Chief Building Inspector

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SUMMARY: Under limited supervision, oversees the outside inspection program, supervises the activities of city inspectors, special, and/or resident inspectors in designated trade to enforce building, electrical, mechanical, 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. Maintains list of City approved Inspection Companies and Inspectors.
  2. Monitors large job sites mandated by Florida Statutes to employee special and/or resident inspectors, to ensure compliance with City Codes Policies and Procedures.
  3. Assigns daily work to field inspectors and evaluate their work.
  4. 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.
  5. Provides technical support to field inspectors, plan examiners and building officials.
  6. 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.
  7. Answers questions in person and on the phone regarding inspections; schedules inspections and appointments as appropriate.
  8. Documents daily inspections, results and violations using a computer.
  9. Reviews plans for specific details regarding construction, installation, and approvals.
  10. Adheres to appropriate safety rules and guidelines with respect to the construction industry.
  11. Reviews new materials and methods used in building construction; attends training courses to learn new codes and other inspection regulations; takes an active part in the training process.
  12. Performs plan review as needed.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices in the construction industry.
  • Knowledge of the proper care and maintenance of tools of the trade.
  • Knowledge of building, electrical, mechanical, and/or plumbing, zoning, energy and handicap codes and regulations affecting work.
  • Knowledge of the construction and related materials and tools.
  • Knowledge of appropriate safety methods and techniques.
  • Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles.
  • 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 communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • 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 (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 and five (5) years construction experience, including supervisory experience, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. This position requires State licensure as a Building Inspector, Residential and Commercial Electrical Inspector, Mechanical Inspector or Plumbing Inspector, and must obtain State licensure as a Plans Examiner in the appropriate field within one (1) year of hire date. A valid Florida driver’s license is required.

FLSA Code: NE
B/U: SEIU
Last revision date: July 2003
 
Overtime: Yes
 
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