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Position Title:Building Inspector II
Reference Number:12.097
Division:General Staffing
Contact Name:Human Resources
Contact Phone:916-774-5475
Contact Fax:916-774-5350
Position Description:SALARY: $4,324 to $6,084 MONTHLY (26 PAY PERIODS ANNUALLY)

FINAL FILING DATE: We are accepting the first 50 qualified applications or closing at 5:00 pm on Thursday, May 23, 2013, WHICHEVER OCCURS FIRST.

TENTATIVE TEST DATE: Oral Interview Exam: June 18 & 19, 2013


The Human Resources Department is accepting applications for the position of Building Inspector II. The normal work schedule will be Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

To perform a wide variety of light commercial and residential building inspection duties at various stages of construction, alteration and repair for compliance with California building code, plumbing code, electrical code, and local ordinances; provide technical assistance to other inspection staff; and to provide information and assistance to the public.

This is the journey level class in the Building Inspector services and is distinguished from the I level by the ability to perform the full range of duties assigned with only occasional instruction or assistance as unusual or unique situations arise. Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filed by advancement from the I level.

Receives general supervision from the Building Inspection Supervisor and may receive technical and functional supervision from the Senior Building Inspector.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES - Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Enforce building related codes, including adopted California Building Code, California Mechanical Code, California Plumbing Code, California Electric Code, Title 24 Accessibility Requirements, and local ordinances.

• Read and interpret construction plans and documents; perform on-site inspections at various stages of construction and remodeling to ensure compliance with applicable codes; research issues for code compliance; issue correction notices and citations.

• Perform on-site inspections of footings and foundations, framing electrical installations, plumbing and mechanical systems; inspect general framing and structure of building ensuring that sheathing and shear are properly secured, framing materials are of correct size and material and that the wall, roof, and floor systems match the plans and specs for design and layout.

• Inspect foundation prior to placement of concrete, checking size and placement of steel for reinforcement.

• Inspect plumbing for size, locations, and installation of all piping within the building and servicing the building; inspect mechanical systems for equipment, including location, duct sizing, emergency shutoffs, smoke and fire damper installations and locations.

• Inspect electrical systems for proper wire sizing, installation, and location, with the proper ratings of servicing equipment and fixtures.

• Inspect swimming pools and spas for steel placement prior to gunite, electrical, plumbing, and gas lines associated with pool or spa, inspect deck thickness and installation of all equipment.

• Investigate complaints regarding building related issues; assist residents with compliance issues.

• Maintain records of building and inspection activity and complete related reports daily.

• Assist in researching code questions, construction techniques and complaints regarding commercial and residential buildings.

• Respond to complex and sensitive building issues; follow up on daily inspections with contractors, architects, engineers and building owners either personally, by telephone, or in writing.

• Interact with the public to verify and enforce safe building practices.

• Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees, and the public, using principles of good customer service.

• Perform related duties as assigned.

Knowledge of:

• Accepted safety standards and methods of building construction for commercial, industrial, and residential buildings.
• Building related codes and ordinances enforceable by the City, including the adopted California Building, Electrical, Plumbing, and Mechanical Codes; research methods, and sources of information related to building code enforcement.

• Principles and techniques of building inspection work.

• Principles of structural design and engineering mathematics.

• Accepted safety standards and methods of building construction for commercial, industrial, and residential buildings, building related codes and ordinances enforceable by the City, including the adopted California Building, Electrical, Plumbing, and Mechanical codes.

• Research methods and sources of information related to building code enforcement.

Ability to:

• Learn to apply technical knowledge and follow proper inspection techniques to examine workmanship and materials.

• On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspect of the job; analyze technical plans and reports; prepare inspection reports; know and understand, interpret, and explain department and program policies, procedures, rules, codes, laws, and operations procedures; observe, analyze, evaluate, and solve building inspection problems/issues, taking appropriate course of action; remember various building inspection rules and codes.

• On a continuous basis, sit at a desk or stand at a counter for long periods of time; twist to reach equipment or materials surrounding desk; stand, walk, balance, stoop, kneel, climb, crawl, and bend while performing field inspection duties; talk, push, pull or perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone, and write or use keyboard to communicate through written means; and lift or carry weight of 50 pounds or less.

• Learn to read and interpret complex building plans, specifications and building codes; detect deviations from plans, regulations, and standard construction practices; research code issues; enforce building codes and construction standards.

• Learn to provide technical assistance and make arithmetical computations rapidly and accurately.

• Learn to enforce necessary regulations with firmness and tact.

• Learn to determine whether construction systems conform to requirements.

• Learn to apply rules, codes and policies regarding zoning, environmental matters, and other regulations to field situations.

• Understand and follow safety regulations.

• Understand and carry out oral and written directions.

• Work independently in the absence of supervision.

• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

• Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

• Apply technical knowledge and following proper inspection techniques.

• Detect deviations from plans, regulations, and standard construction practices.
• Read and interpreting complex building plans, specifications, and building codes.

• Advise on standard construction methods and requirements of residential, commercial, and industrial buildings.

• Provide technical assistance and supervision to other building staff in assigned area of specialization.

• Make arithmetical computations accurately and rapidly.

• Enforce necessary regulations with firmness and tact.

• Determine whether construction systems conform to City code requirements.

• Apply City codes and policies regarding zoning, environmental matters, and other regulations to field situations.

Experience and Training


• Two years of experience performing work similar to that of a Building Inspector I in the City of Roseville.


• Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by college level coursework in Building Inspection Technology or a related field including classes in the C.E.C., C.B.C., C.M.C. AND C.P.C.

License or Certificate

• Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver’s license.

• Possession of an I.C.C. certification as a building inspector.

• Possession of, or ability to obtain, an I.C.C. certification as a plumbing, mechanical, and electrical inspector is highly desirable.


1.   Please provide a detailed list of your certifications by ICC and IAPMO as well as any California Specific Certifications you may hold. Please list year obtained as well as the expiration date.

2.   Please detail your experience inspecting commercial projects for compliance with the minimum requirements of the California Code of Regulations.

3.   Please detail your experience inspecting multi-family projects for compliance with the minimum requirements of the California Code of Regulations.

4.   Please provide an example of an alternative method you approved for a project you inspected. Please explain the project, the code issue and your part in the approval of the alternative.

5.   If you did not have the final say in the alternative listed in question 4, did you agree or disagree with the decision and explain why.

6.   Please detail your experience in code enforcement as it relates to substandard housing.

Applications and responses to the supplemental questionnaire will be screened to those most meeting the needs of the department. Those applicants may be invited to an oral interview exam (weighted 100%). Final appointment is contingent upon a check of past employment references, passing a City-paid pre-employment medical exam, a drug and alcohol screening test, and a fingerprint check.
Job Status:Regular / Benefitted, Salary
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