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Building Inspector - City of Sammamish ( Job # 19-0037)

This job is closed.

Minimum Salary: $61,915.00 per year
Maximum Salary: $84,735.00 per year
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Community Development
Closes: July 19, 2019 at 5:00 PM
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


This position will serve as Building Inspector on both private development and public capital improvement projects. The Building Inspector is responsible for performing field inspections of structural and non-structural elements to ensure compliance with the Building, Mechanical, Plumbing and Fire Codes, State Energy, Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality and Barrier Free Codes as well as other State laws and City of Sammamish ordinances and policies as indicated in the approved construction documents. This involves reviewing approved construction documents while performing construction inspections, proper interpretation and application of adopted codes, assisting with the review and evaluation of proposals for new materials and verifying quality of materials used and test results to ensure specification have been met. This position assists the public at the Permit Center as well as by telephone and E-mail.  This position will be responsible for the daily maintenance and operation of building inspection files and Permit Inspection data entry.

Because of the small size of the City staff, each staff member is expected to perform a wide range of field and office duties including plan review as may be required from time to time.  This is a full-time professional position, requiring knowledge of an advanced type.  The position serves at-will at the pleasure and discretion of the City.

The applicant should be able to develop an effective working relationship with employees, city officials, other municipal and state agency officials, contractors, developers, and the general public.


The Building Inspector works under the direct supervision of the Building Official.


  • Performs daily field inspections of residential, commercial and public facility construction projects; Assure projects are completed in compliance with applicable codes, specifications, standards, and time schedules.
  • Interacts with the public and explains technical information to both technically and non-technically trained individuals.
  • Reviews residential and commercial plans and engineering calculations for building components to insure compliance with applicable codes.
  • Provides recommendations regarding interpretations of City, State, Federal, and Construction standards, ordinances, specifications, policies, and procedures.
  • Determines and implements necessary field revision to approved designs in order to satisfy site conditions as may be encountered.
  • Maintains accurate records to document inspections, test results, and other related pertinent information.
  • Maintains computer logs of inspection reports.
  • Reviews material testing reports.
  • Responds to public inquires or complaints related to construction activities, standards and administrative procedures, or zoning and planning violations.
  • Maintains knowledge of current construction codes and changes in industry standards related to construction material and procedure developments.
  • Conducts preconstruction meetings.
  • Performs plan reviews of revisions, corrections, and small projects as time permits.
  • Respond to questions and requests for technical information from other agencies and citizens.
  • Good driving record and ability to drive a city vehicle.
  • Participation in City meetings and training events and Departmental training opportunities and process improvement teams.
  • Performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of:

  • Community Development / Building Division construction procedures, techniques and practices.
  • Engineering and survey basics methods and standards.
  • Soil mechanics and characteristics and strengths of construction materials.
  • City organization, operations, policies, and objectives.
  • Interpersonal customer relations skills using tact, diplomacy, patience, and courtesy.
  • Office practices, procedures, and equipment; Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, Outlook, and City View Permit software.
  • Federal, State, and adopted local regulations and Standards
  • City of Sammamish and department policies and procedures.
  • Preparing and maintaining records and files, including project/program records, equipment and material purchasing.
  • Basic Geometry and mathematical calculations used in engineering drafting and drawing.

Abilities and Skills:

  • Interact with the public in an effective, customer friendly manner and establish and maintain effective working relationships with City staff and other organizations.
  • Cooperate with others and work as a member of a team.
  • Foster collaborative group process and efficiently use resources.
  • Work independently and make appropriate decisions regarding work methods and priorities.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Demonstrate a strong sense of personal ethics along with professional judgment and discretion.
  • Prepare detailed and accurate daily journals and reports.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Read and interpret engineering and architectural drawings.
  • Meet schedules and legal time lines.
  • Read and interpret architectural, engineering and life safety components of construction drawings
  • Interpret and explain City, State, Federal and construction codes, ordinances, specifications, policies, procedures and standards.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.


A High School diploma or GED equivalent.  Current ICC certification as a Residential Building Inspector.  Current ICC / UPC certification as a Residential Mechanical and Plumbing Inspector or ability to obtain Residential Mechanical and Plumbing Inspector, or Combination Inspector certification within one year of hire.  A valid Washington State driver’s license and a driving record free from serious or frequent violations.


  • One (1) year of experience as a building inspector for a public and or private agency.
  • An associate degree in Building Inspection Technology or equivalent continuing education and training in subjects related to construction inspection and plan review.
  • Prior experience or training in plan review, drafting, or blueprint reading.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate various pieces of office equipment.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.  Position requires the ability to transport oneself to a variety of locations, primarily in and around the City of Sammamish and King County.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is required to talk and hear.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. 


The work environment described below is representative of those that will be encountered while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job the employee divides his or her time between an outdoor construction site and an indoor office environment, connected by travel in a vehicle on city streets and sometimes-unimproved roads. Employee will work out-of-doors in all types of weather conditions and may involve travel to a variety of locations to perform site visit work to attend meetings. 

Employee may be exposed to noise from basic office machine operation, and may be required to walk rough terrain and climb inclines at work sites.  May also be exposed to conditions and hazards associated with construction sites and potentially hazardous materials and equipment, fumes or vapors.

Duties are performed both individually and as part of a work team.  The work environment is fast-paced and moderately noisy.  Attendance at night meetings may be required, and meeting project deadlines may require working more than forty hours per week.


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.

This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the City and the employee, and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the City and the requirements of the job change.




Sammamish City Hall
801 - 228th Ave SE
Sammamish, WA 98075