Building Inspector III - PBES

  • Napa County
  • Napa, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Building and Safety Code Enforcement and Inspections Construction and Skilled Trades
  • Salary: $88,545.60 - $106,308.80 Annually USD

Job Description

The Napa Valley

The Napa Valley, internationally known for its fine wines, exciting restaurants and world-class resorts, is home to 140,000 residents who share a strong sense of community and a legacy of preserving and protecting our rich agricultural heritage.

Located in the heart of California's preeminent wine region, the Napa Valley is also part of the dynamic San Francisco Bay Metropolitan Area. With its sunny Mediterranean climate and proximity to the mountains and ocean, the Valley offers residents easy access to virtually unlimited shopping, dining, cultural and recreational opportunities.

The Napa Valley's strategic location, natural and cultural resources, history of responsible land use planning and attractive quality of life provide the ideal mix of small town living and big city amenities.
County of Napa as an Employer

The County of Napa is a highly respected employer within the local community as well as throughout the region. We offer rewarding and challenging work, flexible hours, competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefits package and tremendous opportunities for career growth. At the County of Napa we truly value our employees and are committed to diversity in our family-oriented environment. This is why we are the Employer of Choice for more than 1,400 employees.

As an organization, the County is dedicated to improving the lives of our citizens and reflecting the best of the community's values: Respect, Accountability, Dedication, Integrity and Innovation.

The Position
This position is located in the Planning, Building & Environmental Services Department.
The department may choose to fill these vacancies at the I, II, or III level, depending upon the qualifications of the applicant pool.

An incumbent in this classification series inspects a variety of buildings and structures being constructed, altered, or repaired for compliance with codes and regulations; and enforces building codes and other applicable laws and ordinances.

Telework Availability -Teleworking is not permitted during the first six (6) months of employment and/or during the first six (6) months of a probationary period. Should teleworking be permitted by a hiring department after the 6 month requirement, the County supports a telework schedule that consists of a maximum of two (2) days per week.

1. This recruitment will be open until filled. The first review of applications will be on May 18, 2022.

2. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have their supplemental responses scored by subject matter experts the week of May 23, 2022.

3. Oral Panel Interviews are tentatively scheduled to take place in May, 2022. At the discretion of the hiring department. Only the most qualified candidates from the interview process will be placed on the eligibility list and may be considered to fill positions for up to one year.

The Human Resources Department reserves the right to change the recruitment process at any time.
Example of Duties

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Perform the full range of building inspections; inspect buildings and structures in all stages of construction, alteration, and repair to ensure compliance with applicable code requirements and approved plans in residential, industrial, business and public buildings; conduct enforcement investigations of non-permitted work and/or substandard buildings; prepare violation and "Stop Work" notices, and related documents; provide follow-up on violation notices; review and approve plans for violation corrections; prepare reports and assemble case packages for forwarding to the District Attorney's Office; testify in resultant court proceedings; enforce and provide interpretations of State building, plumbing, mechanical and electrical codes and local ordinances; read and interpret building plans approved for construction to ensure compliance, accuracy and conformity with State and County codes and ordinances; consult with contractors, architects and engineers on questions relating to interpretations of the code; train and assist other inspectors in non-structural and structural plan checking for residential and the smaller less complex commercial and industrial buildings; conduct final inspections of completed work and draft Certificates of Occupancy authorizing use of approved structures and installations; assist the general public, contractors, and builders at the counter, on the telephone, or in the field by providing information regarding building construction and codes; collect and provide data to Field Inspection Supervisor for preparation of reports; prepare written reports; maintain logs and other records of work; receive plans at the counter submitted for review to determine completeness; may complete the necessary paperwork to send to other departments; perform plan checking associated with code violations and residential accessory buildings; as needed, process building permit applications, issue building permits and collect fees; work independently and render final decisions, excepting disputed or exceptionally difficult cases that may be referred to the unit supervisor for resolution; serve as unit leader in the absence of the Field Inspection Supervisor; perform related duties as assigned.



Principles and techniques of building inspection, structural design, and engineering mathematics; specialized terminology used in this field.

Laws and regulations affecting the building inspection unit.

Building codes, ordinances, and safety orders enforceable by the County.

Proper methods, materials, and techniques of building construction.

Principles and techniques of supervision.


Apply knowledge and follow proper inspection techniques to examine workmanship and materials, and to detect deviations from plans, codes, local regulations, and standard construction practices.

Read and interpret building plans, diagrams, specifications, and building codes; advise on standard construction methods and requirements.

Apply and enforce all codes and ordinances.

Understand and interpret applicable laws and regulations and recommend appropriate modifications.

Make simple engineering computations and analyses to check building construction computations made by architects and engineers.

Enforce necessary regulations with firmness and tact.

Plan, schedule, prioritize, and assign work; train other staff.

Work with professional architects, engineers, builders, and the general public.

Make decisions in the face of competing interests or goals.

Analyze situations and/or information accurately to facilitate solutions.

Work independently with a minimum of supervision.

Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

Prepare and maintain clear, concise, and comprehensive records and reports utilizing personal computers and other electronic aids.

Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with the public, staff, other agencies and departments.

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

Three years of government agency building inspection experience. (Four years of paid experience as a superintendent of building construction projects which involved the supervision of several of the building trades may be substituted for one year of the required experience.)

Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade. Course work in building or construction inspection at an accredited college or university is highly desired.

License or Certificate*:
Incumbents must be certified as a Building Inspector and have Combination Residential and Commercial Building Inspector Certifications from the International Code Council (ICC), or must have the equivalent legacy certification. Alternatively, an applicant with three or more years of experience as a government agency building inspector performing duties equivalent to the Building Inspector II and possessing ICC Combination Residential Certification may, within eighteen months of hire or promotion, obtain commercial certifications in building, electrical, mechanical and plumbing specialties from the ICC. Failure to obtain the required certifications by the end of the probationary period could result in reduction in classification, extension of probation and/or release from probation.

Plans Examiner and/or DSA CASp certification is desirable.

Possession of a valid California Driver's License.

*Any license, certification, or registration required for this position shall be maintained (i.e. active and in good standing) at all times during employment with Napa County. For continued employment with Napa County, you must maintain such license, certification, or registration to meet the minimum qualifications of this position.

ADA Accommodation:
Applicants requiring accommodation during the application and/or selection process pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act should contact County of Napa Human Resources at (707) 253-4303.

Napa County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Salaries are based on a five-step range. Appointments are usually made at the beginning step with advances occurring at six months and the completion of each year thereafter. Salary rates are reviewed annually.

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Certain designated County positions require a candidate to pass a physical examination prior to appointment. Offers of employment are conditional upon successful completion of this examination.

All employees hired into allocated positions or extra help positions will be fingerprinted.


FOR POSITIONS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND THE PROBATION DEPARTMENT - The selection process will include an oral board interview, psychological assessment, background investigation, and a pre-employment physical exam.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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