Building Inspector I

mendocino county   Fort Bragg, CA   Full-time     Construction / Physical Labor / Skilled Trades
Posted on October 9, 2021
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Mendocino County is recruiting for Building Inspector I.

Job Requirements and Minimum Qualifications

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Inspect structural integrity, electrical installations, mechanical installations, and plumbing on new construction, and alterations to existing construction to ensure compliance with building codes required by the state and local ordinances and laws.
  • Assist with the review of plans for construction, alteration, or repair of residential, commercial, and industrial buildings to ensure compliance with applicable codes, ordinances, and laws.
  • Perform office work including examining plans, scheduling workday, filing permits and plans, logging and issuing permits, answering telephones and other office duties as needed.
  • Schedule appointments with contractors for construction and/or alteration inspections at various phases of completion.
  • Inspect set-backs from property lines and boundary determinations to ensure compliance with approved plans, codes, and ordinances.
  • Approve projects meeting codes and issue appropriate permits.
  • Post stop-work orders in response to complaints for unpermitted work, or work not conforming to plans, specs, or codes.
  • Maintain records of inspections and actions taken.
  • Act as information resource on building code compliance to contractors, builders, and the general public.
  • Maintain and upgrade professional knowledge, skills, and development by attending seminars and training programs, and by reading trade and professional journals and publications.
  • Prepare and maintain various reports and records, and compose correspondence related to inspection activities.
  • May serve as backup for other positions within the unit.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:

High school diploma or GED; and two (2) years of progressively responsible related experience as an accredited journey-level trades person, contractor, or inspector in the building or construction trade; or a combination of related education, training, and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Licenses and Certifications:

Valid Driver's License

Must obtain residential certification in at least two (2) of the following disciplines: Building, Mechanical, Electrical, and/or Plumbing Inspection within 12 months of hire.  Must obtain the remaining two (2) residential certifications (for a total of four [4] certifications) within 24 months of hire.
Note:  Certificates must be issued by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) or the International Code Council (ICC). Alternative certifications recognized by IAPMO and/or ICC may be substituted if determined acceptable.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • California construction codes, zoning ordinances, and state and county health codes.
  • Methods and safety standards of building construction.
  • Principles and techniques of building inspection and structural design.
  • Recordkeeping, report preparation, filing methods, and records management techniques.
  • General office procedures, policies, and practices, as well as knowledge of computers and other general office equipment and associated software.

Skills in:

  • Using tact, discretion, initiative, and independent judgment within established guidelines.
  • Organizing work, setting priorities, meeting critical deadlines, and following up on assignments with a minimum of direction.
  • Communicating clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Applying logical thinking to solve problems or accomplish tasks.
  • Understanding, interpreting, and communicating complicated policies, procedures, and protocols.

Mental and Physical Abilities to:

  • Read and interpret building plans, specifications, codes, and regulations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of individuals.
  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.
  • Read, analyze, and interpret professional periodicals and journals, technical procedures, and government regulations.
  • Deal with problems involving several variables in a wide range of standardized situations.
  • While performing the essential functions of this job the employee is frequently required to sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, speak and hear, and lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
  • While performing the essential functions of this job, the employee is occasionally required to walk, stand, and lift and/or move up to 15 pounds.