Building Inspector

  • 002131

SUMMARY: Under limited supervision, performs field inspections to enforce building, electrical, gas, and/or plumbing, zoning and related codes; informs contractor regarding permit requirements; interprets architectural drawings; issues certificate of occupancy; and performs related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (which are not in any hierarchical order)
  1. Performs field inspections to enforce appropriate building, electrical, plumbing, zoning, energy, disabled access and related codes. inspects all phases of construction work to ensure compliance with applicable national and local codes.
  2. Answers questions in person and on the phone regarding inspections; schedules inspections and appointments as appropriate.
  3. Documents daily inspections, results and violations using a computer.
  4. Files new and completed plans.
  5. Reviews plans in the field for specific details regarding construction, installation, and approvals.
  6. Adheres to appropriate safety rules and guidelines with respect to the construction industry.
  7. Reviews new materials and methods used in building construction; attends training courses to learn of new codes and other inspection regulations; takes an active part in the training process.
  8. May perform plan reviews with appropriate licensure.


  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of the construction industry.
  • Knowledge of building, electrical, mechanical and air movement systems, and/or plumbing, zoning, energy and disabled access codes and regulations affecting work.
  • Knowledge of the construction and related materials and tools.
  • Knowledge of the proper care and maintenance of tools of the trade.
  • Knowledge of appropriate safety methods and techniques.
  • Skill in the use of construction equipment and tools.
  • Skill in providing good customer service.
  • Skill in the use of a variety of office equipment including personal computers and related software.
  • Skill in reading and interpreting blueprints.
  • Skill in climbing ladders and scaffolds to perform appropriate inspections.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves moderate to heavy work generally in an outdoor setting. There is frequent need to stand, walk, sit, talk or hear, use hands, climb kneel, stoop, lift objects (up to 50 pounds) and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: High School Diploma or GED and five (5) years construction experience, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. This position requires State of Florida license as a Building Inspector, Residential and Commercial Electrical Inspector, Mechanical Inspector or Plumbing Inspector, or ability to obtain within one (1) year of date of employment. A valid Florida driver’s license is required.

FLSA Code: Non Exempt
Last revision date: October 2001
Overtime: Yes
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