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Under direction of a Director, Division Manager or Senior Engineer, plans, organizes and provides supervision and oversight for daily inspection activities of subordinate Senior Inspectors and Inspectors engaged in commercial, industrial, residential or engineering construction inspection activities; performs a variety of complex and advanced inspection activities to enforce applicable laws and codes; provides technical leadership and advanced expertise to regular and contract inspection staff; coordinates inspection activities and priorities with those of other City departments; exchanges a variety of information with officials, developers, engineers, architects and contractors to resolve complex and sensitive inspection issues; and performs related work as required.

Class Characteristics:

This classification may be assigned to either the Building and Safety Services or Engineering Services Departments where incumbents assign, monitor and evaluate work of subordinate inspection staff. The type of inspections performed varies between the departments; however, the scope and level of work of each position are equivalent. Incumbents are expected to possess advanced technical skills and the ability to work cooperatively and effectively with a variety of public officials, departmental managers, contractors, engineers, developers and property owners to enforce applicable codes, ordinances and contract standards and to resolve potentially sensitive and high-dollar construction and building issues. The class is distinguished from the lower class of Senior Inspector by its full supervisory responsibilities.

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

  • Supervises inspection staff, including determining workloads and schedules, developing, interpreting and implementing policies and procedures, training and evaluating staff and making hiring, promotion and termination recommendations.
  • Reviews and gives final approval on encroachment permit applications ensuring plans meet codes and regulations; develops permit conditions, requirements and procedures for non-routine circumstances; tracks permit fees.
  • Reviews complex residential, industrial and commercial plans and specifications; inspects new and existing structures to ensure compliance with codes, ordinances, laws and regulations; prepares inspection reports; coordinates assigned activities with those of other departments, contractors and utilities; conducts pre-construction meetings; monitors construction sites for compliance and writes warning notices, stop work orders and correction notices and administers fines for violations; instructs inspection staff in construction methods and interpretation of codes and ordinances.
  • Performs administrative support functions relative to the inspection program, including assisting in preparation of the annual budget for inspection activities; recommends equipment purchases, vehicle usage, staffing needs and adjustments to operational policies; maintains automated and hard-copy inspection records and data, including operation of computer permit, inspection and interactive voice responding systems.
  • Responds to questions and complaints regarding codes and regulations, inspection schedules, inspection results and code compliance requirements; answers questions and provides information related to projects, including resolving problems and providing technical expertise to staff, the public, contractors and professionals.
  • Analyzes workload and prepares estimates for annual inspection staffing and encroachment permit revenues; monitors and tracks expenditures for temporary inspection staffing and encroachment permit billing; orders equipment and supplies.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.


Education and Experience:

Possession of a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma (G.E.D.) and five years of construction or building inspection experience which must have included two years of lead or supervisory experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job as listed above. Completion of college-level coursework in construction technology, pre-engineering or a field related to the work may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for up to two of the years of non-supervisory experience.


The position assigned to the Building Services Department must possess one or more of the following ICBO or equivalent certificates: Combination, Building, Plumbing, Mechanical or Electrical. 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 complex residential, commercial and capital improvement construction;
  • Inspection techniques for mechanical, plumbing, electrical, structural and construction;
  • Applicable, laws, codes, ordinances and regulations;
  • Principles and practices of effective supervision;
  • Standards, methods, practices and safety precautions applicable to City inspections;
  • Computer applications related to the work; and
  • 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.
Skill in: (at entry)
  • Supervising, monitoring and evaluating the work of staff;
  • Training staff in work procedures;
  • Organizing, prioritizing and assigning work;
  • Reading, interpreting, and applying complex codes and regulations;
  • Reading plans, specifications and blueprints;
  • Conducting effective field inspections;
  • Preparing inspection reports and maintaining detailed records;
  • Reviewing and coordinating plans and permit applications for final approval;
  • Using tact, initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines; and
  • Communicating and acting effectively with co-workers, supervisors, users and participants and the general public sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.


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