Building Inspector I/II

City Of Sonoma   Sonoma, CA   Full-time     Quality Control
Posted on July 15, 2022
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Building Inspector I ‑ This is the entry-level class in the Building Inspector series. Positions in this class 
typically have little or no directly related work experience and work under immediate supervision while 
learning job tasks. The Building Inspector I class is distinguished from the Building Inspector II level by 
the performance of less than the full range of duties assigned to the II level. Incumbents work under 
immediate supervision while learning job tasks, progressing to general supervision as procedures and 
processes of assigned area of responsibility are learned. 

Building Inspector II ‑ This is the journey level class in the Building Inspector series and is distinguished 
from the Building Inspector I level by the assignment of the full range of duties. Employees at this level 
receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new, unusual or unique situations arise and are fully 
aware of the operating procedures and policies within the work unit. Positions in this class are flexibly 
staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the Building Inspector I level.

Example of Essential Duties 
• Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Plan, schedule, and perform field inspections of residential, commercial, and industrial construction 
• Ensure that building construction is in compliance with related laws, codes, ordinances and regulations.
• Research, interpret and explain codes, standards, requirements and restrictions; provide information to architects, contractors, engineers and the public.
• Coordinate inspection and plans examination activities with other city departments and divisions.
• Prepare reports, investigate code violations and issue violation notices, correction notices and 
abatement orders; maintain files and reports regarding inspection activities and findings.
• Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
• Foster an environment that embraces diversity, integrity, trust, and respect.
• Be an integral team player, which involves flexibility, cooperation, and communication.
• In addition to the duties listed above, an employee within this classification will perform additional 
duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
• Possession of a high school diploma is required.
• Possession of a valid California Class C driver license is required. This job 
classification may require use of a City vehicle while conducting City business. 

• At the time of application, possession of one or more current ICC 
(International Code Conference) certifications in an Inspector or Plans 
Examiner category or registration as a Licensed Architect or Registered Civil 
or Structural Engineer by the State of California is desirable. 
• Within one year of appointment, employee shall have obtained and must 
maintain throughout employment, not less than one ICC certification in the 
Building Inspector, Plans Examiner or Building Official categories or 
registration as a Licensed Architect or Registered Electrical, Mechanical, or 
Civil Engineer by the State of California. Certifications other than ICC may be 
considered on a case by case basis.
• Within three years of appointment, employee shall have obtained and must 
maintain throughout employment, a Certified Safety Assessment Program 
Evaluator or Coordinator certification from the State of California Office of 
Emergency Services.
• Within three years of appointment, employee certification as a Certified 
Access Specialist under the Certified Access Specialist (CASp) program 
administered by the California Department of General Services – Division of 
the State Architect is desirable. 

Examples of Abilities Needed: 
• Read and interpret building plans, specifications, codes and regulations; 
• Understand simple mathematic computations ; 
• Inspect and verify the work product of others. Clearly and concisely 
convey and communicate, verbally and in writing, violations, corrections and 
code requirements; 
• Produce written material using proper sentence construction, punctuation 
and grammar; 
• Use computer systems for word processing, e-mail and permit computations; 
• Safely operate a motor vehicle; 
• Establish and maintain effective and cordial working relationships with other 
City staff members, builders, contractors and the general public; 
• Complete a minimum of 45 hours of continuing education within every threeyear period; 
• Enforce regulations with firmness, tact and helpful customer service; 
• Understand and follow posted work rules and procedures; 
• Appear for work on time; 
• Follow directions from a supervisor and accept constructive criticism. 

Examples of Knowledge Needed: 
• Principles, practices and techniques of building inspection and code enforcement work; 
• Workplace safety standards; 
• Methods of construction applicable to the full range of construction activity 
commonly occurring within the community; 
• Building related codes and ordinances enforceable by the City including the 
California Building Standards Code, zoning ordinances, City environmental 
and energy regulations and other applicable state and federal regulations.