HR Green is a professional services firm with over 100 years of history offering planning, engineering, technical consulting, and construction services to clients in diverse markets. We anticipate major expansions to our Building and Code Enforcement Services in the Inland Empire, Orange County, Los Angeles County, and Desert and Coachella Valley areas in California , and need talented Building Inspectors.
Our flexible staffing model means you get the flexibility you are looking for and the market-leading compensation, benefits and training you deserve.
The Building Inspector will perform field inspections and technical work in connection with the enforcement of ordinances and ICC Building Codes. In addition, the Building Inspector will complete work related to licensing, planning, zoning, and permitting as required and enforcement of municipal codes.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Inspects all types of structures including commercial and residential buildings during various stages of construction and remodeling to ensure compliance with applicable codes, ordinances and regulations.
- Examines permit plans and specifications for buildings to be constructed, altered, repaired, moved or demolished to ensure compliance with the provisions of applicable codes, ordinances and regulations; recommends modifications and adjustments as necessary.
- Examines site plans for locations of structures, set back requirements, easements and conformance to planning and zoning regulations.
- Inspects existing buildings and premises for business license, change of use, and occupancy for compliance with applicable codes, ordinances and regulations.
- Performs business, rental and vacant structure inspections as needed.
- Enforces municipal ordinances, ICC Property Maintenance, ICC Building Codes and other related codes.
- Issues notices to comply on violations and issues “stop work” orders for work without permits or in an unsafe manner; maintains records, files and reports regarding inspection and plan review activities and findings for possible legal actions.
- Applies valuations, costs and permit numbers and issues documents such as building permits, inspection notices, occupancy certificates, stop-work orders, correction notices, and citations as appropriate.
- Consults with legal, planning, engineering, public work departments and fire safety staff regarding building, fire, life safety, zoning, and other code interpretations and applications.
- Logs, routes, tracks and processes all incoming plans and related permit submittals; responds to code and related questions in person and on the phone.
- Attends and participates in meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of building inspection and plans examination.
- Attends required continuing education classes to maintain current ICC Certifications/Licenses.
- Periodical patrol and inspection for violation of applicable codes, ordinances and regulations.
- Responds to complaints of code violations related to signage, building occupancy, nuisances, housing conditions, construction, land use, zoning, animals, noise, weeds, dumping, and other code-related matters.
- Conducts field inspections regarding violations and takes appropriate action for individuals to correct the violation, verbal warning, correction notices, or citations.
- Documents violations by securing photographs and other pertinent data; researches ownership records, prior complaints, municipal codes and ordinances, and state regulations to establish whether a violation has occurred.
- Meets with owners, tenants, contractors, business owners, etc. to review violations and explain code requirements to achieve code compliance.
- Drafts and distributes a variety of correspondence, memoranda, notices, and reports relating to code enforcement, including warnings, citations, notices to appear and other code documents.
- Promote and maintain a positive image in contacts with various persons and agencies, provide effective and efficient customer service, and resolve complex and sensitive issues as they arise.
- Reports situations that may be encountered and are outside the scope of the Building Inspection Services to the Supervisor.
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and assistance.
- Ability to exercise judgment, confidence and creativity in situations involving the evaluation of information against measurable criteria.
- Ability to work a flexible schedule to include weekends and evenings as needed is required.
- Must be able to respond 24/7 emergency on-call requests from Police or Fire departments, such as for property damage or structural fires.
- Maintain documentary evidence on cases of non-compliance for use in court. When necessary, appears in court and testifies professionally and impartially.
- Drafts, prepares, recommends, and participates in revisions to municipal code and enforcement policies, procedures, techniques, and standards, as well as the department director’s interpretation.
- Performs related duties as required.
- Maintain proper safety procedures and guidelines and apply these in daily activities and tasks as required.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
- High school diploma or GED equivalent required. College and/or business coursework is preferred.
- A minimum of five (5) years of experience working with all phases of modern construction practices and building codes, plus three (3) years in code enforcement or property maintenance inspection is required.
- Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to prepare, organize and communicate field data reports is required.
- Computer proficiency and demonstrated knowledge of computer software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases required. Must have a working knowledge of general office equipment and other tools utilized during field inspections.
- Knowledge of construction practices, state and local building codes and ordinances is required.
- The ability to set priorities, meet critical time deadlines, follow written and oral instructions, and handle business activities with discretion and integrity is required.
- The ability to establish effective working relationships with employees, supervisors, contractors, architects, engineers, owners and the general public is required.
- Must possess ICC Residential Building Inspector Certification and ICC Commercial Inspector Certification.
- Must possess ICC International Property Maintenance Code Inspector Certification, or be able to obtain such certification within six months of hire.
- The employee must be capable of driving/operating a motor vehicle for company business, and maintain a valid driver’s license in the state of residence with a good driving record.
RELATIONSHIP TO OTHERS This position reports directly to the Chief Building Official and receives moderate supervision. Incumbents in this role consistently establish and maintain effective and courteous relationships with the public and internal staff under stressful conditions while projecting a professional image. They also strive to achieve professional working relationships and show a willingness to help others meet critical deadlines and code compliance.
Must be able to read, write, and speak English and communicate clearly and concisely, in person, by telephone, and in writing. Bi-lingual considered a plus.
Must be able to read, understand, and interpret construction blueprints, plans, and specifications and compare them to actual construction. Must be able to inspect and analyze standard building construction and identify code violations.
EXTENT OF AUTHORITY Has the authority to carry out the duties described and to represent a jurisdiction.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Work is performed in a standard office setting and in the field. While executing the duties of this job, the employee is required to: speak and hear clearly; lift, pull, push and carry approximately 50 lbs.; walk, stand, or sit for long periods of time; be able to reach with the hands or arms and must have the ability to use the hands to touch, feel or operate tools or controls; endures extreme weather conditions; specifically be able to operate a motor vehicle and have a valid driver’s license; climb ladders and access roofs, attics, crawl spaces, basements, holes, pits, and trenches unassisted. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
WORK ENVIRONMENT Work is performed both in the office and in the field at various residential, commercial, and public buildings, as well as vacant land. The work schedule will be flexible to include evenings and weekends in order to respond to the needs and requests of the jurisdiction. Exposure to extreme heat and humidity working outdoors; temperature swings from indoor air-conditioning to outdoors, extreme noise and dust from construction equipment and hand tools at sites; mechanical and radiation hazards at industrial and construction sites; electrical hazards of electrical wiring; explosive hazards; fumes and odors of gases and exhaust; dust of household, storage spaces and environment; toxic chemicals and waste. Work setting is informal, autonomy-oriented, having variable tasks. Work is frequently fast-paced with high pressure.
HR Green is proud to be an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or other classification protected by applicable federal, state or local law.