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Building/Code Compliance Inspector - City of Lake Stevens ( Job # 17-0013)

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Minimum Salary: $4,895.00 per month
Maximum Salary: $6,199.00 per month
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Planning & Building Department
Open until filled.. Applications first reviewed on: Friday, May 12, 2017
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


This position is responsible for performing building plan reviews and inspections for compliance with building, plumbing, mechanical and energy codes, related city ordinances and safety standards.   The position is also responsible for investigating violations and pursuing compliance with various sections of the Lake Stevens Municipal Code. Finally, this position participates in permitting operations and assists in maintaining inspection documents and building permit records. 

Hours of Work:  Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Classification:  Non-Exempt/Non-Union

Supervision:  Works under the supervision of the Building Official.


Essential Duties And Responsibilities
  • Performs on-site residential and commercial building inspections during various stages of construction, remodeling and repair to ensure compliance with city codes and ordinances, safety standards, state and national codes, including the International Building, Residential and Mechanical codes, Uniform Plumbing code, Accessibility code, Washington State Energy Code and other adopted codes.
  • Inspects existing buildings and premises for changes of use, occupancy, or compliance with applicable codes and ordinances.
  • Reviews construction plans, specifications and engineering documents for compliance with codes and ordinances.
  • Conducts research, write letters and prepares written reports.  Enters all inspection reports, code enforcement documents and letters into the city’s permit tracking system and address filing system.
  • Responds to public and contractor questions concerning interpretation of building codes and construction practices.
  • Interprets and explains ordinances, codes and regulations; communicates with fire, law enforcement, water, sewer and other community and governmental agencies in the performance of building inspection and code enforcement duties.
  • Writes detailed correction notices whenever code violations are discovered during building inspections and follows through to correct violations.
  • Serves as City's Code Compliance Officer. Prepares the City's response or directly responds to and investigates citizen complaints concerning alleged or potential land use and building code violations in coordination with other affected staff and departments. Conducts field investigations, gathers and analyses information, makes findings, takes appropriate action.
  • Inspects dangerous structures subject to condemnation for fire and life safety requirements. Inspects damaged or deteriorating building to determine needed repairs. Investigates alleged violations of building and land use ordinances as well as various other nuisance codes as assigned.
  • Researches, organizes, and maintains documentation on code violations, including remedial actions. Prepares cases for filing or submission for prosecution. Testifies in court on behalf of the City. Attends and represents the City at Code Violation appeal hearings. Maintains a variety of logs and records related to inspection and enforcement activities; writes and distributers correspondence and reports.
  • The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.


Physical Demands/Work Environment

Please see the attached questionnaire for position specific physical requirements and typical working conditions.  The physical demands and work environment characteristics described in the attached form are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disability to perform the essential functions.



Education, Training and Experience Guidelines

  • High school diploma or G.E.D;
  • Preference for at least three years of experience in code compliance/building inspection or five years of journey level experience in general building construction, or equivalent experience in a related field.
  • Any combination of education and experience, which provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the job, may be substituted for these qualifications.  Examples of these skills include:

Knowledge of:

  • Building methods, techniques and materials, building codes and building inspections;
  • Applicable federal, state, local laws, regulations and procedures;
  • Applicable building, zoning and other codes, regulations and policies.
  • Changes in building and related codes and ordinances.
  • Project management principles and techniques.

Ability to:

  • Interpret architectural plans and specifications, engineering calculations and property descriptions;
  • Maintain a customer service orientation, be courteous and diplomatic in the exchange of information, discrete with sensitive information and present a positive image of the City in a variety of circumstances;
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with contractors, owners, staff and general public to convey technical concepts;
  • Employ process facilitating techniques and exercise patience when dealing with the verbal confrontation;
  • Speak to small groups in public setting;
  • Use computer applications including Microsoft Office products;
  • Maintain building department file system including permit tracking software;
  • Independently and conduct construction compliance inspections in all types of terrain and weather conditions;
  • Enforce applicable building, zoning and other codes, regulations and policies.


License or Certificate Requirements
  • Valid Washington State Driver’s license.
  • International Building Code certifications or ability to obtain certifications as follows:

a.       1st Year of Employment  – Residential Building Inspector

b.       2nd Year of Employment  - Plumbing Inspector

c.       3rd Year of Employment  – Mechanical Inspector

d.       4th Year of Employment  – Commercial Building Inspector



Lake Stevens City Hall
1812 Main Street
Lake Stevens, WA 98258