Building Inspector II

  • Sunnyvale, California
  • Nov 28, 2021
Full Time Building and Safety Code Enforcement and Inspections Construction and Skilled Trades
  • Salary: $44.98 - $57.41 Hourly USD

Job Description


Regular, Full Time Employment Opportunity

This position is open continuous. The application review will be on Monday, December 13, 2021

The City of Sunnyvale is seeking a Building Inspector II to provide building construction inspections.
Our Building Safety team works as one solution-driven, cohesive team, and encourages leadership from the ground-up. Are you the next Building Inspector II to join our team?

This position is part of a 12-person building inspection team working on a variety of projects including single-family maintenance, commercial tenant improvements in existing and new buildings, new construction of large development projects of townhomes, apartments, hotels, and Class A office buildings. Under the supervision of Senior Building Inspectors and the Chief Building Official, the Building Inspector II performs responsible technical duties related to the review of construction plans and the conduct of field inspections on structures during various stages of construction for compliance with approved plans and municipal codes; performs plan and specification reviews; issues building permits, and performs related work as assigned. Incumbents are expected to independently perform the full scope of duties associated with the review of construction plans and conduct of field inspections under general supervision.

The ideal candidate will have strong technical knowledge of the building codes, is a good communicator to coworkers, contractors, and other members of the public. They will be able to prepare clear, concise, and comprehensive reports, correspondence, and other required documents. They will be required to maintain forms, records, and field reports relative to inspection activities and to document findings.

The City of Sunnyvale offers:
  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits
  • Classic CalPERS members have 4% of the employee contributions paid by the City, leaving only 3% for the employee to contribute.
  • Retiree medical benefits available

Essential Job Functions

(May include, but are not limited to, the following):
  • Performs field inspections of building construction, plumbing, mechanical and electrical installations in residential and commercial buildings to verify compliance with applicable building, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical codes, related City ordinances, and Federal, State and local statutes.
  • Reads, correctly interprets, applies and uses building codes, municipal codes, ordinances and other related laws, regulations and policies.
  • Communicates with property owners, contractors and others regarding local and State codes; explains requirements and ensures compliance with plans and codes and gives final sign-off approval.
  • Issues instructions and makes recommendations for corrective action. Issues permits at One Stop Center, as assigned; receives and responds to customer questions.
  • Provides information to the public regarding city codes relating to construction; assists architects, residential designers, engineers, contractors and property owners in interpreting and meeting code requirements.
  • Prepares clear, concise and comprehensive reports, correspondence and other required documents; maintains forms, records and field reports relative to inspection activities and to document findings; performs office duties.
  • Reviews plans and applications for building permits; issues building permits and other construction-related permits (electrical, plumbing, mechanical, etc.); and, issues certificates of occupancy.
  • Performs code enforcement work; investigates code violations and complaints; writes up inspection results and reports.


Position requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking on level, uneven and slippery surfaces, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting and stooping in the performance of daily activities. The position also requires grasping, repetitive hand movement and fine coordination in using a computer keyboard. The position also requires near and far vision when performing tasks such as field inspections, in reading written reports and work related documents and using a computer. Acute hearing is required when providing phone and personal customer service. The need to lift, drag, carry and push equipment, tools and supplies up to 25 pounds is also required. Additionally, when performing field inspections, the incumbent may be exposed to biohazards and work in a variety of working conditions, including mechanical and electrical hazards, loud noise, and inclement weather conditions, such as wet, heat and cold. The nature of the work also requires the incumbent to climb ladders and steep slopes, and walk around construction worksites. Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience

The minimum qualifications for education and experience can be met in the following way:

Building Inspector I

Graduation from high school or tested equivalent; AND

Two years of journey-level trades or contractor experience in a variety of building construction or inspection activities.

Building Inspector II

Graduation from high school graduation or tested equivalent; AND

One year of experience working for a public agency equivalent to a Building Inspector I with the City of Sunnyvale; AND
Three years of journey-level trades or contractor experience in the building construction field in one or more of the principal construction areas (Carpentry, Electrical, Mechanical, or Plumbing);


Graduation from high school graduation or tested equivalent; AND

Three years working for a public agency equivalent to a Building Inspector I with the City of Sunnyvale.

Knowledge of:

Building Inspector I
  • Practices, standards, methods, materials, and tools used in building design and construction including electrical, mechanical, plumbing and energy trades.
  • Basic building code requirements.
  • Office methods, procedures, software and equipment.

