Fire Inspector/Building Inspector

  • City of Auburn, AL
  • Auburn, Alabama
  • Aug 15, 2021
Full Time Building and Safety Code Enforcement and Inspections Construction and Skilled Trades Fire and EMS
  • Salary: $4,196.35 - $5,010.66 Monthly USD

Job Description


This position is responsible for conducting fire inspections and for the enforcement of applicable building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical and gas codes on new construction and remodels.

  • Performs on-site fire and related inspections to ensure compliance with codes and specifications. (60%)
    • Conducts inspections to verify compliance with fire and life safety codes.
    • Conducts occupancy checks.
    • Conducts pre-fire plan follow-up inspections.
    • Conducts fraternity house inspections and fire drills.
    • Performs fire alarm, fire sprinkler inspections, kitchen hood and other fire code related systems.
    • Performs underground and flush test inspections.
    • Reviews fire sprinkler, kitchen hood, fire alarm plans, and other fire code related systems.
    • Investigates fire code and other code violations.
    • Explains fire and building code to the public and to private contractors.
    • Inspects liquefied petroleum installations; inspects the removal of storage containers.
    • Inspects properties that store, handle, and uses hazardous materials to ensure compliance with laws, codes, and regulations.
    • Serves notices to parties responsible for violation of codes and ordinances.
    • Testifies in court regarding fire codes and fire safety issues.
    • Develops or reviews fire exit plans.
  • Performs on-site building inspections. (10%)
    • Inspects footings, slabs, framing, driveways, electrical systems, plumbing and gas systems, and heating and air conditioning systems.
    • Performs final inspections.
    • Investigates complaints received from citizens; performs investigations; locates and notifies owners of violations; conducts follow-up inspections; issues citations.
  • Completes required reports. (10%)
    • Leaves written notification on site.
    • Enters information to computer database.
    • Maintains related files and records.
  • Assists the general public. (10%)
    • Answers code inquiries from builders, contractors, citizens and property owners.
    • Takes inspection and permit requests.
  • Performs related duties. (10%)
    • Demonstrates punctual, regular, and reliable attendance.
    • Attends meetings, workshops, and training sessions.
    • Provides innovative solutions to enhance current processes and procedures and/or resolve workplace issues.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.

  • Knowledge of City and departmental rules and regulations.
  • Knowledge of relevant state fire and building codes.
  • Knowledge of City ordinances.
  • Knowledge of construction techniques and contracting procedures.
  • Knowledge of types, grades, and sizes of building materials.
  • Skill in reviewing and interpreting plans, technical specifications and blueprints.
  • Skill in operating computers and job-related software programs.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Ability to resolve conflicts and provide solutions.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others.


The Chief Building Inspector assigns work in terms of general instructions. The supervisor spot-checks completed work for compliance with procedures, accuracy, and the nature and propriety of the final results.


Guidelines include the City of Auburn Code, international building codes, National Electric Code, fire codes, state ordinances, City and department policies and procedures, and City of Auburn Core Values, Vision, and Mission statements. These guidelines require judgment, selection and interpretation in application

  • The work consists of varied fire inspection and code enforcement duties. Problems associated with performing duties on active construction sites contributes to the complexity of this position.
  • The purpose of this position is to enforce fire and building codes and ordinances. Success in this position contributes to the safety of life and property.

  • Contacts are typically with co-workers, contractors, subcontractors, architects, builders, property owners, and members of the general public.
  • Contacts are typically to give or exchange information, resolve problems, and provide services.

  • The work is typically performed while intermittently sitting, standing, stooping, walking, bending, or crouching. The employee frequently lifts light objects weighing less than 24 pounds. The employee climbs ladders, uses tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, and distinguishes between shades of color.
  • The work is typically performed outdoors. The employee is exposed to noise, dust, dirt, grease, machinery with moving parts, irritating chemicals, and occasional cold or inclement weather. Work requires the use of protective devices such as masks, goggles, gloves, etc.



  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with an Associate's Degree in a related field; and
  • 1 to 2 years of related experience; or
  • Any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training which provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work.
  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver's license for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.
  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain International Code Council certification for the type of inspections conducted within one year of employment.
  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain two additional approved International Code Council certification within 2 years of employment.

Job Address

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