Housing Inspector 4243

  • City of Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 29, 2023
Full Time Code Enforcement and Inspections Housing
  • Salary: $100,432.00 - $111,937.00 Annually USD

Job Description


A Housing Inspector inspects residential rental property locations for conformance to the building standards and codes contained in the State Housing Law and Regulations and City of Los Angeles Building Regulations, such as the Los Angeles Municipal Code, relating to the habitability, maintenance, sanitation, ventilation, use, and occupancy of said properties; and investigates code violation complaints and follows through with the code enforcement process by way of prosecution or administrative abatement.


One year of full-time paid experience as an Assistant Inspector III with the City of Los Angeles; or Two years of full-time paid experience in carpentry, masonry, electrical, plumbing or heating following satisfactory completion of a recognized apprenticeship program; or Four years of full-time paid carpentry, masonry, heating, electrical or plumbing craft experience; or Four years of full-time paid experience as a building construction superintendent, general contractor, or supervisor of journey-level craft employees engaged in construction work; or Two years of full-time paid experience as a housing, building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical or combined inspector for a governmental agency; or Two years of full-time paid experience working in the construction trades as a helper to a journey-level craft person; and
a. Completion of a certificate in Construction Inspection or Construction Technology; or

b. Possession of at least an Associate of Arts Degree from an accredited college or university with at least 12 semester or 18 quarter units in any of the following areas: engineering, construction, design, building inspection technology, construction inspection, architectural drafting, civil, mechanical, or electrical engineering technology.

Applicants who lack six months or less of the required experience may file for this examination. However, they cannot be appointed until the full experience requirement is met.A valid California driver’s license is required prior to appointment. Applicants will be disqualified and not eligible for hire if their record within the last 36 months reflects three or more moving violations and/or at-fault accidents, or a conviction of a major moving violation (such as a DUI).Applicants filing under Requirement #2 or Requirement #6 must submit a copy of the corresponding certificate at the time of filing. The copy of the certificate must be attached to the on-line application BEFORE the application is submitted. If the certificate is attached AFTER the on-line application has been submitted, it will not be available to the City and applicants WILL NOT be credited with having submitted it. Applicants who fail to submit the certificate at the time of filing by attaching it to the on-line application will not be considered further in this examination.Upon appointment, a Housing Inspector will be required to furnish an automobile, properly insured, for use in City Service. Mileage will be paid on the basis of established rates.Please note that qualifying education must be from a college or university accredited by a City of Los Angeles recognized agency. A list of approved accrediting agencies can be found at http://per.lacity.org/Accredited%20Institutions%2008-21-08.pdf. Applicants filing under Requirement #6 must list their school name and location, specific course titles, the number of semester or quarter units, and completion dates for each course claimed as qualifying in the text box which will appear in the Supplemental Questions section of the on-line application.Candidates completing the exam process, if applicable, will be contacted by the Personnel Department to provide required proof of qualifying degree and/or coursework. Applicants who wish to expedite this process may attach a copy of their qualifying degree and/or coursework to their on-line application at the time of filing in the Attachments section.

Applications will only be accepted on-line on the dates listed in the “Application Deadline” section of this bulletin. When you are viewing the on-line job bulletin of your choice, simply scroll to the top of the page and select the “Apply” icon. On-line job bulletins are also available at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lacity .


Applicants are urged to apply early to ensure you have time to resolve any technical issues you may encounter.

Applications will only be accepted on-line on the dates listed below:

Filing Period 1: From Friday, March 10, 2023 to Thursday, March 23, 2023

Filing Period 2: From Friday, March 15, 2024 to Thursday, March 28, 2024

The examination may close without prior notice at any time after a sufficient number of applications have been received. Filing periods may change without prior notice or additional dates may be added, as needed, at a later date. For administrative purposes, filing will close periodically and reopen on the dates noted in the “Application Deadline” section of this bulletin.

In accordance with Civil Service Rule 4.2, all applicants who apply may not be tested in this examination. To meet anticipated hiring needs, only a limited number of qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the selection process in the following order: 1) Los Angeles City Promotional applicants who meet the minimum requirements. You must have received a regular appointment to a City position or be on a reserve list to apply for this examination as a promotional candidate; 2) Applicants currently employed by the City of Los Angeles on a part-time or exempt basis who meet the minimum requirements; 3) Remaining applicants who meet the minimum requirements in sufficient numbers to meet hiring needs based on a random sampling of those qualified candidates. Applicants not selected to be tested may re-apply in a subsequent filing period in order to be considered for that period’s selection process.

