Senior Building Inspector

  • City of Costa Mesa
  • Costa Mesa, CA, USA
  • Nov 01, 2016
Full Time Building and Safety
  • Salary: $5,069.00 - $6,793.00 Monthly


Essential Functions: These functions may not be present in all positions in this class. When a position is to be filled, the essential functions will be noted in the announcement of position availability. Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind work assignments as needed.

Secures and maintains compliance with codes and regulations governing existing and new installations.

Conducts the more technical or complex inspections; advises other inspectors on the more difficult and complicated problems.

Assists and advises contractors, and others regarding construction codes and regulations.

Reviews complaints of substandard conditions.

Recommends changes in existing or new codes and regulations.

Prepares and maintains necessary records and reports.

Performs related work as required.

Job Description

This is highly skilled work in securing and maintaining compliance with municipal codes and regulations governing existing and new construction codes; and performs related duties as required.


Work involves participating in effecting compliance with legally established codes and regulations of the municipal construction codes. Work also involves the application of discretion and judgment in the interpretation of pertinent codes and regulations; coordinating work with other inspectors; performing the more complicated inspections. Work is performed with considerable independence under the supervision of superiors through conferences and reports.

Note: This classification is covered by Agency Shop provisions which require that employees pay union dues or service fees as a condition of employment. Qualified religious exemptions can be accommodated.


Applications must be completed and submitted on-line. This recruitment will remain open until filled and may close without prior notice, therefore prompt application is encouraged. The first application review has been extended to Friday, December 16, 2016.

Candidates are requested to provide specific information regarding their education and experience as it relates to the position by completing all fields of the application. Applications may be rejected if incomplete. Do not include text or attached resumes, as they will not be accepted or reviewed in the application process. Based upon the information presented on the application, a limited number of candidates who possess qualifications most pertinent to the position will be invited to participate in the selection process. The selection process may include, but is not limited to the following components: application review and evaluation, written examination or exercise, physical examination, practical exercise and interview evaluation. Please notify the Human Resources Division 72 hours in advance of the test date if you have a disability which requires accommodation for the testing process. The eligibility list will be in effect for one (1) year, unless exhausted sooner. The eligibility list established from this recruitment may be utilized to fill full-time, part-time and lower-level vacancies which occur during the life of the list.

Notifications during this recruitment will be sent by email only (regardless of the notification preference selected during the on-line application process). Notifications will be sent to the email address that is listed on your on-line application.

All employment offers made by the City are contingent upon establishing proof of a prospective candidate's legal authorization to work in the United States and successfully passing all components of the pre-employment process which may include, but is not limited to: comprehensive background check, criminal history check (livescan fingerprint check), polygraph examination, post-offer psychological evaluation and post-offer medical evaluation (may include drug screen).

Note: The provisions of this job bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provisions contained within may be modified or revoked without notice.

Additional Information


Please contact Human Resources for a summary of the essential tasks and environmental factors for this classification.

Employee accommodations for physical or mental disabilities will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Job Requirements

Qualification Guidelines: A typical way to obtain the requisite knowledge and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of this classification is as follows:


Considerable experience as a combination inspector, and graduation from high school or a related vocational school. College coursework in civil engineering, mechanical engineering or a related field is desirable.


International Code Council (ICC) certification as Combination Inspector.

Certified Access Specialist (CASp) certification is highly desirable.

Class C California Driver's License. Revocation of license during employment may result in disciplinary action or reassignment.


Thorough knowledge of the methods and practices involved in installing, repairing, and maintaining a variety of plumbing , heating, solar, refrigeration, and allied installations, equipment, and appliances.

Thorough knowledge of possible defects and faults in the above systems and equipment, and of standard testing devices and effective corrective measures.

Thorough knowledge of state and local construction regulations.

Knowledge of effective supervisory methods and responsibilities.


Ability to detect and locate defective installations and to ascertain the stage of installation when defects are most easily found and remedied.

Ability to contact building owners, contractors, craftsmen, and others, and to effect and maintain satisfactory working relationships on inspectional and regulatory matters.

Ability to read and interpret construction blueprints and diagrams.

Ability to enforce the construction and other related codes with firmness, tact, and impartiality.