Polk County


Building Inspector

Bartow, Florida

Bartow , FL

Order: 77025

Order Type : Direct Hire

CODE 0215





Pay Ranges:

Building Inspector I: $19.90/hr. - $29.75/hr. ($41,392.00 - $61,880.00/annually)

Shift: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (40 Hours/Week)

Location: 330 W. Church St. Bartow, FL 33831

Health Benefits Package, Including Paid Holidays

Must have the physical, developmental, and mental ability to perform job tasks, work efforts, responsibilities, and duties of the job illustrated. The job description herein

provides for the range of duties to be performed for this position. It is not intended to reflect all duties that are required within this position.


A Building Inspector I performs construction inspections on development projects, in accordance with relevant state and local codes, standards, approved plans, and manufacturer specifications and requirements. He or she plays an important role in ensuring that approved development is safe and meets the standards of the Florida Building Code.


Technical Abilities

  • Conducts field inspections and re-inspections, if necessary, in accordance with county procedures and the adopted codes and standard in licensed disciplines.

  • Prepares written lists of violations and departures from approved plans and/or manufacturer specifications/requirements.

  • Inspects mobile/manufactured structure installations for compliance with manufacturers requirements and state guidelines, as appropriate.

  • Posts stop work orders, as directed, for unpermitted work.

  • Enters inspection results and comments into county-issued laptops using the appropriate permitting and inspections software.

  • Interprets and enforces the Florida Building Code and other relevant codes and ordinances.

Customer Relations

  • Effectively communicates with property owners and contractors about inspection findings.

  • Regularly communicates with plans examiners, other county divisions, and external agencies to provide coordinated responses to customers.

Other Duties

  • Prepares daily route to inspection sites using traditional and web-based maps, as well as GPS technology.

  • Communicates with supervisors about field inspections in which assistance is required.

  • May be required to provide damage assessment assistance to the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) during times of emergency.


  • Knowledge of construction codes, standards, and ordinances.

  • Knowledge of principles, practices, and techniques used in building construction industry.

  • Ability to read and interpret construction plans and specifications.

  • Ability to exercise high level of judgment in evaluating situations and making decisions.

  • Ability to perform in all weather and environmental conditions.

  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with external and internal customers.

  • Ability to use mobile office equipment such as cell phones, laptops, mobile printers, GPS equipment, and Wi-Fi enabling software.

  • Ability to use basic computer software, such as word processing and spreadsheets.

  • Knowledge of or ability to learn specialized software related to electronic permitting, plans review, and inspections.

  • Ability to perform job effectively and efficiently during times of high volume construction activity.

  • Ability to see colors, hear sounds at a normal level, and perform tasks that require eye and hand coordination.

  • Ability to write clear and concise reports and complete forms accurately.


  • Graduate of an accredited high school or possess an acceptable equivalency diploma and have a minimum of five (5) years of experience in the building construction profession or trades.

  • Must have a valid drivers license and be able to secure a valid Florida Drivers license at the time of employment for this position.

  • Must have written approval from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation to sit for a building code inspector exam.


  • Immediately upon employment, the selected candidate has ninety (90) days to obtain provisional certification as: (1) a One and Two Family Dwelling Inspector or (2) a Building, Commercial Electrical, Plumbing or Mechanical Inspector from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). Failure to obtain a provisional certification within ninety days may be cause for termination.

  • The provisional certification must be converted to a standard license within the time allowed by the DBPR. Failure to acquire and maintain a standard license within the time allowed by the DBPR may be cause for termination.


  • Polk County reserves the right to give special preference to those qualified applicants who are licensed in specialty trades for which the County has the most need at the time of position posting.

  • Bilingual (Spanish and English).


  • All Polk County employees are eligible to participate in the benefits package, which includes health, vision, dental, life insurance, long-term disability coverage, annual and sick leave, paid holidays, pension, and deferred compensation plans.

  • In addition, Building Inspectors also receive a County-issued vehicle for travel to and from job sites, cell phone, laptop, membership in appropriate professional organizations, reimbursement for trade certifications, and registration for training, workshops, and continuing education courses.

  • Our inspectors are guaranteed a minimum 40-hour work week. This position is eligible for overtime pay when deemed necessary by supervisors.

  • Travel is limited to within the County, unless employee is attending out-of-county training or workshops.

  • Employees may be promoted to higher Building Inspector Levels (II, III, or IV) upon earning additional licenses, as issued by the DBPR, and demonstrating other qualifications in the respective job descriptions.


This position may be required to report for work when a declaration of emergency has been declared in Polk County.