Building Inspector

at City of Sharonville
Location Cincinnati
Date Posted January 15, 2022
Category Construction
Job Type Not Specified


Building Inspector (Chief Building Official Certification Preferred)



High school education or GED equivalent and one of the following:

  1. At least three years of experience as a construction contractor, general foreman, or supervisor for buildings or structures within the scope of use groups regulated by the OBC;
  2. Or at least three years experience as a skilled tradesman for work subject to inspection under a model building code adopted for building or structures within the scope of the use groups regulated by the OBC, three years experience as specified in the OBC chapter 4101:2-7-79 paragraph (A) (2),
  3. Or equivalent experience that provided the required knowledge as determined by the board of building standards.

The experience must provide knowledge of different construction methods, processes, and types. Certified by the Ohio Board of Building Standards as a Building inspector. Valid operator's permit.


Bachelor's degree in planning, architecture, or engineering (Professional registration not required) with five years of experience working for a registered architect or engineer in the State of Ohio. Certified by the Ohio Board of Building Standards as a Building Inspector and a Plans Examiner. Certified Chief Building Official


  1. Valid Driver's License; must maintain insurability as set forth by the City's motor vehicle liability insurance requirements.
  2. Certified by the Ohio Board of Building Standards as a Building inspector.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (for purposes of 42 USC 12101):

  1. The ability to read and comprehend various types of architectural and engineering plans, and specifications.
  2. To inspect residential, commercial and industrial projects, under construction, to assure compliance with the approved set of plans and applicable codes.
  3. To inspect existing developments and investigate violations of zoning and land use regulations and resolve such deviations in law either through capitulation or prosecution.
  4. Manage other inspector personnel and administrative clerk/permit technician to assure professional service to the general public and proper actions to enforce compliance with applicable codes.
  5. Facilitate the Community Reinvestment Area document preparation and act as housing officer for this program.
  6. Oversee the in house procedures, as developed by the department director, to facilitate code enforcement processes, and coordinate personnel as necessary.
  7. Able to fill in for the department head during his/her absence.
  8. Perform routine office work; answer telephones; handle public inquiries regarding code interpretations; be familiar with computer tracking software; and assist public in making applications for permits.
  9. Inspect both commercial and residential properties for compliance with the Property Maintenance Code.
  10. Inspect new commercial and residential projects for compliance with zoning and land use regulations.
  11. Serve as backup state certified building inspector, and inspect all phases of residential and commercial construction to ensure conformance with building codes, as needed.
  12. Review residential plans and commercial sign plans for conformance with applicable codes as needed.
  13. The ability to read various types of architectural and engineering plans and specifications of proposed construction, repair and/or alterations to commercial or residential projects as approved by the plan reviewer.
  14. The ability to report to the appropriate party any deviation in the building and/or zoning codes and discuss the corrective action(s) needed for compliance.
  15. Investigate complaints, as directed; serve violation notices and orders; file charges and assist in the prosecution.
  16. Perform routine office work; answer telephones; handle public inquiries regarding code interpretations; be familiar with computer tracking software; and assist public in making applications for permits.
  17. Ability to perform physical, on-site inspections of buildings, construction sites, and development sites which may require extensive walking, standing, or climbing in both developed and undeveloped or construction areas. Will require entering "hard-hat" zones.
  18. May be required to respond afterhours and attend afterhours public meetings i.e. BZA, Planning Commission and Council meetings.
  19. May act as Chief Building Official:
    1. Serves as Chief Building Official for City; ensures adherence to the "Ohio Building Code", "Ohio Mechanical Code", and "Residential Code of Ohio" as Building Official by approving plans to ensure compliance, issuing building permits, causing inspections to be made, and issuing Certificates of Occupancy.
    2. Represents City at Building Board of Appeals and in court concerning code violations and other related matters; attends hearing of the State Board of Building Standards. Responds to inquiries and complaints of general public on code requirements; meets with contractors, builders and property owners to resolve construction problems; attends seminars and meetings of professional organizations and trade groups to represent the department and explains departmental policies and procedures; attends pre-construction meetings with applicants; makes field inspections.
    3. Files all necessary reports with the Ohio Board of Building Standards; issues adjudication orders as necessary; oversees contract with outside plan review inspection agencies. Reviews application forms and assists in making changes based on code changes; recommends fee schedule and adjustments as necessary.
    4. Maintain City of Sharonville Building Department Certification with Ohio Board of Building Standards.
    5. Performs other duties as directed.


  1. Abide by the Standards of Conduct as defined by City Administration.
  2. Demonstrate a pattern of reliable and predictable attendance.

MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE CHARACTERISTICS: (*indicates developed after employment)

  • Knowledge of: *City and Department Policies. Sharonville Zoning Ordinance. General construction knowledge.
  • Skill in: Written and verbal communications. Time management and ability to jugle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to: Bend from floor to knee, floor to waist and floor to chest and floor to shoulders. Sustain moderate manual labor for extended periods in all weather conditions. Work effectively, efficiently and extensively with a wide range of age groups and variety of people.

Note: In accordance with the U.S. Department of Labor physical demands strength ratings, this is considered to be medium work.

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