Building Inspector

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Position Description

DEPARTMENT: Development Department                                            

REPORTS TO: Building Official


SALARY: $20.12 – $30.16 DOQ



Under general supervision, responsible for a variety of tasks associated with technical building inspection work including enforcement of building codes, regulations and ordinances for both residential and commercial construction. Position requires specialized knowledge of departmental operations and is characterized by complex and varied duties which may involve different and unrelated processes and methods requiring varied knowledge and abilities and/or a broad range of skills.  This is a technical position in the Development Department that will be required to handle activities of the department including inspections as well as: issuance of permits, processing of development-related applications, inquiries related to building, planning and zoning and code enforcement activities.  This is a highly visible public contact position that requires exceptional customer service skills in dealing with gaining closure on issues and in dealing with stressful personal contact situations. This position will deal with customers, utilize the City’s technical computerized applications, and must be knowledgeable of accepted office procedures and etiquette.  This position is multi-functional and individuals in this classification will be cross-trained to provide assistance to each other.


The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the major tasks performed within this 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 duties are a logical assignment to the position. Specific tasks on a day to day basis will reflect the overall areas of expertise for this position.

  • Inspect residential and commercial structures, assessors, and/or installation of plumbing, electrical, gas systems and mechanical equipment for compliance with state and local codes, laws and ordinances.
  • Enforce compliance with applicable codes, ordinances and regulations; recommend modifications and adjustments as necessary.
  • Inspect existing residential and commercial structures for change of use, occupancy, or compliance with applicable codes and ordinances.
  • Prepares violation notifications and prepares and presents code violation cases to code enforcement board and civil court when applicable.
  • Assists in all aspects of the development review process.
  • Confer with architects, contractors, builders and the general public; explain and interpret requirements and restrictions of adopted codes and ordinances.
  • Receive calls and answer questions about permits and code requirements; direct inquiries as necessary relating to residential and commercial construction.
  • Retrieve permit information from the computer; verify legal data including owners, tax records, and other data needed to issue permits.
  • Maintains database files and reports regarding inspection activities and findings on all active projects.
  • Testify in court as necessary.
  • Conduct pre-construction meeting with architects, engineers and contractors to explain code and local regulations as related to new project construction.
  • Investigate and resolve public complaints; determine compliance with state, City codes, laws and ordinances; recommend appropriate actions.
  • Assist in training other building inspectors and related staff as appropriate.
  • Available for rotating emergency after hour inspections.
  • Performs related work as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations.
  • Knowledge of complex principles and techniques of building inspection and principles of structural design and construction-related math.
  • Knowledge of construction safety standards; materials, means and methods, for commercial, industrial and residential buildings and structures.
  • Skill in organizing daily inspections, inspection files and test reports.
  • Skill in detecting code violations within all required building construction.
  • Ability to read and interpret construction plans, diagrams, blueprints and specifications.
  • Knowledge of OSHA construction safety requirements.
  • Competency in utilizing permitting software applications.
  • Knowledge and proficiency in MS Office applications and use of modern business equipment.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing and deal with a variety of people in different situations courteously, tactfully and efficiently.
  • Knowledge of accepted office procedures and etiquette.


A minimum high school diploma or GED. Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution in construction management, or related field is preferred.  Five years experience in the construction industry including both experience with residential and commercial buildings.


Must have a valid Florida drivers’ license.  Ability to operate a motor vehicle.  Must possess a One and Two Family Dwelling Inspector license or the ability to obtain one within one year from date of hire. State of Florida Standard Inspector license issued by Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation under chapter 468 of the Florida Statutes and one of the following Commercial licenses: Building, Mechanical, Plumbing or Electrical preferred.  Every New Port Richey employee is required to fill out a Disaster Response Survey and is subject to being required to report to work during a declared disaster.


Physical Ability:

Requires work that involves field investigations, walking or standing some of the time and routine keyboard operations. The job risks exposure to dirt, air contaminants, confined spaces, low lighting, sloped/uneven surfaces, temperature extremes and working at heights.  The job requires normal visual acuity, and field of vision, hearing, speaking, color perception, sense of smell, depth perception, and texture perception. Ability to stand and sit for periods longer than 30 minutes but not to exceed four hours consecutively.  Ability to climb stairs and ladders occasionally to perform inspection duties.  Ability to lift items not exceeding 50 pounds, occasionally.  Ability to operate tools and safety equipment required to perform inspection duties and tasks.

Sensory Requirements:

Ability to hear, speak and understand conversation in English in various tones of voice, as well as accents or rapidly spoken in order to be able to do job.  Ability to see, read, and comprehends letters, numbers, words, characters or symbols, which are both large and small.  Ability to print and draw letters, numbers, words, characters and symbols which are legible and understood by others.  Ability to learn complex tasks and remember how to complete tasks without assistance once trained.


Ability to deal with stress related to routine deadlines and occupational problems, which demand immediate attention.  Necessity to multi-task successfully. Ability to accept decisions made by others that may be in opposition of own views. Ability to deal with customers, both internal and external, in a tactful manner.

Applications can be emailed to, faxed to 727-853-1043 or sent/dropped off to 5919 Main St, New Port Richey, FL 34652   EOE/DFWP

The City of New Port Richey is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity guidelines and the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of New Port Richey provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.