Job Description

Overall Job Objective


The City of Littleton is hiring for an experienced and certified Chief Building Official.  The Chief Building Official (CBO) is part of the Community Development leadership team and manages the City's permit center, building inspectors and plans examiners.  In this capacity, the CBO plans, organizes, and directs all building and construction activities concerning compliance with building and safety ordinances within the city.  The CBO is the staff representative to the Building Board of Appeals and manages all meetings, hearings, cases, and inquiries associated with this board.  The CBO works closely with the South Metro Fire Rescue Authority and ensures the Divisions' capability to provide 24-hour per day, 365-day per year  emergency response upon request from SMFA.
The CBO will have a key role in upcoming projects including: amendment and adoption of 2018 International Building Codes; rewrite of the Littleton zoning codes; Design the Future continuous improvement program implementation; Priority-Based Budgeting programs; adoption of user fees; training and career development of employees; and development and implementation of departmental and divisional policy and procedure documents.

  • Starting salary at or near $113,816
  • Range for this position is $93,884-$133,747

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.

This recruitment is open until filled and interviews will be scheduled as a qualified pool is established. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Interprets building codes, makes final professional and technical determinations for building permit issuance;
  • Directs all building inspections including plan reviews; develops, recommends, and implements new or revised building codes; oversees the issuance of building permits; and oversees the maintenance of all necessary records concerning construction within the city;
  • Organizes plan review, building inspection services and issuance of permits, including coordination of day to day services through the Permit Center;
  • Monitors and assists in the plan review and permit issuance process; monitors the field inspection permit process; 
  • Serves as a technical advisor to the City Manager, City Council, Housing Authority, and the Director and Deputy Director of Community Development;
  • Prepares ordinances and staff reports; makes presentations to the Council as needed.
  • Investigates and resolves disputes, complaints and inquiries;
  • May conduct field inspections and plan reviews if needed;
  • Assesses permit project valuations and permit fees, including developing and recommending permit fee adjustments;
  • Assists with preparation and administration of the yearly budget for the Building and Code Enforcement Division;
  • Administers the annual division budget to ensure effective expenditure of allocated funds;
  • Evaluates all building codes and determines applicability to the city.   Suggests building code changes and modifications, as needed;
  • Administers or makes recommendations for routing personnel matters including recruiting, interviewing, hiring, scheduling, granting leave, and disciplining subordinate employees;
  • Studies code and technical manuals to keep abreast of technical developments and trade practices.  Recommends and implements protocols to keep current with new methods; identifies additional training needs;
  • Establishes policies and procedures including hours of operation and employee schedules for the Division;
  • Attends public hearings and meetings as required to share information on current policies and procedures;
  • Provides assistance to homeowners when contractors fail to complete work;
  • The Building Official shall act as secretary to the city's Building Board of Appeals;
  • Prepares or directs the preparation of complaints for legal action against violators of building codes and local ordinances.  Testifies in court as needed;
  • Troubleshoots issues identified by applicants, citizens, contractors and design professional or those identified on permit applications;
  • May serve as an Emergency Worker; and
  • Performs other similar assignments and projects as required.
  • Selects, trains, and evaluates personnel; assigns, and directs work; addresses complaints and resolves issues;
  • Manages employee performance through meaningful, timely feedback and appraisals; and
  • Mentors inspectors and permit techs, encouraging professional and leadership development.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Associates or Bachelor's Degree in Construction Management or similar field preferred and,
  • Five (5) years' experience as a municipal Building Inspector or Plan Examiner and at least 2 years of experience in a municipal supervisory building code related position.
  • Additionally, the following certifications are required upon hire:
    • ICC Certified Building Official Certification
    • Certification by the International Code Council as a Residential Building Inspector B1 and Commercial Building Inspector B2, or as a Building Inspector (B5); and
    • Three (3) additional code-related certifications from the International Code Council.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Requires an expert knowledge of state and national statutes and building codes related to codes and construction;
  • Requires an expert knowledge of environmental code enforcement practices and procedures;
  • Requires expert knowledge of building construction techniques and the major types of construction and the ability to interpret plans, diagrams, blueprints, and specifications to perform essential job functions;
  • Requires an expert knowledge of City codes;
  • Requires advanced skills and abilities that involve entering data into various software formats such as spreadsheets, databases, and word processing.
  • Requires advanced skills and abilities with operating a personal computer.
  • Requires advanced ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with developers, architects, engineers, contractors, homeowners, and employees;
  • Requires expert ability to enforce codes and regulations in a firm, tactful, and impartial manner;
  • Requires advanced ability to develop a plan for organizing multiple tasks, setting deadlines, and preparing for future events;
  • Requires strong budgeting skills and abilities;
  • Ability to communicate verbally and non-verbally in a professional and effective manner.
  • Ability to translate verbal communication into effective written material; e.g., reports and other documents;
  • Ability to use mathematical reasoning to carry out the regulations and requirements;
  • The majority of the essential duties/activities for the position are performed in a standard indoor office environment; some work is performed outdoors that includes field inspections, site inspections, and travel to meetings and construction sites.  
  • Long periods of sitting, standing or walking may be required.
  • Essential duties include lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling objects weighing up to 25 pounds with or without assistance;
  • The outdoor work environment includes occasional exposure to fumes, odors, dusts, mists, and gases as a result of on-site building construction.

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