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Building Inspector - City of Woodinville ( Job # 19-0008)

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Minimum Salary: $4,799.00 per month
Maximum Salary: $6,125.00 per month
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Development Services
Open until filled.
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


Woodinville is a city of approximately 12,000 residents and 1,200 businesses located in the Sammamish Valley, about 15 miles northeast of Seattle, Washington.  Strong neighborhoods, open spaces, Washington's top wineries, and retail shopping make Woodinville a premier tourist destination.  Recreation opportunities, close access to Seattle, Bellevue, and Eastside employment centers, and a commitment to a high quality of life rank Woodinville as one of Washington's top places to live and work.

The Building Inspector conducts inspections directly related to enforcement of protective codes, development regulations, and/or contract requirements. Interprets codes, regulations, laws and ordinances relating to building plan review and inspection; reviews and approves conformance with codes of proposed residential and commercial/industrial buildings and structures. Visits premises and provides information and assistance to owners, developers, and departments or divisions of the City in the process to gain conformance to codes; provides essential construction project start-up and close-out meeting coordination.  Issues appropriate notices or orders when work does not comply with codes.

This is an 18-month term-limited position, which may possibly be extended.  During the term of the position, benefits will be provided as with any other City employee.  At the conclusion of the term, the individual will be ineligible for layoff or severance benefits.  


Essential Job Functions

Reviews building plans for conformance with the Building, Plumbing, Mechanical, Energy. Accessibility Code (ADA) and Zoning codes.

Performs field inspections on new, remodeled, or altered, residential and commercial/ industrial projects in various stages of construction, alteration or repair to assure use of acceptable materials and to verify compliance with the International Building, Plumbing, Mechanical, Washington State Energy, Washington State Barrier Free and the City of Woodinville Municipal Codes; periodically trains employees on inspection process.

Issues detailed correction notices whenever code violations are discovered or when brought to the attention of the inspector by other City personnel, agencies or citizens; re-inspects to assure correction of noted violations; provides information and assistance to correct violations, and when appropriate, issues and posts stop-work orders when code violations necessitate complete work stoppage.

 Responds to complaints and reports of possible violations of City codes regulating the development and use of lands within the City of Woodinville, and works to resolve code violations through a variety of means, including education, negotiation, referral to mediation and, when necessary, issuance of Notice of Violation, civil infractions and the imposition of civil penalties.

Prepares reports on findings of inspections and notifies builders or other parties of necessary corrections that need to be made; prepare various other reports, handles correspondence and conducts research or studies as directed.

Maintains accurate and complete records on computer and by hand concerning construction projects which include, but may or may not be limited to, inspections, plan checking, permit issuance progress and status, investigations and any other issues which may pertain to the specific project.

Answers questions and provides information to the public, developers, builders and architects regarding building codes and other regulations relating to building construction and code enforcement. Investigates independently and assist the Building Official with citizen’s inquiries regarding alleged violations of building standards, codes and ordinances.

Provides explanations to public, developers, builders and architects regarding construction code language and reasons for specific regulations. Educates and trains public as necessary on code requirements.

Coordinates all development center change orders during construction; arranges and conducts pre-construction meetings; arranges/organizes and conducts all city project closeout meetings with the building owners and contractors.

Performs other duties as required or assigned.


Job Demands

Work is performed both indoors and outside requiring operation of a motorized vehicle. Outside work will require exposure to varying weather conditions and terrain. While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent must regularly see and hear; frequently stand, walk, talk, smell, use hands and fingers to grasp or feel objects, tools, and controls; and occasionally reach with arm/hand and leg/foot to inspect sites and facilities, bend head and neck, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and lift. Work environment has exposure to fumes, odors, gases, and airborne particles, and air and blood borne pathogens; exposure to moving equipment, and occasional exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme heat, risk of electrical shock, wet/humid conditions working in high, open places, underground spaces, restricted access building sites, intermittent vibration, and noise. Necessary aptitudes include understanding instructions, verbal, numeric, and spatial aptitudes, perception of detail, finger and manual dexterity, eye/hand/foot coordination requiring visual acuity at 20 inches or less, analytic and problem solving ability, initiative, precision, alertness, memory, concentration, reasoning ability and judgment. Patience and persuasiveness are necessary when interacting with other people. May occasionally require work beyond normal working hours.

Other Job Demands
Minimum Qualifications

This is an entry level position.  High school graduate or equivalent and one year of specialized or technical training or three years journey-level experience in a building trade, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Some college related course work in the construction field is desirable.

Knowledge of:

§  International Residential Code.

§  International Building Code.

§  Uniform Plumbing Code.

§  International Mechanical Code.

§  International Fuel Gas Code.

§  International Existing Building Code.

§  Washington State Energy Code.

§  Washington State Barrier Free Code.

§  City of Woodinville Municipal and Zoning Codes and regulations dealing with construction standards and requirements.

§  Principles of engineering and their application to construction work.

§  OSHA/WISHA regulations regarding safety.

§  Construction Methods.

§  Emergency operations guidelines ATC 20-21 and NIMS 100 and 200.


Selection Process

Although Open Until Filled, you are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible.  As we receive qualified applicants, we will contact them for an interview.

Background Disclosure Release, a Request for Driving Record, and a Driving Record Release form will be conducted for the successful candidate.

The City of Woodinville values diversity in its workforce and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Qualified applicants receive consideration without discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, marital status, genetic information, veteran's status, disability, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local laws.


Woodinville City Hall
17301 133rd Avenue NE
Woodinville, WA