Building Inspector l Job at City of Oakley, CA, Oakley, CA

  • City of Oakley, CA
  • Oakley, CA

Job Description

Salary: $39.52 - $48.03 Hourly

Location : Oakley, CA

Job Type: Full Time

Job Number: 2024-5

Department/Division: Community Development

Division: Building

Opening Date: 06/20/2024

Closing Date: 7/18/2024 2:00 PM Pacific


Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

Under general supervision of the Chief Building Official, the Building Inspector I perform routine to complex inspections of residential, commercial, and industrial building sites at various stages of construction, alteration, and repair for compliance with applicable state and local codes, as well as conformance with project conditions established by the City Council. This is the entry-level classification in the Building Inspector series. This position is distinguished from the Building Inspector II by the performance of the more routine and less complex inspection duties. This class also differs from the Building Inspector II as the latter incumbent will hold a Combination Building Inspector certificate issued by the International Code Council (ICC), where the Building Inspector I have only a Building Inspector certificate. Positions at this level usually perform most of the duties required of the Building Inspector II, however they are not expected to function at the same skill level and usually exercise less independent discretion and judgment in matters related to work procedures and methods.

Examples of Duties


The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
  • Performs field inspections of residential and commercial buildings during various stages of construction and remodeling; ensures that structures are being constructed in accordance with approved plans and specifications and in compliance with applicable state and local laws, ordinances, and codes (including, but not limited to, building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical and energy codes) to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
  • Conducts periodic field inspections before and during construction, remodeling, or repair; checks the safety of construction and installation practices; inspects the quality of materials and methods of construction for footings and foundations, excavations, wood framing, concrete work, steel erection, lathing, plastering, masonry, electrical, plumbing, and other construction work; makes final inspections to clear permits.
  • Interprets codes and regulations; reviews, research, and communicates results in determining applicable codes/ordinances; explains required inspections, construction requirements and construction and repair methods and materials to owners, architects, engineers, contractors, and the public; advises owners on matters related to building permits; investigates and resolves building and related complaints.
  • Prepares warning letters to negligent owners or contractors; follows negligent cases through prosecution in situations of non-compliance.
  • May assist with reviewing plans and specifications.
  • Assists other departments and divisions; supports other departments including to observe and report field conditions related to other departments' issues.
  • Maintains a variety of files and records related to areas of assignment including permit binders, records of inspections made, and actions taken, and plans; inputs and retrieves information into computer data bases; prepares reports, correspondence, and a variety of other written materials as requested.
  • Attends and participates in professional group meetings, training seminars, and classes; maintain awareness of new trends and developments in the field of building inspection.
  • Coordinates with the Code Enforcement Technician and Code Enforcement Officer on cases that involve Building Code violations by performing inspections and providing written inspection reports.
  • Performs related duties as required.

Typical Qualifications


The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

  • Methods, materials, and progressive steps used in the construction of buildings and related structures.
  • Pertinent building related codes, ordinances, and regulations enforced by the City including the
  • California Building Standards Code, which includes the plumbing, electrical, and mechanical codes, as well as the enforcement of the zoning ordinance, general land use codes, and related City codes and state mandated regulations.
  • Principles and techniques used in building inspection work including those used to examine the quality of work and materials and to detect deviations from plans, regulations, and standard construction practices.
  • Accepted building construction safety standards and methods.
  • Operational characteristics and use of standard equipment used in building inspection and the building trades.
  • Occupational hazards and standard safety procedures.
  • Permit processing procedures.
  • Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers.
  • Principles and procedures of record keeping and reporting.

Ability to:

  • Understand, interpret, explain, and enforce provisions of applicable building, safety, and zoning codes and ordinance requirements to contractors, developers, and the general public.
  • Perform the full range of building inspections.
  • Read and interpret complex plans and specifications.
  • Apply technical knowledge and follow proper inspection techniques to examine workmanship and materials and to detect deviations from plans, regulations, and standard construction methods, practices, and requirements.
  • Determine that construction systems conform to City code requirements. Advise on standard construction methods and requirements.
  • Exercise sound and independent judgment.
  • Plan and organize daily work schedules and prioritize inspections. Respond to requests and inquiries from the general public.
  • Maintain complete and accurate records.
  • Write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Make arithmetical computations rapidly and accurately.
  • Safely and effectively operate tools and equipment used in building inspection and the building trades.
  • Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Education and Training: Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade. Specialized training in building technology, architecture, engineering, or a related field is desirable.

Experience: Three (3) years of recent experience at the journey level in a skilled trade relating to residential or commercial construction. Some experience of reviewing plans, issuing building permits, or as a building inspector is desirable.

Licenses and Certificates: Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver's license upon hire. Possession of a Building Inspector certificate issued by the International Code Council (ICC).

Physical Demands & Working Environment


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. The city will engage in a timely, good faith interactive process to identify reasonable accommodations to enable qualified individuals to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office environment with frequent interruptions. At times, the incumbent may be asked to work extended hours including evenings and weekends and may be required to travel outside City boundaries to attend meetings and training. Field work may also be required that includes working in and around building and construction sites, exposure to inclement weather conditions, mechanical hazards, noise, and dust.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to travel to other locations using various modes of private and commercial transportation; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction

The City of Oakley offers a complete benefits package to full-time employees including health care, dental, vision, retirement, deferred compensation plans, flexible spending accounts, commuter benefit, life insurance, long-term disability (if applicable), tuition reimbursement, holidays, vacation, sick leave, and management leave (if applicable).

Regular part-time employees who work an average of 30 hours per week over the course of a fiscal year, receive benefits on a pro-rated basis.

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