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Building Inspector I or II DOQ - City of Issaquah ( Job # 18-0079)

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Minimum Salary: $4,652.00 per month
Maximum Salary: $7,226.00 per month
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Development Services
Open until filled.
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


The City of Issaquah is seeking a Building Inspector I or II, depending on qualifications, to perform a broad range of inspections directly related to knowledge of various building codes; including the International Residential Code (IRC), Uniform Plumbing Code, International Mechanical Code, International Fuel Gas Code, and Washington State Energy Code. 

Candidates hired at the Building Inspector I level check both residential and commercial buildings in the process of construction, alteration, or repair for compliance with applicable building code requirements, safe construction practices, and other regulations or ordinances relating to the safety, health, and welfare of the general public.  The focus of this level is primarily on inspections of a routine nature, mainly in the area of residential construction, single and multiple family dwellings and townhomes.

Candidates hired at the Building Inspector II level are journey level inspectors and possess the experience and knowledge to conduct a full range of inspections, including single and multi-family residential and commercial construction sites.  This level typically handles more technically complex inspection situations involving life safety systems, fire rated assemblies, building occupancy requirements, etc.  Incumbents may provide guidance to less experienced inspectors.

The purpose of the Development Services department is to streamline the permit process for businesses, developers and residents, as well as preserve and enhance the quality of the natural and built environment, and thus the City’s quality of life. We will achieve this through a partnership with residents and businesses that is collaborative, accessible, reasonable, creative, predictable and efficient.

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

Work Environment

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, and working in confined and restricted access building spaces.

Essential Functions
  • Building Inspector I inspects single and multiple family dwellings and townhomes (Building Inspector II inspects a full range of buildings) during all phases of construction, alteration or repair for compliance with Building Codes from foundation to final inspection for occupancy. 
  • Conducts mechanical inspections of gas piping, furnace and ductwork, ventilation fans and ductwork, water heater, and other gas appliance installations in compliance with the International Mechanical Codes.
  • Performs plumbing inspections 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.  
  • Facilitates preconstruction meetings with contractors, owners, architects and other City staff.
  • Provides field and office assistance to the general public with respect to building code issues; interprets building codes in the field, and authorizes alternative methods of construction in compliance with the codes.
  • 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.
  • Engages with fellow staff members to share observations and continuously improve processes, standards, and regulations.

Other Job Duties:

  • Provides assistance to plans examiner for review of permits relating to decks and stairs, tenant improvement projects, and single-family residence permit application.
  • Investigates citizen complaints involving health and life safety issues; works with Code Compliance Officer to resolve issues.
  • Provides reports on construction activity; provides input on staffing needs, equipment, and problem areas; attends various meetings; and attends continuing education classes and seminars to keep current with building code changes and construction materials, methods, and practices.
  • Issues stop work orders for work commencing without building permits or not in compliance with building codes.

Education and Training:

  • High school diploma, or G.E.D., and two years of vocational training in Building Codes; AND  
  • Two years of experience in one or more areas of building construction; OR 
  • Any combination of education and experience which would provide the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge, and ability required to perform the job.

Licensing and Certification:

Building Inspector I

  • ICC Residential or Building Inspector certification or the ability to obtain within six months.
  • Uniform Plumbing certification and ICC Mechanical certification or the ability to obtain within one year.
  • For qualified applicants, a valid Washington State driver's license with driving record free from serious or frequent violations.
  • The person hired for this position must pass a pre-employment physical as determined by the employer.

Building Inspector II

  • ICC Building Inspector certification
  • Uniform Plumbing and ICC Mechanical Inspector certification
  • For qualified applicants, a valid Washington State driver's license with driving record free from serious or frequent violations.
  • The person hired for this position must pass a pre-employment physical as determined by the employer.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Knowledge of municipal building, zoning, and related codes, ordinances, and regulations.
  • Knowledge of the Uniform Plumbing, International Building, Residential, Mechanical and Fuel Gas Codes and the Washington State Energy Code.
  • Knowledge of inspection techniques and practices.
  • Knowledge of all stages of residential building construction, plumbing, and mechanical installation.  For Building Inspector Level II, knowledge of all stages of commercial building construction, plumbing, and mechanical installation. 
  • Ability to read and interpret architectural drawings, site plans, topography and structural drawings with actual construction.
  • Ability to interpret codes and resolve field problems offering acceptable alternative solutions.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain accurate and concise records and files.
  • 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.


City Hall NW
1775 12th Ave NW
Issaquah, WA 98027