Examination Weight: Multiple-Choice Test - 100%

The examination will consist entirely of a weighted multiple-choice test administered and proctored on-line. In the on-line multiple-choice test, the following competencies may be evaluated: Reading Comprehension; Judgment and Decision Making; Attention to Detail; Composure; Computer Proficiency; Customer Service; Written Communication; Safety Focus, including knowledge of: safety principles and practices related to working in the field, including required personal protective equipment (PPE), traffic rules, and accident prevention procedures; Job Knowledge, including knowledge of: the City of Los Angeles Municipal Code as it applies to existing buildings, including the Housing Code and portions of the Electrical, Plumbing, and Mechanical Codes; elements of the Fire Code relevant to multi-family dwellings, and fire and life safety issues related to existing residential occupancies; the California Health and Safety Code related to existing residential occupancies; proper inspection procedures for residential rental housing units and surrounding property; and other necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Additional information can be obtained by going to https://per.lacity.org/jobs/job-analyses.cfm and clicking on Competencies under Housing Inspector.

The multiple-choice test will be proctored and administered on-line during a single session. Candidates invited to participate in the on-line multiple-choice test will be able to take the test from a remote location (i.e., their home) using a computer with a webcam and a reliable internet connection. Candidates will receive an e-mail from the City of Los Angeles outlining the dates and specific steps on how to take the multiple-choice test on-line. Candidates who do not complete and submit the remote proctored multiple-choice test on-line using a computer by the specified date and time will not be considered further in this examination.

For candidates who apply during Filing Period 1, it is anticipated that the remote proctored multiple-choice test will be administered between TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2023 and MONDAY, MAY 22, 2023

For candidates who apply during Filing Period 2, it is anticipated that the remote proctored multiple-choice test will be administered between TUESDAY, JUNE 4, 2024 and MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2024.

FAQs for on-line testing are available at https://per.lacity.org/faqs/employment-testing-process.html . Due to COVID-19 and social distancing requirements, only candidates who demonstrate a hardship may be offered the option to take the multiple-choice test onsite at a City facility.


Test dates may be postponed in order to help protect the safety of our candidates and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Candidates will receive an e-mail from the City of Los Angeles Personnel Department if the anticipated test dates are postponed.

This examination is based on a validation study, and as provided by the Civil Service Commission Rule 4.20, the multiple choice will not be subject to candidate inspection.As a covered entity under the Fair Employment and Housing Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and upon request, will provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. To request a disability accommodation, please complete the Disability Accommodation Form within 14 calendar days of the submittal of the City application. The Disability Accommodation Form can be obtained at http://per.lacity.org/exams/verify_disability.pdf .Applications are accepted subject to review to ensure that minimum qualifications are met. Candidates may be disqualified at any time if it is determined that they do not possess the minimum qualifications stated on this bulletin.In conjunction with Civil Service Rules, applicants who have received a regular appointment to a City position or are on a reserve list will be considered Promotional candidates while all other applicants will be considered Open candidates.Seniority credit at the rate of 0.25 of a point for each year of continuous City service will be added to the weighted test score of each promotional candidate.The promotional list will ordinarily be used ahead of the open competitive list. However, if open competitive candidates receive a higher score, without military credits, than the highest available promotional candidate, after adding 0.25 of a point seniority credit for each year of service, the Civil Service Commission, upon request of the appointing authority, may approve certification of such competitive candidates ahead of the promotional candidates.A final average score of 70% or higher is required to be placed on the eligible listYour name may be removed from the open competitive list after 6 months.Your rank on the employment list may change as candidates from other administrations of the examination are merged onto one list.You may take the Housing Inspector multiple-choice test only once every 24 months under this bulletin. If you have taken the Housing Inspector multiple-choice test during an open filing period in the Personnel Department within the last 24 months under this bulletin, you may not file for this examination at this time.In accordance with Civil Service Rule, Sec. 4.24, review periods may be combined. Candidates in the examination process may file protests as provided in Sec. 4.20, 4.22 and 4.23 as applicable and within the required time frame; however, the Personnel Department may respond to and resolve protests prior to the establishment of the eligible listFor candidates seeking initial City employment, in accordance with Los Angeles City Ordinance 187134, information regarding COVID-19 vaccination requirements as conditions of employment may be found at: https://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2021/21-0921_ord_187134_8-24-21.pdf .
Notice :

If you receive and accept an offer of employment to a regular position with the City of Los Angeles, your employee benefit coverage (including health and dental coverage, as well as life insurance) will commence approximately six weeks after your original appointment. Not all positions in the City receive benefit coverage; you should inquire regarding the availability of employee benefits prior to accepting a position. All City employees are required to be Disaster Service Workers.


The City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, creed, color, ancestry, medical condition (cancer), or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.


For additional information and FAQs regarding the City's hiring process, please go to: https://per.lacity.org/faqs/employment-testing-process.html

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