Building Inspector II/III

  • City of Murrieta, CA
  • Murrieta, California
  • May 03, 2019
Full Time Building and Safety Code Enforcement and Inspections Construction and Skilled Trades
  • Salary: See Position Description

Job Description

Description and Essential Functions



Building Inspector II: $56,923 - $69,191/year
Building Inspector III: $62,685 - $76,194/year

Under general supervision (II), or direction (III), performs routine to complex inspections of residential, commercial, and industrial building sites to enforce building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and environmental codes, with specific expertise, knowledge of, and emphasis on one of the building trades; ensures conformance with approved plans, specifications, standards, permits, and licensing; provides a variety of information to property owners, developers, architects, engineers, and contractors; may direct the work of contracted staff; and performs related work as required.

Receives general supervision (Building Inspector II) to direction (Building Inspector III) from the Building Inspection Supervisor. The Building Inspector III may exercise technical and functional direction over contracted staff.

Building Inspector II - This is a technical journey level classification in the Building Inspector series. Positions at this level are distinguished from the Building Inspector I level by the performance of the full range of duties as assigned, working independently, and exercising judgment and initiative. Positions at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit.

Building Inspector III - This advanced journey level classification is responsible for performing the full range of routine to complex inspections of residential, commercial, and industrial buildings, working independently and exercising judgment and initiative. May perform minor to complex plan reviews. Positions at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit.

Positions in the Building Inspector class series are flexibly staffed; positions at the Building Inspector II/III level are normally filled by advancement from the Building Inspector I/II level respectively; progression to the Building Inspector II/III levels is dependent on (i) management affirmation that the position is performing the full range of duties assigned to the classification; (ii) satisfactory work performance; (iii) the incumbent meeting the minimum qualifications for the classification including any licenses and certifications; and (iv) management approval for progression to the Building Inspector II/III levels.

Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations where appropriate so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.
  • Performs the full range of building inspections of new and existing commercial, industrial, and residential properties for compliance with building codes and standards; reads and reviews project plans to verify construction.
  • Reviews and approves various stages of construction, such as framing, electrical, mechanical, heating, plumbing, and structural membrane; inspects throughout the construction period to completion; monitors construction sites; writes detailed correction notices for non-compliance or deviation from approved plans.
  • Conducts solar review, approval, submittal of corrections and final permit issuance; conducts inspections from inception to completion.
  • Investigates complaints regarding existing buildings or new construction to determine if code violations or problem conditions exist; writes "stop work" notices for work being done without permits or in an unsafe manner.
  • Reviews plans, blue prints, drawings, and maps, and prepares change orders.
  • Confers with property owners, contractors, and developers with respect to complaints and building code issues, and to respond to general questions on compliance issues.
  • Processes electricity and gas meter releases, and Certificates of Occupancy; reviews and approves temporary gas and electric meter releases for staff.
  • Plans, schedules, prioritizes, and assigns inspections; communicates status of inspections to appropriate staff.
  • Provides technical and functional direction to assigned contract staff; reviews and controls quality of work.
  • Serves as a liaison for the assigned function to other City departments, divisions, and outside agencies.
  • Assists in the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards including recommending improvements; assists in developing work plans, procedures, and schedules.
  • Prepares and maintains a variety of files, correspondence, reports, correction notices, and other written materials.
  • Observes and complies with City and mandated safety rules, regulations, and protocols.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

Building Inspector II/III - High School Diploma or equivalent (GED), supplemented by college-level coursework or technical training in construction technology, building inspection, or a related field.

  • Building Inspector II - Two (2) years of experience in building inspection, building construction, remodeling, and building alteration work.
  • Building Inspector III - Three (3) years of responsible experience inspecting residential, commercial, or industrial buildings for a government agency.

