General Summary & Essential Responsibilities
The position of Building Inspector performs technical work in inspecting building construction, alterations, and repairs to ensure compliance with Florida building codes. Work is done via technical examinations and the application of standard trade practices to inspection work. Primarily responsible for conducting field inspections in one of the following areas: plumbing, mechanical, structural or electrical, depending on licensure.
Conducts inspections on residential and commercial structures for compliance with applicable building, electrical, plumbing, HVAC roofing, insulation, and related codes and standards as allowed by appropriate licensure.
Inspects adequacy of building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical and roofing, and structural safety for conformity to code.
Reviews blueprints and building construction plans and specifications for code compliance.
Records failed inspections: issues citations and warnings; works with contractors and property owners to resolve conflicts, solve problems, and achieve compliance with all requirements; reports all issues of non-compliance to proper officials for prosecution; and maintains related documentation.
Performs single-trade inspections in primary area(s) of expertise as assigned for both commercial and residential structures and investigates and resolves complaints against contractors and citizens regarding code and permit violations.
Performs basic, routine administrative duties including written reports, interaction with contractors and the public, and communication through telephone and meetings.
Provide exceptional customer assistance, problem-solving, and/or complaints by all forms of communication.
Min. Education, Licenses and Certifications
Minimum Education and Experience:
Combined experience in the field of construction or related field inspection or plans review that meet the specifications required by Florida Administrative Code for Residential Inspector Certification. Building Inspector Certification requirements, as per Florida Administrative Code 61G19-6:Four (4) years combined experience in the field of construction, building code inspection or plans review corresponding of the certification category sought orThree (3) years combined postsecondary education in the field of construction, building experience with one (1) year experience working in construction, building code inspection or plans review orThree (3) years combined technical education in the field of construction or a related field and experience with one (1) year experience working in construction, building code inspection or plans review
Licenses and/or Certificates:
Must possess and maintain a valid Florida driver s license or obtain a valid Florida driver s license within thirty (30) days of position assignment.
Must possess and maintain Certification as a Building Inspector by the State of Florida Administrative Code and F.S.S. # 468:Building InspectorElectrical InspectorPlumbing InspectorMechanical Inspector
Or the ability and professional experience to apply for a provisional license within ninety (90) days of position assignment.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of Florida Building Codes, and of building inspection principles and practices.
Knowledge of County ordinances and technical codes.
Ability to abide by Florida Administrative Code 61G19-6..., Building Inspector Certification. Pursuant to F.S.S. 468.
Knowledge of building construction techniques and methods and the ability to identify areas that deviate from approved construction drawings and areas not compliant with the applicable codes.
Ability to recognize faulty construction or hazardous conditions.
Ability to understand and interpret established building codes, and to enforce codes and regulations firmly, tactfully and impartially.
Ability to read and interpret building construction plans and specifications, including the ability to check construction plans for compliance with all applicable codes
Ability to exercise judgment and discretion in interpreting and enforcing department codes, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures
Knowledge of mathematics, soil, design statics, strength of materials, mechanics, concrete, reinforced concrete, steel and timber design.
Ability to ascertain priorities and meet deadlines and objectives.
Good written and oral communication skills.
Knowledge of standard office computer equipment and software applications; ability to maintain accurate records and reports.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
Ability to operate a motor vehicle.
Ability to provide internal/external guidance and customer assistance via all forms of communication.
Working Conditions : Work typically requires moderate exposure to one or more disagreeable conditions (i.e., irate customers, outdoors weather conditions, excessive noise, extreme heat, odors or dust).
Risk/Safety Conditions : This position requires moderate exposure or risk to physical health and/or physical safety (e.g., exposure to environmentally hazardous material, heavy equipment, assault and battery, communicable disease, etc.).
Physical Activities : Stooping, crouching, walking, pulling, grasping, hearing, seeing up close, seeing far away, kneeling, reaching, pushing, talking, standing, climbing, finger movement, repetitive motions, depth perception. Frequent lifting up to 25 pounds and occasional lifting up to 50 pounds.