Building Inspector I-21366001

  • County of San Diego
  • San Diego, California
  • Mar 16, 2021
Full Time Building and Safety Code Enforcement and Inspections Planning and Development
  • Salary: $59,342.40 - $72,820.80 Annually USD
  • Apply By: May 06, 2021


County of San Diego
Planning & Development Services


Job Description

The County of San Diego is currently accepting applications for the position of Building Inspector I. This is the entry-level class of the Building Inspector series.  Incumbents will be working with a team of Building Inspectors to perform inspections of residential dwellings, commercial, and industrial buildings for conformance with the California building code, zoning and grading codes, and approved building and land use permits.

The inspection team provide support to our customers with a customer service attitude and collaborative approach that allow them to work as a guide to the approved construction drawings rather than a guard.  This attitude and approach are key in the success with the County Team.

The County provides additional on the job training that will help ensure that our team is consistent in our team’s approach to the application of the building code and zoning ordinance on all projects. The training is through lessons learned and best practice education from the Electrical, Plumbing and Mechanical review team.  

The ideal candidate is going to be comfortable in the field with contractors or homeowners. Incumbents need to be willing to not only provide specific corrections for items that are not being constructed per approved plans but also willing to provide guidance on next steps.  An open mind and flexibility to adjust to new situations are a plus.

Planning & Development Services

The County of San Diego is committed to helping communities thrive while protecting the region's unique and diverse natural resources.  PDS is responsible for long range land use planning, including the County of San Diego's General Plan, Climate Action Plan (CAP), and Zoning Ordinance.  The department evaluates land use projects for regulatory compliance and environmental impacts, manages long range planning policy formulation, and related ordinances.  PDS advises the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission on all land use projects, policy, and programs in the unincorporated county.  PDS has seven major divisions: Sustainability, Long Range Planning, Building Services, Code Compliance, Land Development, Project Planning, and Support Services.

PDS Mission

Through operational excellence and attention to customer service, Planning & Development Services (PDS) strives to balance community, economic and environmental interests to ensure the highest quality of life for the public of San Diego County.

For additional information on PDS, click here.

You are invited to apply for Building Inspector I; if selected, you will be an integral part of our mission.  Our department is located at the County Operations Center, a modern 44-acre regional complex in Kearney Mesa.  The Operations Center includes 18 structures and houses 19 departments, including an employee gym/workout center.  

The Building Inspector I Position is in the Building Services Division of PDS.

Job Requirements

Minimum Qualifications

  1. A valid Residential Combination Inspector certificate or equivalent at the time of application; OR,
  2. A valid Residential Building Inspector certificate or equivalent at the time of application and any two of the following prior to the completion of the probationary period: Residential Electrical Inspector, Residential Plumbing Inspector, or Residential Mechanical Inspector, or equivalent; OR,
  3. A valid CALBO Field Inspector credential at the time of application.


  1. One (1) year of building inspection experience with a public agency responsible for enforcing municipal, county and state building and construction codes; OR,
  2. One (1) year of experience as a construction and trades supervisor or building contractor for single-family dwellings, multi-unit housing and commercial structure; OR,
  3. Completion of a building trades apprenticeship program and two (2) years of journey-level construction experience; OR,
  4. Three (3) years of customer service experience issuing building permits, explaining and researching fees, plans, maps, building codes, land-use and zoning regulations; OR,
  5. An associate's degree from an accredited community college in building inspection technology. 


Certificates must be issued by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), the International Code Council (ICC), or an equivalent nationally recognized certification entity.

Pursuant to California Health and Safety Code, construction inspectors, plans examiners and building officials (also professional engineers, licensed land surveyors and licensed architects) employed by the County of San Diego to perform the above duties, must meet certification requirements and continuing education requirements.

Equivalent certifications may be substituted if determined to be applicable.

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