Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Description


The City of Littleton is seeking a Building Inspector.
 
The Building Inspector is responsible for the performance of inspections for commercial, residential and industrial structures to verify compliance with the International Building Codes. 
 
The City of Littleton is a vibrant community south of Denver and is consistently voted as one of America's best small cities. Home to a charming and historic downtown, a variety of shopping venues, restaurants, parks and trails, there is a lot to offer to the wonderful people who live and work here. The City of Littleton offers outstanding benefits and perks to our employees, such as:

  • Generous leave including
    • 16 days (128 hours) paid vacation leave annually during the first 5 years of employment, incrementally increasing after 5 years
    • 12 days (96 hours) paid sick leave
    • 9.5 paid holidays, PLUS 40 hours of floating holiday annually
  • Flexible work schedules
  • Comprehensive health and retirement benefits including:
    • A zero deductible health plan with low cost premiums, including a dedicated employee clinic blocks away from Littleton Center that is 100% FREE for enrolled employees and dependents, including FREE prescriptions
    • Zero cost (no premium) dental and vision for employees
    • Retirement benefits with employer matching on 401a and 457 plans
 
The City of Littleton believes in attracting and retaining the best talent and our strategies include hiring in at or above market pay and career development opportunities.  In addition to your application, please submit a cover letter that describes why you are the best candidate for this position and the City of Littleton.
 
Appointments may be made at the Building Inspector I, II, or III level depending on qualifications, department needs and budget availability. Levels are distinguished by additional experience and certifications obtained (see Minimum Qualifications below).
 
Starting pay for these positions is at or near $27.20 - $35.69 per hour, based on level.
 
Candidates are encouraged to submit materials as soon as possible. Although this posting will remain open until filled it may close once a qualified pool has been established. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

 

  • Operates a City vehicle and conducts daily building inspections at construction sites. 
  • Provides the builder or contractor representative with a written inspection report (acceptance or deficiency report) and a notice of any corrections necessary and re-inspects construction per appropriate model codes.  Performs field inspections and plan reviews on all permitted projects and verifies that the project is constructed as per the approved plans and conforms to the model building codes.
  • Prepares records of inspection requests and fills out reports for field inspectors.  Inputs inspections information into computer.
  • Prepares a daily work schedule and maintains a daily inspection log of activities and enters inspection activities into computer records.
  • Issues stop work orders on projects that require but lack a building permit and tracks orders after issuance.
  • Reviews construction plans for compliance with applicable building codes and may assist with issuance of building permits, as required.
  • Answers questions by telephone and in person regarding the technical requirements of the appropriate model codes from builders, contractors, subcontractors, individual homeowners, and other customers.
  • Assists customers and visitors at the service counter that include builders, contractors, subcontractors, homeowners, general public, and City staff members.
  • Explains laws, ordinances, and adopted codes to builders, contractors, design professionals, property owners, and the general public and member of City staff.
  • Communicates with angry and/or uncooperative citizens and contractors, and; works with builders and the public to resolve problems and deescalate appropriately.
  • Prepares letters to customers regarding model code requirements and inspection results.
  • Schedules courtesy appointments with citizens at their property concerning any code requirements or construction practices that pertain to property or projects.
  • Coordinates work with other departments that include engineering, planning, zoning, landscaping, fire, business and industry, police, and streets.
  • May serve as an Emergency Worker.
  • Performs similar duties and projects as required.

Minimum Qualifications


Building Inspector I

  1. Requires high school diploma, or GED, and
  2. A minimum of one (1) year of previous work experience in building inspection, construction plans design, review, or inspection; construction or an inspection-related position, or
  3. An equivalent combination of education, formal training, and work experience that produces the knowledge, skill, and ability to perform the essential duties/responsibilities of the position.
  4. Requires at the time of hire possession of an ICC (International Code Council) Residential Building Inspector Certification (B1) or Commercial Building Inspector certification (B2) OR; an active State of Colorado Master Plumber's license, OR; an active State of Colorado Master Electrician's license
  5. In addition to one of the certifications or licenses in #4 above required at the time of hire, one (1) of the following additional certifications are required within twelve (12) months of hire for a total of two (2) different certifications and/or licenses:
    • B1 Residential Building Inspector or B2 Commercial Building Inspector OR:
    • M1 Residential Mechanical Inspector or M2 Commercial Mechanical Inspector OR:
    • P1 Residential Plumbing Inspector or P2 Commercial Plumbing Inspector
  6. Obtaining a 2nd certification within 12 months is a condition of employment
  7. Requires possession of a valid Colorado Driver's license appropriate for the type of vehicle to be operated.
 
