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Building Inspector


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Department:     Community        

Pay Grade:       107            

FLSA Status:   Non-Exempt


This position is responsible for the administration and enforcement of building codes and city ordinances to ensure health, safety and welfare of the public.



  • Inspects residential construction projects such as new construction, improvements, and remodels to ensure work conforms with building, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical codes, zoning ordinances and related regulations and directives.
  • Completes forms to approve or deny applications for building permits.
  • Interprets codes and informs applicants of building code and zoning ordinance requirements.
  • Performs utility inspections for new and existing services in homes and businesses.
  • Prepares and maintains all required reports and records.
  • Reads code updates and ordinance changes to keep current on code and ordinance changes; implements changes into inspection process; develops new forms
  • Responds to questions and complaints; advises building permit applicants of recourse available to resolve problems encountered during the review process.
  • General knowledge in plan review; ability to read blueprints.
  • Performs preventative soil and erosion inspections to achieve compliance with GASWCC
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.







Minimum Education and Experience:

High School diploma or equivalent and five (5) years of experience in general construction and related field.





Required Licenses or Certifications:

Must possess or obtain GSWCC level 1A (blue Card) within 6 months of hire.


Additional Requirements:

Valid driver's license issued by the State of Georgia for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:   

  • Knowledge of relevant city construction and housing codes, nuisance ordinances, trade codes, subdivision regulations, and zoning ordinances.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of residential construction.
  • Knowledge of construction industry standards.
  • Knowledge of relevant state and federal laws and regulations.
  • Knowledge of records maintenance procedures.
  • Knowledge of the geography of the city, including subdivisions, road and street names
  • Skill in operating standard office equipment such as a computer, calculator fax machine and copier.
  • Skill in detecting structural faults.
  • Skill in reading blueprints and other technical diagrams such as plats, site plans, soil erosion and sedimentation control plans, maps and building plans.
  • Skill in interpreting and applying zoning regulations.
  • Ability to learn and use building and permitting software.
  • Skill in report preparation and records maintenance.
  • Ability to conduct inspections, effectively communicate orally and in writing, and follow professional protocol.
  • Ability to interact with the public fairly and impartially, including but not limited to an adversarial environment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, departments, government officials, and the public.


Must have sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting and in a field environment; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time. Must occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach and twist; have ability to walk on uneven terrain, loose soil, and sloped surfaces; lift, carry, push, and/or pull light (5 lbs) to moderate (50 lbs) amounts of weight; walk up and down flights of stairs; crawl in confined areas (e.g., attics); have close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. Must also have hearing ability sufficient to understand general in-person and telephone conversation; be able to read a variety of informational, technical, financial and administrative documentations, directions, instructions, and methods and procedures; be able to write reports and essays with proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar, using all parts of speech; be able to speak with and before others with poise, voice control, and confidence using correct English and well-modulated voice; operate a variety of automated office equipment including computer, printer, photocopier, calculator and telephone. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear; frequently is required to stand, walk, use hands to handle or feel, and reach with hands and arms; and use tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity.


Work will typically be performed in outside weather conditions and in an office. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, extreme cold, extreme heat and vibration.


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