices, stop work orders and correction notices and administers fines for violations; and performs related work as required.

Class Characteristics:

This is the first experienced level in the Inspector classification series and incumbents are assigned to either the Engineering Services Department, where they function as engineering construction inspectors on capital improvement projects, or to the Building and Safety Services Department, where they primarily inspect residential buildings and developments. Depending upon the needs of the City and the qualifications of incumbents, incumbents may promote from this class to the higher advanced-journey level class of Senior Inspector, which is also utilized in both departments. Inspector is distinguished from the class of Senior Inspector by the Senior Inspector’s responsibility for more complex inspections requiring a higher level of certification and/or experience and the use of considerable independent judgment and initiative.

Examples of Key Duties: (Duties are illustrative and not inclusive and may vary with individual assignment.)

For all assignments:

  • Inspects properties and materials for compliance with plans, specifications and codes, including both new and existing structures.
  • Responds to questions and complaints regarding codes and regulations, inspection schedules, inspection results and code compliance requirements.
  • Responds to questions and complaints regarding codes and regulations, inspection schedules, inspection results and code compliance requirements.
  • Confers with and provides information to developers, engineers, architects, property owners, contractors and others regarding code requirements and alternatives; resolves complaints and problems.
  • Maintains construction/building inspection files and logs; prepares reports, correspondence and requests for progress payments.
  • Writes citations or stops work in progress, depending upon the nature of the infraction; documents actions and testifies in court as required.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.

For construction inspection assignments:

  • Interacts with contractors, engineers, architects and others engaged in capital improvement projects regarding progress, scheduling, project problems, plan interpretation, specification interpretation, testing and field measurements; may coordinate the work of consultants for testing and special inspections.
  • Coordinates inspection-related activities with contractors and utility companies, including conducting pre-construction meetings, preparing pay estimates, preparing change orders and scheduling inspections.

For building inspection assignments:

  • Reviews requests for building permits; approves permits and determines appropriate fees.
  • Inspects new and existing residential properties for conformance to codes, regulations, plans, specifications and standards related to foundations, framing, electrical, plumbing, access, life safety, energy compliance and other functional elements; may inspect commercial and industrial projects on a training or as needed basis.


Education and Experience:

Possession of a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma (G.E.D.) and two years of either construction or building inspection experience, depending upon assignment; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job as listed above.


For specified positions in the Building and Safety Services Department, must possess or have possession of or eligibility to obtain an ICBO Certificate as a Building, Plumbing, Mechanical or Electrical Inspector.

For either assignment, must possess and maintain a valid California class C driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record.

At the option of the appointing authority or the City, persons hired into this class may additionally be required to either possess at entry or obtain within specified time limits designated licenses, certifications or specialized education and training relevant to the area of assignment.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer, and to walk, climb, stoop and work in cramped conditions or the inspection of various construction and building sites and City infrastructure; strength to lift and carry materials and equipment weighing to 20 pounds; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone and/or radio.

Knowledge of: (at entry)
  • Construction methods, materials, tools and equipment used for residential, commercial and industrial projects or for City capital improvement projects;
  • Inspection techniques for mechanical, plumbing, electrical, structural and engineering construction in area of assignment;
  • Applicable laws, codes, ordinances and regulations;
  • Standards, methods and practices applicable to City inspections;
  • Computer applications related to the work;
  • Techniques for effectively representing the City and the department; and
  • Techniques for dealing with and solving problems presented by a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, in person and over the telephone.
Skill in: (at entry)
  • Inspecting buildings, structures and projects related to the area of assignment;
  • Interpreting, explaining and enforcing codes and regulations;
  • Preparing inspection reports;
  • Reading blueprints, plans and specifications;
  • Reviewing plans and permit applications for final approval;
  • Maintaining accurate records and files;
  • Organizing and prioritizing work and meeting critical deadlines;
  • Using tact, initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines; and
  • Communication and interpersonal skills to interact with co-workers, supervisors and the general public sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive or deliver work direction.


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