Building Inspector

Department of Job Listing: 
Community Services
General Function: 
  • Performs work of a technical nature utilizing skills, knowledge and abilities normally acquired prior to assuming the position.  The employee is responsible for the inspection, investigation and enforcement of construction-related codes and ordinances, serving as a combination inspector as well as enforcing other applicable Federal, State or local ordinances, regulations or codes. 
Essential Duties: 
  • Responsible for construction inspections, minor plan review and code enforcement investigation and follow-up.
  • Serve as liaison for the Code Enforcement/Inspection Division with other City departments, divisions and outside agencies; negotiate and resolve sensitive and controversial issues.
  • Prepare and present reports and other necessary correspondence.
  • Provide responsible staff assistance to the Chief Building Inspector and support staff.
  • Review applications, examine plans as directed and issue permits for residential, commercial and industrial buildings and structures.
  • Issue trade licenses for the installation or alteration of all utilities.
  • Prepare reports as directed by the Chief Building Inspector.
  • Assist the public, designers, engineers, architects and contractors with inquiries about building construction minimum requirements for the City of Del City; provide appropriate and applicable code section references upon request and when  writing corrections for plan review and field inspections.
  • Provide enforcement for the City’s Tall Weeds and Grass Ordinance.
  • Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends  and innovations in the fields of building inspection, construction technology and code enforcement.
  • Appropriately respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints with tact and diplomacy.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as assigned or required.
Minimal Acceptable Qualifications: 

Knowledge of :

  • Methods and techniques of building inspection and construction.
  • Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.
  • Construction-related codes and ordinances enforced by the City, including the  BOCA National Building Code, the BOCA National Plumbing Code, the BOCA National Mechanical Code and the National Electrical Code.
  • Zoning codes and subdivision regulations.
  • Complex principles and techniques of building inspection work.
  • Principles of structural design.
  • Major types of building construction, materials and methods.
  • Accepted safety standards and methods of building construction for commercial, industrial and residential buildings.
  • Pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations.

Willingness and Ability to:

  • Manage and coordinate the scheduling of inspections, including the paperwork involved.
  • Prepare reports when requested by the Chief Building Inspector.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Evaluate new service methods and techniques.
  • Interpret, explain and enforce Departmental policies and processes.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees of the City as well as citizens, contractors and other professional contacts.
  • Enforce necessary regulations with firmness, tactfulness and diplomacy.
  • Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities which may include the following: walking or standing for extended periods of time; operating assigned equipment; climbing ladders and stairs and occasional crawling. 
  • Maintain effective audio-visual discrimination and preception needed for: making observations; communicating with others; reading and writing; operating assigned equipment.
  • Maintain mental capacity which allows the capability of making sound decisions and demonstrating intellectual capabilities.
  • Drive an automobile or pick-up; obtain and maintain a valid Oklahoma State driver's license; possess a driving record acceptable to the City's insurance carrier.
  • Work overtime when required.
  • Handle stressful situations, maintaining tact and diplomacy during potentially hostile situations with irate builders and homeowners.
  • Enforce regulations and ordinances fully and impartially and to maintain good relations with the general public and the various trades.
  • Work around constructions sites; read plans and reasonably interpret building codes.
  • Work all year round in all kinds of weather.  Overtime is occasional.
Supervision Given and Received: 
  • Receives direct supervision and consultation from the Chief Building Inspector.  In the absence of the Chief Building Inspector, receives direct supervision and consultation from the Community Services Director.
  • Provides supervision to support staff when directed to do so.
Education and Experience: 
  • High School/GED education with specialized course work or experience in construction, plumbing and mechanical, electrical, carpentry and related fields is required.
  • Must have the ability to examine and interpret construction drawings and specifications of new or remodeled construction to determine whether such construction conforms with the approved plans.
  • Must have a valid State inspector’s License in two (2) or more fields; other certifications and or licenses preferred, or ability to obtain the other State licenses within three (3) years.