Code Enforcement Inspector I/II
City of San Jose - San Jose, CA

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The Department of Planning, Building, and Code Enforcement currently has six vacancies in its Code Enforcement Division. The Division is looking for self-motivated individuals with solid experience working in an inspection, regulatory, or enforcement environment, strong interpersonal skills, and a commitment to continuous improvement. In addition, the successful candidate may be required to work a flexible schedule that may include working in the evening or on weekends. Applicants with bilingual skills are encouraged to apply.

The duties for this position include but are not limited to:
  • Performs a variety of inspection, investigative, and enforcement duties in relation to housing, building construction and environmental codes, zoning, land use, solid waste facilities, signs, health and safety, and state, federal, and municipal regulations and other laws, rules, and regulations as assigned.
  • Performs inspections of a complex nature and complaint investigations involving single-family and multiple dwelling and other related facilities.
  • Participates in the inspection and enforcement of solid waste facilities including sanitary landfills and transfer stations.
  • Ascertains and gathers facts related to applicable ordinances, codes, laws, rules, and regulations and determines and institutes proper action to be taken.
  • Explains, interprets, and makes presentations of ordinances, codes, laws, rules, and regulations to citizens, groups, agencies, businesses, and other entities.
  • Works with a variety of individuals and other entities, including citizens, business owners, homeowner groups, City, county and state offices and special districts.
  • Issues citations on misdemeanors and code infractions. Researches and prepares cases for prosecution and testifies in court.
  • Evaluates housing conditions and performs condemnation proceedings when necessary.
  • Persuade compliance by expressing oneself clearly, forcefully, and accurately.
  • Prepares reports and correspondence for review and approval by supervisor.
Minimum Qualifications

Education: Two (2) years of undergraduate course work from an accredited college or university (equivalent to 60 semester units or 90 quarter units).

For Code Enforcement Inspector I, two (2) years of experience dealing with the public in enforcement, inspection, investigation, or customer service in a case management environment.

For Code Enforcement Inspector II, two (2) years of experience performing code enforcement, building, housing, or environmental inspections for a public agency - OR- International Code Council (ICC) Certification in any inspection discipline OR - registration as a Environmental Health Specialist in California.

Acceptable substitutions for Code Enforcement Inspector I: Four (4) years journey level experience in the building construction trades can substitute for both the education and experience requirements, OR minimum of two (2) years of undergraduate course work from an accredited college or university (equivalent to 60 semester units or 90 quarter units) and six (6) months experience enforcing codes and ordinances relating to housing, building, environment, or health and safety.

License/Certificate: Possession of a valid driver's license authorizing operation of a motor vehicle in California.

Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San José will not prepare or file a labor condition application with the Department of Labor.

Background Check: Candidates will be required to undergo a background check, including a criminal history records check, before being considered for a position.


The ideal candidate will possess the most desirable combination of training, skills and experience, as demonstrated in past and current employment history; desirable competencies for this position include:

Job Expertise-Demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable and professional/technical principles and practices; Citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations.

Communication Skills- Communicates and listens effectively and responds in an effective, positive and respectful manner; demonstrates comprehension of oral and written questions, instructions, and information rapidly, thoroughly, and accurately.

Conflict Management- Recognizes differences of opinion, brings them out into the open for discussion, and looks for win-win solutions; uses appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to reduce tension or conflict between two or more people.

Customer Service- Demonstrates the ability to anticipate customers' needs and deliver services and respond to customers in a timely, accurate, courteous, respectful and friendly manner; demonstrates ownership, attention to detail, and follow-thru effectively and efficiently.

Decision Making- Makes timely and sound decisions; identify and understands issues, problems, and opportunities.

Problem Solving- Approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; determines the significance of problems.

Team Work & Interpersonal Skills- Dealings with fellow employees, subordinates, supervisors, citizens, personnel from other departments and agencies are characterized by fairness, courtesy, diplomacy, honesty, firmness, empathy, and confidence.

Selection Process

The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's training and experience based on information contained in the application/resume and answers to the job-specific questions. Only the candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will proceed to the next phase in the recruitment process, which may include a test and written assessment.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.

Submission of a resume is optional. However, submission of a resume in lieu of completing the education and work experience sections on the application will constitute an incomplete application and it may be withheld from further consideration.


You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific questions in the online application process:

1.Do you have at least two (2) years of undergraduate course work from an accredited college or university with an emphasis in Administration of Justice, Public Health, Public Administration, Political Science, Sociology, Biological Science, or closely related field? If yes, what was your emphasis and did you receive your degree?

2. Do you have two (2) or more years of experience in dealing with the public in enforcement, inspection or investigation? Please provide a description of an incident, how you handled the incident and the outcome of the incident.

3. Do you have two (2) years of experience performing code enforcement, building, housing, or environmental inspections for a public agency? Please provide a description of an incident, how you handled the incident and the outcome of the incident.

4. Do you have four (4) years experience in building construction, planning, fire prevention, housing inspections, or as an attorney or paralegal? If yes, please explain.

5. Do you possess any of the following? International Code Council (ICC) certification in any inspection discipline; California Environmental Health Specialist registration; Environmental Compliance Inspector Grade I certificate

6. Do you possess a current valid driver's license?

You must answer all job-specific questions and complete all sections in the on-line application (including education and work experience) in order to be considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration. If you have questions, comments or concerns about the recruitment, selection or hiring process, please contact Lupe Rodarte at (408) 975-1457 or by e-mail at

Employee Unit

Employees in this classification are represented by Municipal Employee's Federation (MEF), AFSCME, Local No. 101.

If your online application was successfully submitted, you will receive an automatic confirmation email to the email address you provided. If you do not receive the confirmation, please email and we will research the status of your application.

Physical Requirements

Ability to perform the essential physical functions of this position will be determined by a post-offer medical examination conducted by City of San Jose Employee Health Services.

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