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Building Codes Enforcement Officer I or II

Building Codes Enforcement Officer I or II

General Statement of Duties

The purpose of this position is to perform technical inspections of new and existing buildings in the enforcement of the State building codes. Successful performance ensures compliance with applicable codes.  The work consists of varied technical inspection duties. Frequently changing codes contribute to the complexity of the position.

Duties and Job Responsibilities

Major Duties

  • Performs various building, electrical, mechanical and plumbing inspections
  • Reviews residential and commercial building plans.
  • Reviews and approves applications for building permits
  • Maintains records, files, and daily work sheet.
  • Attends inspection and department staff meetings.
  • Attends educational courses and seminars to maintain required certifications.
  • Meets with customers to discuss plans and explain code requirements.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
  • Determines habitability of dwellings and investigates abandoned buildings for determination of repairability.
  • Issues warnings, official notices, stop work orders and citations as necessary to obtain compliance with appropriate codes.

Supervisory/Management Responsibility

  • None

Recruitment and Selection Guidelines

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of building, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical systems construction and installation.
  • Knowledge of department and city policies and procedures and federal, state, and local codes, laws and regulations.
  • Skill in performing inspections of new and existing homes and commercial buildings.
  • Skill in reading and interpreting plans and specifications.
  • Skill in collaborative conflict resolution, internal and external customer service, teamwork and persuasion techniques.
  • Skill in the condemnation/demolition process of residential and nonresidential  buildings.
  • Skill in the operation of computers and other standard office equipment.
  • Skill in planning, organization, and decision-making.
  • Skill in interpersonal relations.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Ability to interpret and enforce state codes, rules, and regulations tactfully, courteously, firmly and consistently.
  • Ability to work effectively with contractors, property owners, other employees and the general public
  • Ability to prepare factual reports and present same to appropriate boards or commissions.

Work Environment/Physical Requirements

  • Work is typically performed outdoors and occasionally in cold or inclement weather. Some work is performed in an office while sitting at a desk or table, or while intermittently sitting, standing or walking, and at inspection sites.
  • The work requires the use of protective devices such as masks, goggles, or gloves.
  • The employee occasionally lifts light objects, climbs ladders, uses tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, and must distinguish between shades of color.

Desirable Education and Experience

  • Graduation from a community college or technical college with a degree in a related field and experience in building construction, skilled trades or related area; or equivalent combination of educational experience.
  • Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with completion of specialized training in the field of work, in addition to basic skills typically associated with a high school education.
  • Experience sufficient to thoroughly understand the work of subordinate positions to be able to answer questions and resolve problems, usually associated with one to three years of experience or service.
  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver's license issued by the State of North Carolina for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.
  • Possession of or prequalification for the appropriate state certification for the type of inspection(s) conducted.

Code Enforcement Officer I - Grade 19

At a minimum, a Level I standard certification shall be held in at least two of the following: Building, Plumbing, Mechanical or Electrical. Level I probationary certificates may also be considered; and as a condition of continued employment Level I standard certificates must be achieved within two years.

Code Enforcement Officer II – Grade 21

At a minimum, a Level II standard certification shall be held in at least one of the following: Building, Plumbing, Mechanical or Electrical. For new hires, a minimum of two Level II probationary certificates in the following trades Building, Plumbing, Mechanical or Electrical may also be considered; and as a condition of continued employment Level II standard certificates must be achieved within two years.

Non-Exempt Positions

Salary:  DOQ – Expected hiring range $44,749 - $51,802

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to the Human Resources Officer, Susan Hartman, at Please include the words Building Codes Enforcement Officer I or II in the subject line of submittal. Position is open until filled.