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Combination Building Inspector
City of Alameda, East Bay

Code Enforcement

For more info contact:
(510) 747-4900
Close Date: Jan 21, 2014
Salary: $27.14 - $38.19 Hourly


Under direction enforces various building, plumbing, electrical, heating, ventilation, refrigeration, housing, zoning and related codes and ordinances; reviews and checks plans and specifications; inspects buildings and structures in various stages of construction, alteration and repair and performs other related work as required.



  1. Reviews sketches and architectural plans of buildings to be constructed, reconstructed, converted, altered, repaired, moved or demolished for conformance with building, plumbing, electrical, heating, ventilation, refrigeration, housing, zoning and related local and state codes and ordinances; inspects buildings for compliance with such regulations and notifies builders of any required changes.

  2.  Reviews and approves permit applications and issues appropriate certificates.

  3.  Inspects buildings and various electrical, plumbing, gas appliance and heating  and ventilating and other related installations.

  4.  Investigates complaints of building, plumbing, housing, wiring, heating,  ventilation, refrigeration and zoning violations.

  5.  Maintains records and prepares inspection and investigation reports.

  6.  Maintains up-to-date knowledge of approved methods, materials, and equipment  pertaining to building plumbing, heating, ventilation, refrigeration and electrical  construction; may attend meetings and conferences of inspection officials.

  7.  Answers questions and gives information regarding plumbing, mechanical,  building, zoning, housing, electrical and related codes and ordinances.

  8.  Assists in court actions involving building, zoning, plumbing, heating, ventilation, and electrical violations. 



Possession of the employment standards does not assure advancement to the Examination or placement of the Eligible List. This is a competitive examination where a candidate's performance in the Examination will be judged in comparison with the performance of other candidates.  To be considered, applicants should possess the combination of education and experience necessary to provide the required knowledge and abilities for the position.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

  1. Graduation from high school

  2. Three years of journey level building construction or inspection experience.

  3. Possession of current International Code Council (ICC) Combined Dwelling  Inspection Certification; or separate certifications in each of the following: Building  Inspection, Plumbing Inspection, Mechanical Inspection and Electrical Inspection; or equivalent certification by a nationally recognized code agency.

  4. Possession of a valid California Driver's License and satisfactory driving record as a condition of initial and continued employment.

  5. Ability to operate computer hardware and software programs desirable.



Other Requirements


KNOWLEDGE OF building construction, electrical installation and repair, and plumbing and mechanical methods and materials; California Building, Fire, Plumbing and Mechanical Codes and Electric Code and related state and local laws; proper inspection methods; safe work practices and procedures; legal procedures involved in the enforcement of codes and ordinances.


ABILITY TO effectively organize and implement a code enforcement program; learn and enforce a wide variety of codes, ordinances, laws and regulations; work in confined spaces and climb and exit a ladder/scaffold above three stories; respond to inquiries, complaints and requests for service in a fair, tactful and firm manner; investigate, document and resolve complaints or make other appropriate dispositions; establish, organize and maintain record keeping systems; interpret and analyze information, draw valid conclusions and project consequences; maintain level of knowledge and certification required for satisfactory job performance; communicate effectively; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and the general public and supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff.




AGENCY SHOPEmployees in this classification, as a condition of employment, must agree to union membership or payment of an "in lieu" service fee.


For Benefits information, please visit our website at: A detailed summary for this position can be found under Alameda City Employees Association.

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