Building Inspector

East Bay
Until filled
$7,180.00-$8,311.00 Monthly

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


1333 Park Avenue Emeryville, 94608



The Community Development Department has the primary responsibility for administering the laws, regulations and requirements that pertain to the physical development of the City and for overseeing the implementation of the City’s economic development, housing, and public arts programs.  The Department consists of the Planning, Building, and Economic Development and Housing Divisions.


The Building Inspector is a journey-level classification. Incumbents will be expected to perform complex and detailed inspections of structures for conformance to codes, ordinances, approved plans, calculations, and specifications with minimal supervision. The Building Inspector will conduct investigations of suspected violations of the Municipal and Building codes, including code enforcement.  Incumbents must be able to perform the entire range of combination inspections (building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical) in a variety of residences, commercial and industrial buildings.  The Building Inspector may assist in training other building inspectors and may provide technical assistance to the permit center staff and may be required to work the permit counter as needed.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate:

  • Is experienced performing complex building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, energy and accessibility inspections of all structures and installations during construction to ensure conformance to City/State codes, ordinances, approved plans, calculations, and specifications;
  • Is experienced using the California Building Code, including Accessibility, Plumbing and Mechanical Codes, Electrical and Energy, and National Electrical Code and knowledgeable of all related state and local laws and housing codes;
  • Is able to maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work;
  • Is able to investigate, document, and resolve complaints or make other appropriate dispositions;
  • Is able to review specifications, sketches, architectural plans of buildings to be constructed, altered or repaired for conformance with appropriate local and state codes and ordinances;
  • Is able to inspect buildings for compliance with regulations and notify builders of any required certificates;
  • Is experienced in the operation of personal computers and data entry;
  • Possesses excellent interpersonal relations skills with the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing using correct English including spelling, grammar, and punctuation and in a fair, tactful, and firm manner;
  • Possesses experience with math (addition, subtraction, multiplication, fractions and geometry); 
  • Responds to inquiries; and establishes, organizes and maintains record keeping systems;
  • Interprets and analyzes information, draws valid conclusions and projects consequences;
  • Is a team player with the ability to provide direction to building inspectors and other technical and/or clerical staff including temporary employees. 


Candidates must have the equivalent to a high school diploma supplemented by college or technical school courses in construction technology, engineering, or a related field and either of the following:

  • three (3) years of experience working for a public agency as a building inspector, which included combination building inspection work on industrial/commercial/residential projects.  


  • five (5) years of experience in the mechanical, electrical, or plumbing trade; or as a general contractor; or as a building inspector.

An Associate’s Degree in building inspection technology is desirable.  

Licenses and Certifications:  Possession of a valid Class C driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record or demonstration of ability to travel to various locations in a timely manner is a requirement of this position.   Candidates must possess and maintain the Building Inspection Certificate issued by the International Code Council (ICC) or be able to obtain it within 6 months of hire. Possession of the Combination Inspection Certificate is desired.  

Candidates must be sufficiently active to perform the physical duties of the job including working outdoors in all weather conditions with intermittent exposure to noise, fumes, odorous emissions, and airborne particles, entering and moving around in small spaces, walking on a variety of surfaces and varying terrain, reading various size print and architectural drawings and blue prints with the ability to discern colors, read codes and ordinances, and operate a variety of tools and equipment.    




The MESA provides a competitive compensation and benefits package.  Salary range is $7,180 to $8,311 monthly and the benefits include: 

  • Retirement: New* Members CalPERS 2%@62 retirement plan (based on highest three consecutive years) or Classic* Members 2%@60 (based on highest three consecutive years).  Under both plans, the employee picks up the full 7% employee contribution.  (*As defined by CalPERS).  The agency does not participate in Social Security. 
  • Vacation: Employee accrues ten (10) working days per year. Maximum accrual of 2x annual accrual rate.
  • Holidays: Fourteen (14) paid holidays per year (inclusive of three (3) floating holidays).
  • Sick Leave: Fifteen (15) days per year, with unlimited accumulation.
  • Health & Welfare: Medical, Dental, and Vision care coverage paid by the agency (to a capped amount) for the employee and eligible dependents.
  • Misc. Benefits:  City provides life/AD&D, long-term disability (LTD) and employee assistance program benefits.  


The probationary period for new employees is nine (9) months which may be extended by an additional three (3) months.  This position is represented by SEIU Local 1021.

Special Instructions


To be considered for this exciting opportunity, all applicants must submit a completed MESA application, a comprehensive résumé that outlines how you meet the characteristics of the ideal candidate, a copy of your certification(s), and a completed Supplemental Questionnaire online at www.calopps.org.  (NOTE:  paper applications will not be accepted.)  You may also call the MESA Human Resources Department at (510) 596-4390 or visit the City’s website at www.emeryville.org for additional information. 

The qualifications for each applicant will be reviewed and those applicants who demonstrate the best qualifications in relation to the requirements listed above will be invited to participate in an oral interview.  Applicants are encouraged to review the City of Emeryville’s website (www.emeryville.org) to learn more about the Community Development Department.  


The City and the MESA are Equal Opportunity Employers. All aspects of employment shall be without regard to sex, disability, race, political affiliation, religious creed, color, natural origin, or age. Reasonable accommodations will be made for disabled applicants to participate in the application and examination processes. Applicants needing special accommodations must contact Human Resources sufficiently in advance of the testing process to arrange for such accommodations. Please contact (510) 596-4300.

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