  • Building Inspector II - Possession of International Code Council (ICC) State of California certification as a Building Inspector or related ICC certification.
  • Building Inspector III - Possession of International Code Council (ICC) State of California as a Building Inspector and at least two (2) additional ICC State of California certifications. An ICC State of California Commercial Building Inspector certification is desired.
  • Building Inspector II/III - Possession of, or ability to obtain and maintain, a valid California Driver's License.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Physical Demands and Environmental Conditions

  • Methods and techniques used in conducting building inspections.
  • Building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and related codes.
  • Characteristics of common materials used in building construction.
  • Principles of trades areas as they relate to inspecting buildings and mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems.
  • Methods and techniques applied to the design and construction of residential, commercial and industrial buildings.
  • Safety standards and methods of building construction and materials used at all stages of construction.
  • Principles of lead direction and training.
  • Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, codes and procedures relevant to assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Mathematical principles including algebra, geometry, and trigonometry.
  • Record keeping principles and procedures.
  • City and mandated safety rules, regulations, and protocols.
  • Modern equipment and communication tools used for business functions and program, project, and task coordination, including computers and software programs relevant to work performed.
  • The structure and content of the English language, including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and City staff.

  • Perform the full range of assigned inspections in residential, commercial and industrial buildings.
  • Interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with applicable Federal, State, and local laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Review, understand, interpret, and analyze construction blueprints, plans, specifications, and architect and engineering drawings for application to inspection services.
  • Examine workmanship and materials to detect deviation from plans, regulations and standard construction practices.
  • Prepare clear and concise correction notices.
  • Investigate building code violations and respond to inquiries and complaints in a fair, tactful, and timely manner.
  • Plan, schedule, assign, and oversee activities of contract staff; train others in work procedures.
  • Prepare clear, effective, and accurate reports, correspondence, and other written materials.
  • Effectively represent the division and the City in meetings with other departments, public and private organizations, and individuals.
  • Establish and maintain accurate logs, records, and written records of work performed.
  • Make accurate mathematic computations.
  • Organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.
  • Effectively use computer systems, software applications relevant to work performed, and modern business equipment to perform a variety of work tasks.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, using appropriate English grammar and syntax.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

When working within an office environment, must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone; ability to stand and walk between work areas may be required. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office equipment. Positions in this classification occasionally bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push, and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information.

When working in field inspection, must possess mobility to work in changing site conditions; possess the strength, stamina, and mobility to perform light to medium physical work; to sit, stand, and walk on level, uneven, or slippery surfaces; to reach, twist, turn, kneel, and bend, to climb and descend ladders; and to operate a motor vehicle and visit various City sites; vision to inspect site conditions and work in progress. The job involves fieldwork requiring frequent walking in operational areas to identify problems or hazards, with exposure to hazardous materials in some site locations. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects averaging a weight of 50 pounds or heavier weights in all cases with the use of proper equipment and/or assistance from other staff.

Employees work partially in an office environment with moderate noise levels and controlled temperature conditions, and partially in the field where they are exposed to loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, road hazards, vibration, confining workspace, chemicals, mechanical and/or electrical hazards, and hazardous physical substances and fumes. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.

Supplemental Information

A City application form must be submitted online. Applicants can apply online at .

Candidates must clearly demonstrate through their application materials that they meet the employment standards outlined above. All properly completed applications will be reviewed, and the most appropriately qualified individuals will be invited to continue in the selection process. Examinations for the position may consist of any combination of appraisal interview, performance test and writing exercise to evaluate the applicant's skill, training, and experience for the position. Successful applicants will be placed on an eligibility list. The City may also merge lists. The selected candidate(s) must successfully complete pre-employment clearances which may include a physical, drug screen, and Live Scan background investigation.

The City of Murrieta, located in southwest Riverside County, was incorporated under the general laws of the State of California on July 1, 1991, and currently supports a population of approximately 114,000 residents. While offering affordable housing and high quality schools, the City represents a blend of dynamic growth amid the traditional values of a historic rural community dating back to the 1890's. Every resident and employee of the City has the opportunity to be an integral part in shaping the Murrieta of today, and, more important, the Murrieta of tomorrow.
Closing Date/Time: Continuous