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PURPOSE OF CLASSIFICATION
The purpose of this classification is to perform quality control inspections for buildings and all trade inspections for County owned and operated buildings and related systems to ensure compliance with applicable building codes, ordinances, plans, and specifications. Work is performed under supervision of the Assistant Director.
The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.
Perform field inspections of new/existing buildings during/after the construction process for compliance with applicable building codes, zoning codes, established specifications, and approved construction plans.
Conducts field inspections of electrical, plumbing, mechanical and systems of new/existing industrial, commercial, and residential structures during/after the construction process for conformance with applicable codes; inspects plumbing systems, drainage systems, materials, pipes, fixtures, workmanship, and other components; determines acceptability of materials and equipment used in plumbing installations; assists fire marshal in conducting safety inspections; conducts final plumbing inspections and follow-up inspections as needed.
Assists in interpreting and enforcing the provisions of applicable federal, state, and local codes, laws, rules, regulations, specifications, standards, policies, and procedures; initiates any actions necessary to correct deficiencies, variations, or violations.
Provides information and technical assistance concerning building codes, technical requirements, and necessary changes; meets with building contractors; discusses problem areas with property owners, developers, contractors, and architects; recommends solutions to problems; responds to questions or complaints concerning code violations; provides information and technical expertise to other staff members.
Reviews architectural plans, construction documents, and specifications for compliance with codes; approves or rejects proposed plans as appropriate; reviews and approves permit applications.
Conducts physical inspections of buildings; inspects construction alteration, demolition, use, and occupancy of buildings and premises to verify structural strength, stability, sanitation, adequate lighting, and ventilation; inspects soil conditions for footings and slabs; inspects framing, foundation walls, wood work, steel construction, masonry, and insulation; inspects rough-in of plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and gas pipe systems for code compliance; inspects proper operations of plumbing, electrical, and mechanical systems; verifies safety of life/property from fire and other hazards; takes/records measurements of buildings/property.
Determines whether residential construction work and all trades passes or fail inspections; identifies violations of laws, codes, or regulations; reports violations and variations from codes/plans to supervisor or department management; issues citations for code violations; recommends corrective actions.
Coordinates inspection activities with other departments, property owners, contractors, other inspectors, or other individuals; assists staff members with code review activities.
Meets with fire marshal concerning burned/damaged buildings; inspects safety of burned/damaged buildings; condemns buildings as appropriate.
Prepares/issues legal notices and citations for code violations; notifies appropriate agencies of violations.
Gathers information and evidence for prosecution of violators; represents the county in court as needed.
Responds to complaints and questions concerning code violations and enforcement issues; researches problems and initiates problem resolution; discusses problem areas with property owners, property managers, and other individuals.
Reviews current and proposed building, mechanical, gas, plumbing, electrical, zoning, life safety, and other applicable codes; makes recommendations for changes; incorporates modifications to inspection procedures as appropriate.
Prepares or completes various forms, reports, correspondence, logs, inspection records, or other documents.
Receives various forms, reports, correspondence, permit applications, architectural/construction plans, building load calibrations, engineering reports, building occupancy data, product data, specifications, codes, maps, charts, manuals, reference materials, or other documentation; reviews, completes, processes, forwards, or retains as appropriate.
Maintain logs, files, and records of inspection activities.
Operates a computer to enter, retrieve, review or modify data; utilizes word processing, database, or other software programs.
Drives to construction sites to conduct inspections and related work activities.
Operates/utilizes various equipment/tools associated with inspection activities, which may include a motor vehicle, ladder, measuring tape, testing instruments, or mechanic tools.
Utilizes precautionary safety equipment and monitors work environment to ensure safety of employees and other individuals.
Communicates via telephone and/or two-way radio; provides information; takes and relays messages; responds to requests for service or assistance.
Communicate with supervisor, employees, other departments, fire marshal, inspectors, contractors, architects, engineers, property owners, the public, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems.
Maintains a current knowledge of applicable laws/regulations; maintains an awareness of new materials, devices, products, and construction methods; reads professional literature; maintains professional affiliations; attends workshops and training sessions as appropriate.