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Under general supervision, performs either complex non-structural plan check and combination inspection of residential, commercial and industrial sites or engineering construction projects; monitors and oversees on-going activities at assigned capital improvement construction sites and projects to ensure compliance with plans, codes, specifications and standards; coordinates departmental activities with contractors and utilities; provides lead direction, training and technical advice to Inspectors; 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 advanced journey-level in the Inspector classification series and incumbents are assigned to both the Engineering Services Department, where they function as engineering construction inspectors on capital improvement projects, development projects and encroachments; and to the Building and Safety Services Department, where they function as combination inspectors on commercial, industrial and complex residential buildings and developments. Senior Inspector is distinguished from the higher level class of Supervising Inspector by the latter’s full supervisory authority and from the lower class of Inspector by the responsibility for more complex inspections requiring the use of considerable independent judgment and initiative.

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

For all assignments:

  • Provides lead direction to inspection staff, including determining workloads, setting schedules, adjusting priorities, interpreting policies; giving technical advice and training and making evaluation recommendations.
  • 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 other written materials.
  • 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, development projects and encroachments 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- and construction-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.
  • Performs inspections of a complex nature for commercial and industrial projects.


Education and Experience:

Possession of a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma (G.E.D.) and four 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.


Possession of an ICBO Certificate as a Building, Plumbing, Mechanical or Electrical Inspector.

For either assignment, must possess and maintain a 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 for the inspection of various construction and building sites and City infrastructure; strength to lift and carry materials and equipment weighing to 40 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)
  • Basic principles of supervision;
  • Construction methods, materials, tools and equipment used for residential, commercial and capital improvement construction;
  • Inspection techniques for mechanical, plumbing, electrical, structural and engineering construction;
  • Applicable laws, codes, ordinances and regulations;
  • Standards, methods and practices applicable to City inspections;
  • Computer applications related to the work;
  • Techniques for dealing with and solving the problems presented by a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, in person and over the telephone; and
  • Techniques for effectively representing the City and the department.
Skill in: (at entry)
  • Providing lead and technical direction and training to less experienced staff;
  • Inspecting buildings, structures and projects related to the area of assignment;
  • Interpreting and enforcing codes and regulations;
  • Preparing inspection reports;
  • Reading blueprints;
  • Using computers and related software applications;
  • Reviewing plans and permit applications for final approval;
  • Using tact, initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines; and
  • Communication and interpersonal skills to interact with co-workers, supervisor and the general public sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive or deliver work direction.


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