Ability to:
  • Read, understand and interpret approved plans, specifications and construction plans accurately.
  • Perform basic plan checking.
  • Learn to identify building code compliance requirements and make appropriate recommendations for corrective actions.
  • Learn to ensure code compliance at the plan check level.
  • Inspect and analyze standard building construction; learn to identify code violations and recommend appropriate corrective measures to ensure compliance.
  • Prepare and maintain accurate paperwork, including forms, records and reports.
  • Make mathematical calculations.
  • Interpret, apply and explain construction-related codes, regulations and policies.
  • Operate a computer using word processing and business software and other office equipment.
  • Understand and follow written and oral instructions.
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing
  • Establish and maintain and promote positive and effective working relationships with employees, other agencies and the public.
  • Demonstrate initiative and exercise good judgment in the performance of duties.
  • Learn the operation, policy and procedures of the Community Development Department.
  • Work independently and as a team member; recognize and set priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Observe safety principles and work in a safe manner.

Knowledge of:

Building Inspector II
The above, plus:
  • Building and related codes and ordinances enforceable by the City of Sunnyvale, including building code, electrical code, mechanical code, plumbing code, energy code, California Title 24 Disabled Access Standards, California Title 24 Energy Standards and other related laws, codes and ordinances.
  • Proper inspection methods, procedures and materials.
  • Principles of construction site management.

Ability to:

Building Inspector II
The above, plus:
  • Independently inspect construction for compliance with applicable codes.
  • Independently identify building code compliance requirements and make appropriate recommendations for corrective actions.
  • Independently ensure code compliance at the plan check level.
  • Apply applicable codes to identify and resolve varying issues.

Willingness to:

Travel to various sites within the City


Possession and continued maintenance of a valid class C California driver's license and a safe driving record.

Building Inspector II: Possession, at time of hire, and continued maintenance of ICC Certifications: Residential Building Inspector (B1), Commercial Building Inspector( B2), Residential Electrical Inspector (E1), Residential Plumbing Inspector (P1), and Residential Mechanical Inspector (M1).


College coursework in Building Inspection Technology
Green Building Professional Certification for the Building Inspector II

Application and Selection Process

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a City of Sunnyvale employment application and responses to the supplemental questions to the Department of Human Resources. This position is open continuous and may close at any time. The application review will be on Monday, December 13, 2021. (postmarks or faxes are not accepted).

Candidates are asked to fully describe any training, education, experience, or skills relevant to this position. Electronic applications may be submitted online through the City's employment page at and click on CITY JOBS or application materials may be submitted to the Department of Human Resources, 505 West Olive Avenue, Suite 200, Sunnyvale, CA 94086. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Candidates invited to the oral exam will be required to submit a copy of their current DMV record printout at the time of the oral exam.

Applications will be competitively screened based on the minimum qualifications of this position. Based upon a review of the application materials, the most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the examination process, which may consist of an oral examination scheduled for a date to be determined. (Note: The examination process may be changed as deemed necessary by the Director of Human Resources).

Candidates who receive a passing score on the examination will be placed on an eligibility list for up to one year, in accordance with the City's Civil Service Rules and Administrative Policies.

Top candidates on the eligibility list will be invited to participate in a selection interview with the hiring department.

Any candidate selected by the hiring department will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, which may consist of a background history check as well as a medical exam(s) administered by a City-selected physician(s) before hire. Prior to starting work, all newly-hired employees will be fingerprinted to check conviction history. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose conviction history will result in refusal of employment or termination. Positions which are covered by the Department of Transportation regulations are required to submit to a pre-employment drug test and to random drug and alcohol testing.

Individuals receiving offers of employment are required to provide either proof of a completed COVID-19 vaccination or receipt of a negative COVID-19 test within 7 calendar days prior to their start date. Individuals receiving offers of

employment from the City who do not comply with this policy will have their offer of employment rescinded.

Any successful candidate selected by the hiring department will be required to submit proof of education (i.e., original copy of the diploma or college/university transcripts).

Positions in this job classification are represented by the Sunnyvale Employees Association (SEA).

The information contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

The City of Sunnyvale is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the City of Sunnyvale not to discriminate against all qualified applicants or employees on the basis of actual or perceived race, religion (including religious dress or grooming practice), color, sex (includes gender, pregnancy, childbirth, medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, breastfeeding or medical conditions related to breastfeeding), gender identity and/or gender expression, sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality), ethnic or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, uniformed service member status, marital status, family relationship, age, cancer or HIV/AIDS related medical condition, genetic characteristics and/or genetic information, and physical or mental disability. Applicants needing special accommodations for testing should submit a request to the Department of Human Resources at time of application.

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