Building Inspector
City of Madison, WI - Madison, WI

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This is responsible inspection work within the Building Inspection Division of the Department of Planning and Community & Economic Development. Work involves skilled inspection work and diplomacy to secure compliance with state and local codes covering all phases of new commercial and residential construction, as well as additions, alterations and repairs to existing commercial and residential buildings. This is primarily an independent field position which requires decision-making based on a high degree of technical knowledge of building materials, construction methods and engineering practices.

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities:

Perform field inspections of new buildings (under construction) for compliance with building code, zoning code, and erosion control requirements. Perform systematic field inspections of existing buildings to identify and resolve minimum housing, zoning, heating, electrical, plumbing, structural, and/or fire safety violations. Make investigations of reported building code violations, prepare official notices and reports, and provide testimony in court actions involving non-compliance cases. Investigate fire scenes to determine structural integrity of fire-damaged buildings. Work with property owners, builders, contractors, etc. in order to provide code information and facilitate code compliance. Provide education and code interpretation to designers, builders and contractors of commercial and residential buildings as to regulations, construction methods and standards. Provide public education for design and construction methods to non-professionals. Response to general inquiries regarding codes and their application. Write correction orders on noted violations. Research property records, previous violations, code interpretations, etc. Establish work to be done and time parameters. Perform follow-up inspections to verify corrections. Provide court testimony and related support on non-compliance prosecutions. Check building plans for conformance with code requirements. Develop and maintain accurate records. Participate in plan review and permit issuance process. Verify inter-agency approvals; and issue permits. Participate in various special projects to include data collection; the analysis of code applications/revisions; developing and conducting various informational presentations on code inspection topics. Perform related work as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities :

Thorough knowledge of building design and construction principles, practices, methods and materials. Thorough knowledge of inspection policies, procedures and precedents. Thorough knowledge of applicable codes, standards, and ordinances. Through knowledge of enforcement procedures. Thorough knowledge of and ability to use computer software applicable to the duties of the position. Ability to analyze inspection codes and participate in their revision. Ability to exercise considerable judgment and discretion in carrying out assigned tasks. Ability to develop and convey informational presentations on code/inspection topics. Ability to apply and explain applicable codes and standards and to facilitate compliance. Ability to identify code violations. Ability to read building plans, blueprints and drawings. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Ability to organize work and maintain accurate records. Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships. Ability to defuse confrontational situations, mediate disputes, and recognize dangerous situations. Ability to identify people at risk and refer to appropriate agencies. Ability to maintain adequate attendance.

Training and Experience :

Three years of responsible experience equivalent to that gained as a CEO-2 with the City of Madison. Other combinations of training and/or experience which can be demonstrated to result in the possession of the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the duties of this position will also be considered.

Special Requirements:

State of Wisconsin certification as a Commercial Building Code inspector and State certification for Uniform Dwelling Code Construction prior to the end of the probationary period. Failure to do so will cause the employee to forfeit this position, absent extenuating circumstances.

Possession of a valid driver's license and ability to meet the transportation requirements of the position. Employee must provide their own vehicle and will be reimbursed per union contract.

Physical Requirements

Employees in this classification are required to drive to perform inspections of buildings located throughout the City. Employees must be able to physically access all parts of a building, including the ability to go up and down stairs, crouch and kneel in cramped/confined spaces, climb ladders, walk over uneven terrain, and perform work in all weather conditions.

*The payroll title for this position is Code Enforcement Officer III