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Code Enforcement Officer (Full-time)

Oconee County

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The purpose of this classification is to ensure compliance with county regulations with respect to zoning, development, and other issues relating to public safety, health, and welfare issues of the citizens of Oconee County.  This position reports to the Code Enforcement Director.


The following duties are normal for this position.  These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.

Enforces the provisions of the Unified Development Code (UDC) and other codes of Oconee County. 

Provides information and/or responds to questions or complaints from the public, other agencies, and county departments regarding UDC and enforcement issues.

Performs site inspections to verify code compliance or to investigate code violations related to business licensing, new development construction, soil erosion and sediment control, solid waste violations,   

Reviews or inspects new business locations for compliance with county ordinances and state laws, investigates unlicensed businesses and works with other departments as required.  Performs follow-up inspections of business renewals to ensure compliance with county ordinances.

Responds to questions and complaints related to codes and violations; provides information, research problems, and initiates problem resolution.

Operates a motor vehicle to conduct inspections and to investigate complaints.

Conducts inspections of new construction grading and developments.

Inspects site for soil erosion and sedimentation control compliance.

Assist others in conducting inspections of community development projects to assure minimum construction standards and infrastructures meet or exceed required minimum specifications.

Consults with contractors, workers, and engineers to review work requirements, status, and problems; assists with complex or problem situations; provides direction, advice, and technical expertise. 

Issues citations for violations as appropriate.  Prepares cases for court and testifies in court as required.

Prepares reports and takes photographs to document violations of county ordinances.

Receives, processes, distributes or retains a variety of documentation associated with departmental operations, per established procedures and within designated time frames; to include various forms, reports, correspondence, soil erosion plans, driveway permits, construction plans, subdivision plans, maps, manuals, ordinances, specifications, reference materials, or other documentation. Maintains departmental records.

Communicates via telephone, email or text and/or two-way radio; provides information and assistance; takes and relays messages. Communicates with supervisor, manager, officials, employees, other department, contractors, engineers, homeowners, utility companies, the public, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems.

Maintains a comprehensive, knowledge and awareness of applicable laws/regulations; maintains an awareness of new trends and advances in the profession; reads professional literature; maintains professional affiliations; attends workshops and training sessions as appropriate.

Attends meetings; serves on committees as needed.

Adheres and ensures adherence to established safety procedures and county Safety Policies and Procedures to ensure safety of employees and other individuals.


Performs other related duties as required.


Associate’s Degree or Two Year College equivalent preferred supplemented with two (2) years previous experience and/or training involving code enforcement, code inspection; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.  Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license.  Must possess or be able to complete a minimum of sixteen (16) hours of the curriculum required for the Georgia Association of Code Enforcement (GACE) Certification as a Code Enforcement Officer.  Must possess or obtain Level II of GSWCC Certification for soil erosion to comply with state law.


Data Utilization: Requires the ability to review, classify, categorize, prioritize, and/or analyze data.  Includes exercising discretion in determining data classification, and in referencing such analysis to established standards for the purpose of recognizing actual or probable interactive effects and relationships. 

Human Interaction: Requires the ability to provide guidance, assistance, and/or interpretation to others regarding the application of procedures and standards to specific situations.  Also, requires the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with engineers, developers, contractors, Federal, State and local officials, government employees and the public.

Equipment, Machinery, Tools, and Materials Utilization: Requires the ability to operate, maneuver and/or control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials used in performing essential functions.

Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize a wide variety of reference and descriptive data and information.

Mathematical Aptitude: Requires the ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; the ability to calculate decimals and percentages; the ability to utilize principles of fractions; and the ability to interpret graphs.

Functional Reasoning: Requires the ability to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagrammatic form.  Involves semi-routine standardized work with some latitude for independent judgment concerning choices of action.  Also, requires the ability to review and interpret construction plans and specifications.

Situational Reasoning: Requires the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving evaluation of information against measurable or verifiable criteria.


Physical Ability: Tasks require the ability to exert very moderate physical effort in light work, typically involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling, and which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (12-20 pounds).

Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds, depth, texture, and visual cues or signals.  Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally.

Environmental Factors: Performance of essential functions may require exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, temperature extremes, machinery, or traffic hazards.

Oconee County, Georgia, is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the County will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

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