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Building Inspector II - City of Issaquah ( Job # 17-0045)

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Minimum Salary: $5,010.00 per month
Maximum Salary: $7,049.00 per month
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Development Services
Closes: August 14, 2017 at 5:00 PM
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


Do you want to be a part of building a better, safer community? The City of Issaquah has an opportunity for you! Our Development Services team works closely with the community to provide outstanding services. The Department is committed to continuous improvement, excellence in operations and fiscal stewardship. Issaquah is a rapidly growing community, well known for its environmental amenities, excellent quality of life, and countless cultural and educational opportunities.

The City of Issaquah is currently seeking to hire a full time Building Inspector II to join our Development Services team. This position is responsible for performing inspections of buildings for compliance with the International Building and Residential codes with Washington State amendments. The range of inspections include building, structural, plumbing, mechanical, accessibility, and energy code from simple structures to complex, mixed use, fire rated structures involving hazardous materials and complex exiting. Our ideal candidate would demonstrate familiarity and experience with these types of inspections.

Come join our team! Our mission — We enhance lives through public service.



  • Inspects a full range of buildings in the process of construction, alteration or repair for compliance with building codes, including building setbacks from property lines to foundation, foundation soil bearing, steel size and placement; foundation wall steel placement; roof and foundation drains; crawl space; framing and shear wall, insulation; drywall nailing and fire rated construction; roof sheathing and nailing and a final inspection for occupancy.
  • Conducts mechanical inspections for a full range of building types; inspects installation of gas piping, furnaces, ductwork, ventilation fans, makeup air, smoke-control systems, water heaters, and other gas appliance installations in compliance with the International Mechanical Codes.
  • Performs plumbing inspections for a full range of building construction types, including installations of water service lines, waste/drainage lines, and venting in compliance with the Uniform Plumbing Code..
  • Provides continuous evaluation of construction progress to observe safety procedures and sound construction practices.  Issues stop work orders for work commencing without building permits or not in compliance with building codes.
  • Coordinates preconstruction meetings with contractors, owners, architects and other City staff.
  • Provides field and office assistance to the general public with the respect to building code issues.
  • Interprets building codes in the field.
  • Organizes, prepares and maintains accurate reports and records of inspection activities; writes letters regarding compliance on specific building issues, and completes other written reports and records as needed.
  • May provide assistance to plans examiners for review of permit applications for simple single family and tenant improvement projects.
  • Investigates citizen complaints involving health and life/safety issues; works with code compliance officer to resolve issues.
  • Provides reports to Building Official on construction activity; attends various meetings.


  • Considerable knowledge of municipal building, zoning, and related codes, ordinances and regulations.
  • Considerable knowledge of building, plumbing, mechanical, accessibility, and energy codes.
  • Considerable knowledge of inspection techniques and practices.
  • Knowledge of all stages of residential and commercial building construction as well as plumbing and mechanical installation.
  • Ability to read and interpret architectural drawings, site plans, topography and structural drawings.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain accurate and concise records.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with builders, contractors and the general public.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, contractors and the general public.


  • 3 or more years of experience with a municipality.
  • Minimum of one year of commercial experience.
  • Familiarity with permit tracking software.
  • Familiarity with

Education and Training

  • High School Diploma or GED; and
  • Two years of vocational training in the International Building Code; and
  • Two years of experience as a building inspector; or
  • Any combination of education and experience which would provide the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the job.

Licensure and Certification

  • ICC Building Combination Inspector certification.
  • Uniform Plumbing and ICC Mechanical Inspector certification.
  • Valid Washington State driver's license with a driving record free from serious or frequent violations.

Work is performed primarily outdoors conducting inspections. Field inspection work can expose the employee to safety hazards such as falling objects, heavy equipment, power tools, inspecting roofs, unfinished framing, natural gas, exposed electrical wiring, chemicals, carcinogens, blood-borne pathogens, ditches, traffic, working in confined and restricted access building sites. 


1775 12th Ave NW
Issaquah, WA 98027