Union City

Building/Code Compliance Inspector (20140013)

Economic Development
East Bay
7/28/2021 at 5pm
$6,935.00-$8,300.00 Monthly

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


34009 Alvarado-Niles Road Union City, 94587



Under the supervision of the Building/Code Compliance Coordinator and the Chief Building Official/Senior Plans Examiner, the Building/Code Compliance Inspector performs work in the areas of building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, energy, green, zoning, and residential fire protection inspections; various aspects of code enforcement; and, other duties as assigned.



This is the journey-level, professional class that is expected to read plans, make code interpretations, have comprehensive knowledge of construction materials and techniques, and be able to perform field inspections (both Building and Code Enforcement) on their own.

This position is distinguished from the next higher class of Senior Building/Code Compliance Inspector by the latter providing training, technical advice, and lead assistance to incumbent inspectors. The Building/Code Compliance Inspector is further distinguished from the lower level of Building/Code Compliance Trainee in that the latter is the entry-level class, and is in training, learning the full scope of the assigned duties and responsibilities.


EXAMPLES OF DUTIES (illustrative only)

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Inspecting residential, commercial, and industrial occupancies for compliance with building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, energy, green, zoning and fire protection codes and standards.
  • Recommending solutions or corrective actions to problems and taking follow up actions to ensure discrepancies are corrected.
  • Performing various functions related to code enforcement (e.g.,  inspections, noticing, follow-up with owners, and research).
  • Communicating effectively, both orally and in writing, to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Writing reports and preparing correspondence pertaining to assigned duties.
  • Keeping pertinent records.
  • Utilizing personal computers to access the permitting system, GIS (geographic information system, various other software applications, and perform word processing functions.
  • Consulting with architects, engineers, contractors, business owners, and homeowners.
  • Using appropriate safety practices.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

Ideal Candidate


Education - Graduation from high school or possession of an acceptable equivalency certificate, such as the General Education Development (GED) certificate.


Experience – Two (2) years of experience in performing building and/or fire inspection and enforcement activities.


Three years of journey-level experience in one of the building/construction trades (e.g., plumbing, electrical, licensed general contracting, etc.).



Knowledge Of:

  • Accepted construction and fire prevention methods and practices.
  • Construction material and usage.
  • Building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, energy, green, and fire code requirements.
  • Personal computer operating systems and software.
  • Safety practices.


Ability To:

  • Read and interpret construction plans, specifications, and calculations.
  • Apply building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, energy, green, and fire codes.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Work independently.
  • Stay organized and manage time well.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Utilize personal computers and computer software to perform word processing functions.
  • Exercise initiative and sound independent judgment within established guidelines.
  • Keep accurate, up-to-date records.


  • Current International Code Council (ICC) Certification as a Residential Building Inspector or Commercial Building Inspector at the time of hire, and one additional specialty inspector certificate (e.g., electrical, mechanical, or plumbing) is required within one year from date of hire. 

The City of Union City is an equal opportunity employer. The City of Union City will comply with its obligations under the law to provide equal employment opportunities to qualified individuals with disabilities.

Travel: Positions in this class may require local and statewide travel as necessary.



Retirement: CalPERS enrollment in either 2% @ 60 (Classic Employees) or the new 2% @ 62 (New Employees) formula is dependent on the individual’s eligibility, as per AB 340. The City does not participate in Social Security therefore there are no Social Security tax deductions (except 1.45% Medicare).

Life Insurance: Premium is paid by the City. Life insurance and AD&D is equal to $100,000 each. Short-term disability insurance premium shared by the City and employee. Additional voluntary supplemental life insurance is available.

Medical/Dental: The City provides $2,000/month to purchase medical, dental and vision benefits.

Leaves: 8 hours of sick leave/month with no limit on accumulation; 80 hours of vacation per year for the first three years of service; 10 paid holidays/year plus 2 floating holidays (18 hrs.).

Other: Educational Reimbursement for approved coursework; 9/80 work schedule, with alternate Fridays off. Deferred Compensation Plan available.


Special Instructions


Application and resume should be completed on-line via the CalOpps website by 5:00 PM PST on July 28, 2021.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. Application and resume will be reviewed and evaluated using, in part, the criteria contained in this brochure.

The selection process may consist of one or more of the following components: a written exam, an oral interview, and medical exam. Only a limited number of persons whose application materials clearly demonstrate that they meet the needs of the City in terms of training, experience, education, and other job related characteristics will be invited to participate in the selection process. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an invitation to participate in the process.

Applicants who are invited to continue in the selection process will be notified by e-mail. Successful candidates’ names will be placed on an employment eligibility list. The eligibility list will remain in effect for a minimum of one year from the date the list is established. Additional vacancies that occur for this classification may be hired from the list.

The City of Union City provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities, upon request. Please contact the Human Resources Department if you will need reasonable accommodation for any aspect of the selection process.

The City of Union City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce.

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