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Building Inspector/Plans Examiner - City of Kenmore ( Job # 20-0003)

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Minimum Salary: $5,881.00 per month
Maximum Salary: $8,117.00 per month
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Development Services
Open until filled.. Applications first reviewed on: Monday, August 10, 2020
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


The Development Services Department of the City has an opening for a Building Inspector/Plans Examiner, who has a talent for problem solving and a passion for customer service, to fill this key full time position. This individual would be responsible for plan reviews and inspections of residential and commercial buildings and structures in the process of construction, alterations, or repairs for compliance with applicable codes, approved plans and specifications, safe construction practices, and other regulations and ordinances related to the safety, health, and welfare of the public. Because of the small number of City employees, each staff member is expected to perform a wide range of office and field duties as may be required from time to time.

Position is open until filled. First review of applicants is August 10, 2020.

City offices are located in beautiful downtown Kenmore at the north end of Lake Washington. The City offers a generous benefit package for all regular employees including Vacation and Sick Leave, Health Insurance, Parental Leave, and a 401(a) Plan in lieu of Social Security. A Summary of Employee Benefits is attached. 

The City of Kenmore is committed to an inclusive and diverse workplace. We seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.

Our Service Vision is Propelling Kenmore Upward: We Create a Thriving Community Where People Love Where They Live!


Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities


  • Performs technical reviews of commercial and residential plans, drawings, and specifications for proposed construction projects within the scope of expertise required of this position, usually structural, mechanical, and plumbing and life safety aspects.  Works with customers to resolve difficulties or violations of codes.


  • Performs building and construction inspections of commercial and residential projects to determine if the structure meets approved permit, plans, specifications, applicable codes and special inspection requirements. Requires corrections to be made when deficiencies are discovered. 


  • Assists builders, owners, engineers and architects in determining how corrections may be made to achieve code compliance. Inspects sites and buildings prior to remodeling to determine validity of permit application and compliance with zoning restrictions.


  • Inspects dangerous structures subject to condemnation for fire and life safety requirements.  Inspects damaged or deteriorating buildings to determine needed repairs.  Investigates alleged violations of building and zoning ordinances.


  • Investigates and resolves complaints involving improper workmanship, safety problems, or nuisances related to construction projects. 


  • Conducts pre-construction meetings and attends development review meetings such as pre-application meetings with developers, contractors, engineers, architects and other staff to explain inspection processes and procedures.


  • Provides technical advice to the City on City-owned projects.  May lead City applications through the permit process.


  • Serves as a back-up for Permit Counter coverage. May issue permits for fully examined and approved plans, including fee calculations and collection based on size, type, and method of construction.


  • May act as Building Official in his/her absence to perform related work as assigned.


Performs other duties as assigned that support the overall objective of the position.

Knowledge and Skills

Requires thorough knowledge of provisions of the Washington State Building Codes.  Requires working knowledge of the methods, practices and materials used in building construction. Requires knowledge of and skill at using a computer and software to access and manage information.  Requires special skill in evaluating construction methods reading and interpreting building and/or structural plans, reading and interpreting building and/or structural codes and applying them to specific situations.  Requires sufficient communication skills to write reports and document inspections.   Requires sufficient human relations skills to explain technical building information and code requirements to knowledgeable and lay persons, and to resolve conflict with others in a positive manner.  Requires sufficient math skills to read and record distances and load bearing calculations.


Requires the ability to carry out the essential functions of the position.  Requires the ability to read and interpret plans, drawings, and engineering specifications, and apply them to codes, regulations and ordinances.  Requires the ability to learn and apply Federal, State, and City regulations, codes, laws and ordinances for structural, fire, and mechanical building safety. Requires the ability to observe and document code compliance. Requires the ability to work cooperatively with citizens. Requires the ability to work as contributing member of a team, work productively and cooperatively with other teams and external customers, and convey a positive image of the City and its services.

Physical Abilities

Requires ability to lift, carry, push or pull objects weighing 50 lbs. Requires climbing steps and tall ladders, stooping, crawling under buildings and in attics, traversing uneven or steep terrain, and generally have the overall stamina and ability to perform moderate strenuous physical activity.  Office work and plans review requires the ability to remain in one posture for extended periods of time, visual acuity at 20 inches or less and hearing acuity for speech discrimination.  The employee must be able to talk, receive and understand written and oral communication and give written and oral instruction. Requires driving ability in order to transport oneself in and around Kenmore and King County.

Education and Experience

This position requires an Associate Degree in a building, architecture, or engineering science or two years of construction related working experience, and four years of inspection experience, or one year of progressively responsible plans review experience. Experience with Trakit and Bluebeam is preferred.

Licenses and Certificates

Requires a valid driver’s license and maintaining an acceptable driving record. This position requires an International Code Council (ICC) Residential Building Inspector and Building Plans Examiner Certification.

Working Conditions

Work is performed both indoors and outdoors and may entail exposure to all weather conditions while driving to or conducting inspections. Field inspection work can expose the employee to safety hazards such as uneven terrain, falling objects, heavy equipment, power tools, heights, unfinished framing, natural gas, exposed wiring, hazardous chemicals, carcinogens, blood born pathogens, open ditches and trenches, traffic and working in confined spaces such as underground tunnels and restricted access building sites.


This job/class description, describes the general nature of the work performed, representative duties as well as the typical qualifications needed for acceptable performance.   It is not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties, work steps, and skills required of the job.


City of Kenmore
18120 68th Ave NE
Kenmore, WA 98028