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Code Enforcement Officer ~ Job Description



The Code Enforcement Officer is under general direction of the Building/Code Inspector and is responsible for performing inspections and investigations concerning violations of local and state laws. Determines the presence of health hazards, nuisance violations, unsafe building conditions and violations of any health, building or land use regulation, statute or ordinance. Aid property owners in the abatement of nuisance.


Duties include, but are not limited, to:

Conducts investigations of reported code violations on private and public property; determines if other violations are present at the reported property; Conducts property inspections for possible violations of City code and/or ordinance; Issues warnings, correction notices, and notice of violation. Assists with cases for hearing and trials by preparing reports, notice of violation, and case history documentation for code violation cases to be processed in court, which may include giving testimony as a witness on behalf of the City; Forwards code violation notices and actions to appropriate City departments to handle citation and enforcement; Tracks progress of violations and compliance; Monitors an assigned geographical area to identify code violations; Maintains all warning, notice, inspection and violation records; Maintains right-of-way's free of bandit signs and other non-permitted signage; Assists Building/Code Inspector as necessary with any non-licensed inspections such as concrete, flatwork, foundation, form survey and insulation; Must be able to read and interpret maps, plats, codes, ordinances and regulations; Complies with all applicable department security and safety rules, regulations and standards pertaining to vehicles and personal safety; Performs other duties as assigned; Convey a positive professional image by action, communication and appearance.


Knowledge, Skills and Ability

Analyze research to determine applicable ordinances, codes, regulations and statues ;General computer operations, i.e. Microsoft Office software; Office machines, such as scanner, computer, copier and fax machine; Establish and maintain an effective working relationship with all levels of City management, officials, staff, and the general public; Communicate effectively in person, telephone, writing and by e-mail with all levels of City management, officials, staff and the general public; Meet deadlines efficiently by applying knowledge of the procedures to fulfill essential job duties; Provide excellent public relations and customer service skills; Work in a multi-task environment; Ability to organize, prioritize, and carry out office work with minimal supervision.

Training and Experience

High School diploma/GED required; Knowledge of the principles and practices for enforcement or regulatory codes pertaining to municipal law; valid North Carolina Driver's License; Must submit to and pass a pre-employment drug test; Maintain a professional appearance and attire.

Physical Requirements:

The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Must possess the ability to access remote sites that may require climbing and traversing rough terrain, possibly in all weather conditions; Must be able to sit, stand or walk for significant periods of time daily. Required to reach with hands and arms; climb and balance; stoop, kneel, crouch and crawl; Lift and/or carry up to 80 pounds, and pull, push or drag up to 150 pounds of files, equipment and/or other materials; Must possess general manual dexterity to operate computer, equipment, tools, controls or other objects; reach with hands or arms; Must be able to use step stools and ladders to store and retrieve items of various sizes, shapes and forms; Must possess mental acuity for attention to accuracy and detail; Must see in the normal visual range with or without correction; Must hear in the normal audio range with or without correction; Must be able to hear clearly when working around equipment and traffic.

CLASSIFICATION: Planning & Inspections; FLSA Non-Exempt

HIRING SALARY RANGE: $34,929 -$55,839, Depending on Qualifications