Building Official

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Position Description

DEPARTMENT: Development Department

REPORTS TO: Development Director


SALARY: $64,480 to $99,840 DOQ



Under general supervision, performs supervisory and administrative duties in building construction regulation to insure public safety and health.  Responsible for a variety of tasks associated with building inspection, plans examining work and permitting.  Enforce building codes, regulations and ordinances for both residential and commercial construction.  This is a highly visible public contact position that requires exceptional customer service skills to promote the City as a customer-friendly environment.


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.

  • Supervising and training inspectors, plans examiners, development technicians, and related staff as appropriate.  Trains, evaluates and assigns, monitors and coordinates work.
  • Oversees review of building plans, reviews calculations and specifications for proposed structures required for compliance with state and local codes, laws and ordinances.
  • Inspect residential and commercial buildings during various stages of construction and remodeling.
  • 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.
  • Inspect residential and commercial structures, assessors, and installation of plumbing, electrical, gas systems and mechanical equipment for compliance with state and local codes, laws and ordinances.
  • Performs required tasks and actively participates in the ISO rating system.
  • Works directly with the Community Rating System (CRS); coordinates Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) related issues.
  • Confers with architects, contractors, builders and the general public; explain and interpret requirements and restrictions of adopted codes and ordinances.
  • Receives calls and answer questions about permits and code requirements; direct inquiries as necessary relating to residential and commercial construction.
  • Retrieves permit information from the computer; verify legal data including owners, tax records, and other data needed to issue permits.
  • Maintain files and reports regarding inspections and findings on active projects.
  • Testifies in court as necessary.
  • Conducts pre-construction meeting with architects, engineers and contractors to explain code and local regulations as related to new project construction.
  • Investigates and resolve public complaints; determine compliance with state and City codes and ordinances; recommend appropriate actions.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of current building construction means, methods, materials and State building and life/safety code.
  • Thorough knowledge of FEMA regulations, National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), environmental regulations and related laws and ordinances.
  • Considerable knowledge of complex principles and techniques of building inspection and principles of structural design and construction-related math.
  • Knowledge of pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations.
  • Skill in organizing daily inspections, inspection files and test reports.
  • Skill in detecting code violations within all required building construction.
  • Competency in utilizing permitting software applications.
  • Knowledge and proficiency in MS Office applications and modern business equipment.
  • Ability to read and interpret plans, diagrams, blueprints and specifications.
  • Considerable knowledge of construction plan examination methods and techniques.
  • 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.


At least 10 years experience in building construction, five years of which much be in supervisory capacity of a building department; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.  Licensed by the State of Florida as a Building Code Administrator at time of hire, under provisions of FS Chapter 468 and certification by the International Code Council (ICC) as a Certified Building Official (CBO).  Additionally must be a Certified Floodplain Manager.


Must have a valid Florida drivers’ license. This position is to be considered an “essential personnel” and is required to report to duty for emergency situations such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and other crises to provide for public safety 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, confined spaces, low lighting, sloped/uneven surfaces, air contaminants, 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 boxes not exceeding 25 pounds occasionally.

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.