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Building Inspector

Newton County Board of Commissioners

Listing Summary


Performs technical work in the inspection of building plans and construction for compliance with all applicable ordinances and standards.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: (All responsibilities may not be performed by all incumbents.)

Reviews construction plans to ensure that all aspects of proposed projects are in compliance with all applicable codes and ordinances.

Inspects the construction of garages, barns, sheds etc. to assure that they are built to all codes.

Answers inquiries from the public regarding construction compliance; meets with the public concerning any problems and reports results to superiors.

Performs inspections of new construction, remodels, and repairs to insure compliance with building codes.

Inspects all aspect of structure to include, electrical, plumbing, heating and ventilation, concrete work,  rough framing, footings, model energy code, gas code, soil erosion prevention practices and final.

Inspects building sites for proper erosion and sedimentation controls, and reports violations to NPDES officer.

Enforces County burning ordinance to include, responding to complaints, investigating violations and reporting results to enforcement officers.

Enforces County swimming pool ordinance to include, checking for proper barrier, access, and electrical requirements; reports results to enforcement officers.

Investigates complaints or reports of unsafe building or construction conditions.

Informs builders and engineers both orally and in writing of any deviations or errors; advises as to corrective action.

Inspects job site to conform to local and state codes.

Maintains inspection records, permits, process records, plans and related documents on file.

Inspects job sites for compliance with safety regulations and reviews the site afterward for damages to improvements within the right-of-way.

May periodically be expected to perform duties related to general office practices, such as issuing permits and licenses, filing and retrieving documents, typing certificates of occupancy and other administrative duties.

Performs other related duties as assigned.


Computer                                              Calculator                                             Photocopier

MS Word, Excel                                    iPad                                                    

Magnet (Software Permitting System)     Motor Vehicle                                        A/V Equipment


All candidates to fill a vacant position in this classification must submit to and pass a drug-screening test after meeting the following minimum requirements:

Education and Experience:

High school diploma or equivalent; and,

Two years of progressively responsible related experience in construction trades, codes compliance or any related field; or,

Any combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

SBCCI certified, CABO Certified or one of these: Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing or Structural

Licenses and Certifications:

Valid State Driver's License.

NPDES Certification within one year of employment

ICC Certifications including: Residential Plumbing, Residential Electrical, Residential Building, Residential Combination, Residential Mechanical and Commercial certifications


Knowledge of:

Applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, and ordinances.

Methods, practices, and techniques of building construction trades.

Construction materials and equipment.

Principles and practices of surveying.


Skill in:

Operation of computers and other office equipment.

Communicating clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.

Preparing and presenting reports.

Performing basic mathematical computations.

Performing visual inspections of construction sites.

Using tact, discretion, initiative and independent judgment within established guidelines.

Organizing work, setting priorities, meeting critical deadlines, and following up assignments with a minimum of direction.

Interpreting codes, plans and specifications and detecting errors or omissions in installation.

Mental and Physical Abilities to:

Read construction plans and specifications.

Follow both oral and written instructions.

Write routine reports and correspondence.

Add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.

Read and interpret laws, regulations, goals and objectives effectively to County officials, developers and the general public.

Enforce County codes and regulations with tact, firmness and impartiality.

Hearing ability sufficient to understand conversational tones and respond to telephone ringers.

Vision ability sufficient to see shapes and outlines of objects both near and at a distance; depth perception and color recognition required.

Vision ability to see and interpret typed documents and computer screen at close range.

While performing the essential functions of this job the employee is regularly required to walk indoors and outdoors, sit at desk and in vehicle, stand for long periods of time, reach with hands and arms; bend, crawl, crouch, kneel, stoop, and stretch.

While performing the essential functions of this job the employee is not regularly required to move or lift objects greater than 10 pounds.

Working Conditions:

While performing the essential functions of this position the employee is regularly exposed to outdoor weather conditions, especially in hot and cold temperatures, humidity, rain, and sun.  Also exposed to dust, fumes, caustic chemicals, and potentially hazardous substances.

The incumbent's working conditions are typically moderately loud.

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