Building Inspector II/III (Open and Promotional)

  • County of San Mateo, CA
  • Redwood City, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Building and Safety Code Enforcement and Inspections Construction and Skilled Trades
  • Salary: $6,628.27 - $10,739.73 Monthly USD

Job Description

Note: This recruitment schedule was amended on January 24, 2022 to extend the Final Filing Date. This recruitment has been changed to "Continuous."

The County of San Mateo Planning & Building Department is seeking well-qualified candidates for the position of Building Inspector .

Under general supervision, Building Inspectors inspect public and private buildings, structures and related installations being constructed, altered or repaired to determine conformance with approved plans and specifications and compliance with applicable laws and ordinances. In addition, Building Inspectors investigate complaints, advise and assist building contractors and property owners on use of materials and building methods, and coordinate inspections with other agencies and organizations. Specific duties include inspection of plumbing, water, gas and electrical work as well as general construction work; preparing reports and maintaining records; processing and issuing permits; and minor plan checking.

Building Inspector I is the trainee level class in the Building Inspector series responsible for learning the tasks and responsibilities involved in the inspection of public and private buildings. This class is distinguished from Building Inspector II/III by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within this series. Employees at this level work under general supervision while learning job tasks, but as experience is gained incumbents work with greater independence and are given more responsible assignments. Work is typically reviewed in progress and upon completion for conformance with established procedures.

Building Inspector II is the journey level class in the Building Inspector series. Employees at this level are capable of working independently and performing a full range of inspections of plumbing, mechanical, electrical and structural work as well as general construction.

Building Inspector III is the advanced level class in the Building Inspector series. This class is distinguished from Building Inspector II by the performance of the full range of more complex and difficult inspection activities. Employees at this level assist in training less experienced inspectors and provide assistance with difficult situations in the field. Positions in this class series are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement based on experience and acceptable work performance.

The ideal candidate will have:
  • At least two years of experience conducting a full range of inspections of buildings and related structures and working in a jurisdiction performing combination field inspections and minor plan reviews.
  • Be well-versed in the area of building construction and safety.
  • Have experience training less experienced inspectors and provide assistance with difficult situations in the field.
  • The ability to analyze and interpret building and zoning codes, ability to determine the scope of grading and erosion control.
  • Knowledge of laws and regulations to resolve complex issues or situations.
  • excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • excellent customer service skills.

In addition, the ideal candidate will have the skill and ability to:
  • Work at indoor and outdoor construction sites at different heights and in confined spaces.
  • Walk on uneven surfaces.
  • Climb into trenches.
  • Work on ladders.

Possession of a Combination Inspector Certification (building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing) from a recognized testing organization, and California Access Specialist (CASp) Certification are highly desirable.

The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.
Examples Of Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Inspect structures being built, repaired or altered for conformance with approved plans and specifications and compliance with applicable laws and ordinances.
  • Inspect plumbing, water and gas lines, gas appliances, electrical services, electrical wiring, motor installations, setbacks, quality of materials used and general construction of buildings.
  • Investigate building code violations; post "stop work" notices on work in progress that does not conform to law; post notices on houses unsafe for occupancy; prepare correction notices; order corrections and improvements.
  • Inspect existing structures for unsafe or substandard conditions; write correction and violation notices; make reinspections.
  • Make final inspections; issue certificates of final inspections; prepare reports of inspections and work completed.
  • Advise builders and property owners on building construction methods and code requirements; advise on building practices; assist with problems and interprets codes; wait on counter, answer phones and write correspondence giving information on codes, general requirements, zoning regulations and inspections.
  • Assist the public by processing permits, receiving fees and writing receipts.
  • Review building plans.
  • Prepare reports and maintain records.
  • Coordinate work with other agencies on code and ordinance provisions and in cooperative efforts to improve housing in deteriorated areas.
  • Maintain surveillance of substandard dwelling units to expedite rehabilitation, abatement, demolition or court action.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.



Building Inspector II/III: Possession of certification from a recognized state, national or international association.

Education and Experience: Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying.

Building Inspector II: One year of experience in conducting a full range of inspections of buildings and related structures.

Building Inspector III: Two years of experience in conducting a full range of inspections of buildings and related structures.

Knowledge of:

Local and state laws, ordinances and codes regulating zoning and building construction; methods and techniques of structural, plumbing, mechanical and electrical phases of building construction; modern building materials, tools and practices; safety and fire prevention methods in building and housing construction; building construction plans and specifications; trades and crafts in the building construction field; seismic principles in building design.

Skill/Ability to:

Interpret, explain and apply laws, codes and regulations; read and interpret building plans and specifications; write clear, comprehensive reports and maintain records; operate computers for word processing and other business applications; establish and maintain effective work relationships with property owners, developers, tenants, building contractors, the general public, government officials, engineers, architects and others; speak effectively; advise on standard dwelling construction methods; make inspections, enforce regulations and detect deviations from approved plans and specifications; detect substandard materials and workmanship; secure compliance with building code requirements; perform difficult building inspections; apply sound judgment in making decisions.

Open & Promotional. Anyone may apply. Current San Mateo County and San Mateo County Superior Court employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help/term position prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination.

Responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.

The examination process will consist of an application screening based on the candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to a panel interview (weight: 100%) . Depending on the number of applications a screening committee may select those applicants whose education and/or experience appear to best meet the needs of the position based solely on the information provided in the application materials. Because of this screening process, all applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the next phase of the examination process. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California and applicants must participate at their own expense.

Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply" button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply.

This is a continuous recruitment which may close at any time. The final filing date will be posted 5 days in advance in the San Mateo County Human Resources Department.

Apply immediately. This recruitment is open on a continuous basis and selections may be made at any time within the process.

Application Filing Deadline: Continuous

The County of San Mateo is a diverse, inclusive workplace, where employees are valued and respected for their different perspectives, experiences, backgrounds and contributions. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Analyst: Sedrick Dixon (01032022) (Building Inspector II/III - J058/J059)

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


Job Address

Redwood City, California United States View Map