Under general direction, the purpose of the position is to inspect structural building/development to enforce compliance with the Florida Building Code, Miami Dade County Codes and other applicable codes and regulations relative to the development of new and existing buildings and structures. Employees in this classification perform at a technical level, and are responsible for reviewing development operations to verify conformity with the approved plans and specifications in their respective trades. Objective is to enforce all local, county, state and federal laws, ordinances and regulations to ensure the safety and welfare of the general public. This position is supervised by the Chief Building Inspector and/or the Building Official.
Illustrative Examples of Essential Duties:
The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within the classification. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position.
- Performs systematic site inspections of skilled trades work for new and existing construction within the city, to ensure compliance with all applicable city, county, state and federal code and regulatory requirements in the building/structural trade.
- Verifies compliance with approved building permits, plans and specifications; reviews and approves work of completed projects.
- Collaborates with independent contractors and subcontractors, engineers, architects, homeowners, and internal administrative support to ensure all required documentation is completed and submitted for approval of requested permits and licenses.
- Reads and interprets blue prints and specifications for construction plans and designs.
- Identifies compliance problems and issues code violations; meet with violators and general public to explain and interpret applicable codes and advises violator of expected time frame to correct infraction; performs re-inspection to determine if corrections have been made to achieve compliance.
- Issues written violations of codes; makes re-inspection to determine if corrections have been made to achieve compliance.
- Reviews, maintains and updates all files, documents, records and reports of inspections activities and findings.
- Communicates with Building Official on any structural problems, code issues or regulatory requirements that have not been resolved.
- Maintains current knowledge of trends and regulatory developments for application to functional areas under charge; attends annual continuing education courses for re-certification.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of current codes and regulatory standards governing the state’s building construction industry in the structural trade/discipline.
- Knowledge of all functions relevant to the processing and approval of building construction projects in the respective trade/discipline e.g., plans review, licensing, permitting, inspections.
- Ability to understand and follow written and oral instructions.
- Ability to provide plans review oversight and recommend/develop modifications as necessary to ensure overall project compliance with applicable codes and regulatory standards.
- Ability to operate basic office equipment, e.g., computer terminals, printers, copy machines, telephone systems, facsimile machines.
- Ability to read, update and maintain various records and files.
- Ability to access, operate and maintain various software applications.
- Ability to clearly communicate information both verbally and in writing.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City employees, departmental staff and management, contractors, engineers, architects and property owners.
- Skill in the review and interpretation of construction project plans, and the technical interpretation of applicable construction codes and regulatory standards.
- Skill in written communications for the effective development and presentation of departmental reports and modifications to established codes and ordinances.
Education and Experience:
- High School Diploma or GED; supplemented by all appropriate certifications for the position in the structural trade/discipline as designated under the provisions of the Florida Building Code; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
- Must have a minimum of 5 years experience in the inspection of High-Rise/Multifamily buildings.
Licenses or Certifications:
- Individual’s sensory modalities (vision and hearing) and physical capabilities (ambulation, strength, coordination, dexterity, range of motion) must be sufficient to perform the Essential Duties of the position.
- Must be a Certified General Contractor, Professional Engineer or Registered Architect in the State of Florida.
- Certification as a Building Inspector in the State of Florida and Miami-Dade County.
- Plan Reviewer certification in the State of Florida desirable.
- Valid Florida Drivers License.
- There is a one-year probationary period.
- It is the responsibility of the incumbent to maintain their licenses and/or certifications as a job requirement.