Building Inspector

Clermont, Florida
Oct 13, 2016
Oct 26, 2016
Full Time

General Description:

Responsible for performing administrative and technical tasks to ensure the proper inspection of residential and commercial building construction. Inspects structural, electrical, mechanical and plumbing building/development to enforce compliance with established building codes and City ordinances. Reviews construction operations to verify conformity with approved plans and specifications. Enforces all City, state and federal ordinances, laws and regulations to ensure the safety and welfare of the general public. Ensures all interactions with contractors, architects, engineers, property owners and the general public are handled with professional tact and courtesy. Serves as an active partner in community economic development efforts and assists customers in attaining compliance. Works closely with Planning & Zoning and fire plans review staff. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Building Official.

This position is non-exempt. Fair Labor Standards Act overtime provisions will apply.

Per Florida Statute 295.065, certain service members and veterans, and the spouses and family members of the service members and veterans, receive preference and priority in employment by the state and are encouraged to apply.

Primary Duties:


These job functions are not to be construed as a complete statement of all duties performed. Employees may be assigned additional duties by management as deemed necessary. 

  • Performs systematic site inspections of skilled trades work for new and existing construction to ensure compliance with all applicable City, state and federal codes and regulatory requirements in the structural, electrical, mechanical and plumbing trades.
  • Verifies compliance with approved building permits, plans and specifications; reviews and approves workmanship of completed projects.
  • Collaborates with independent contractors and subcontractors, engineers, architects, developers, property owners, homeowner associations, and department administrative support to ensure all required documentation is completed and submitted for approval of requested permits and licenses.
  • Meets with affected parties regarding inspection results; makes recommendations for changes necessary to achieve compliance; follows up to verify that corrections have been made to comply with codes.
  • Issues violation notices and stop work orders; prepares cases for prosecution in the event of non-compliance; testifies in court as necessary.
  • Communicates with the Building Official on structural problems, code issues or regulatory requirements that have not been resolved.
  • Inspects and reports on unsafe buildings.
  • Approves the issuance of building permits in the absence of the Building Official.
  • Maintains thorough and accurate records of inspections and findings.
  • Inputs and retrieves data in permitting database software through office work station or mobile devices.
  • Attends meetings, training, continuing education classes or workshops to enhance job knowledge and skills and to maintain required certifications.
  • Provides friendly, professional support to other City departments.
  • Provides excellent customer service, communicating effectively and courteously with the public and business community.

Minimum Qualifications:

An equivalent combination of higher education and experience may be considered, provided that the education and experience is in a relevant and related field.

  • Two year degree or vocational school education in closely related field.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of related experience.

Licenses, Certifications, and/or Registrations:

  • State certification and licensure as a Standard Inspector (building).
  • State certification and licensure as a Standard Inspector in a minimum of two trades (commercial electric, mechanical, plumbing and residential electric); certification in all trades preferred.
  • State certification and licensure as a Standard Plans Examiner and/or Building Code Administrator, desirable.
  • Valid Florida Driver's License.

Essential Physical Functions & Environmental Conditions:

Essential Physical Functions
The City of Clermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Americans with Disabilities Act requires the City to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss potential accommodations with management. 
Continual light work and occasional heavy work. Requires frequent walking and standing, climbing, stooping, reaching, bending, good finger/hand dexterity and hand/eye coordination, good eyesight, hearing and speech, and regular driving of vehicle.
Environmental Conditions
Works primarily outside, but may work in an environmentally controlled space to complete administrative tasks. Will intermittently work in adverse environmental conditions (e.g., heat, cold, and rain) for moderate periods of time and will be exposed to construction and water/wastewater site hazards, traffic and moving machinery during site inspections. It is essential that the Building Inspector is alert to safety hazards in the field.