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Building Inspector

Stephens County

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JOB DESCRIPTION:     Building Inspector

DEPARTMENT:           Building

SALARY:     $50,000 - $65,000 DOQ


The building Inspector will perform technical inspection duties in the enforcement of building codes and site development ordinances to assure compliance according to the County’s building and code ordinances. Individual is to analyze, interpret, and review codes and plans. Inspector is to maintain files and records and to perform additional tasks as assigned. This individual is responsible for assisting with planning and coordination with permitting.



  • Checks construction plans for the compliance of codes. Visits building sites or existing buildings to perform inspections including, but not limited to: location of property, flood plain enforcement, footing and foundation, frame, electrical, plumbing, erosion control enforcement and other inspections to ensure compliance with local and State building codes, for residential, commercial and industrial development.


  • Identifies and documents building violations; prepares and issues notices to comply, follows up on all corrective action by reviewing and re-inspecting construction sites to ensure that corrections have been made.


  • Refers violations to appropriate municipal and county offices and clears records or refers case for legal action as appropriate.


  • Receives telephone calls, handles questions of a general or technical nature. Assists and directs the public to the appropriate bodies.


  • Attends appropriate construction code classes, seminars and other training as approved by the Board of Commissioners.


  • Works in conjunction with the administration staff to review and enforce ordinances, zoning codes and preliminary and final plats. Coordinates with the County Board of Commissioners and building department staff to keep the adoption of codes current with the state code and monitor permit fees to be uniform in cost with the industry. Assists County Administrator or other departments, agencies, groups, consultants, and internships with special projects, reports, and projects as needed. Inspector confirms property splits or other property definition.


  • Attends staff meetings, Board of Commissioner meetings and other meetings as requested.
  • Provides direct input on ordinance/resolution adoption and provides direct input for ordinance updates.


  • All other duties as assigned to assist the Board of Commissioners.


  • High school diploma or equivalent. Must possess a valid driver’s license and have dependable transportation.


  • Must possess or successfully complete ICC building inspection course within 24 months of employment.


  • Must successfully complete Georgia Fire Academy fire inspector’s course within 36 months of employment or other applicable training.


  • Building inspection, building experience or experience in related field preferred.


  • Thorough knowledge of federal, state and local building codes and ordinances. Considerable knowledge of current building construction methods, materials, tools and equipment, working knowledge of corrective measures common to the field and possess the ability to accurately apply codes with tact and impartiality, general understanding of architecture and engineering principles. Must be able to maintain files, records, reports, computer knowledge, communicate effectively (orally and in writing), establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, other employees, industry contacts and the general public.


  • Must be able to organize, prioritize, read and interpret laws and code, perform required mathematical calculations, read and create maps as needed. Must be able to communicate to citizens, contractors, and County personnel.



Tasks require the ability to exert moderate physical effort, typically involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling, such as: climbing ladders or entering crawl spaces, and may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight.


Performance of essential functions may require exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, fumes, and temperature extremes.

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