Building Inspector II
  • High School Diploma, or GED and, 
  • Three (3) years of municipal inspection or plans examination experience required, or
  • An equivalent combination of qualification and experience to perform the essential duties of the position may be considered.
  • Requires possession of the certifications and/or licenses required for Building Inspector I position AND an additional two (2) of the following certifications for a total of four (4) different certifications and/or licenses upon hire):
    • B1 Residential Building Inspector or B2 Commercial Building Inspector OR;
    • M1 Residential Mechanical Inspector or M2 Commercial Mechanical Inspector OR;
    • P1 Residential Plumbing Inspector or P2 Commercial Plumbing Inspector
  • Requires possession of a valid Colorado Driver's License.
 
 
Building Inspector III
  • High School Diploma, or GED and, 
  • Five (5) years of municipal inspection or plans examination experience required, or
  • An equivalent combination of qualification and experience to perform the essential duties of the position may be considered.
  • Requires possession of the B1 Residential Building Inspector Certification and B2 Commercial Building Inspector Certification or B5 Building Inspector Certification AND at least an additional three (3) of the following certifications for a total of five (5) different certifications and/or licenses upon hire):
    • M1 Residential Mechanical Inspector or M2 Commercial Mechanical Inspector OR;
    • P1 Residential Plumbing Inspector or P2 Commercial Plumbing Inspector OR;
    • B3 Building Plans Examiner OR;
    • M3 Mechanical Plans Examiner OR;
    • P3 Plumbing Plans Examiner OR;
    • 77 Commercial Energy Inspector OR;
    • 78 Commercial Energy Plans Examiner or 79 Residential Energy Inspector/Plans Examiner
  • Requires possession of a valid Colorado Driver's License.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

 

  • Expert knowledge of and the ability to read and interpret construction plans and blueprints; reads, understands, and effectively interprets model codes in order to determine compliance of proposed and actual construction with the requirements of the applicable uniform model codes.
  • Expert interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills; the ability to effectively interact and communicate with individuals of diverse backgrounds and the ability to deescalate as appropriate.
  • Expert knowledge of applicable model International codes, including but not limited to, the Building, Mechanical and Plumbing Code; the National Electric Code; and the ability to apply this knowledge while reviewing planned (blueprint or sketch) construction and inspecting actual construction.
  • Ability to operate the following equipment and machines as demonstrated by previous work experience, pre-employment testing, or demonstrated on-the-job performance:  personal computer; telephone; photocopier, fax; typewriter; assigned City vehicle with two-way radio; and extension ladders.
  • Basic knowledge of principles of government regulation and the ability to read, interpret, apply, and communicate the requirements of selected provisions of the City charter, and applicable regulations to perform the essential duties of the position.
 
WORKING ENVIRONMENT & PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES:
 
  • Physical activities include frequently lifting, pushing, pulling and carrying objects weighing up to 50 pounds with or without assistance
  • The majority of the work is performed outdoors that includes exposure to adverse weather conditions; unprotected noise exposure up to 130 decibels (use of protective hearing devices is mandatory during construction inspections in close proximity to gasoline engine or electric powered tools and equipment to reduce noise exposure to permissible OSHA exposure levels); exposure to construction equipment and debris, fumes, odors, dusts, mechanical and electrical hazards; poor ventilation; exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals including acids and solvents.  Use of eye protection is mandatory for all work inspections in proximity to gasoline engine or electric powered tools and equipment and other work inspection activities presenting eye injury hazards such as hammering, sawing, and spraying.  Works in low and bright light conditions; requires near and far vision acuity and depth perception.

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