Building Inspector

  • 455 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Building and Safety Code Enforcement and Inspections Construction and Skilled Trades
  • Salary: $101,713.30 - $123,633.12 Annually USD

Job Description



To inspect routine and complex structural building systems at various stages of construction, alteration, and repair to assure compliance with approved plans, specifications, codes, ordinances and regulations; and to assist in the review of building plans and specifications to determine compliance with applicable codes, ordinances, rules and regulations.

This is the journey level class in the Building/Housing & Neighborhood Inspector series. Positions at this level are expected to be able to perform the full range of duties and assignments with only minimal supervision or instruction, and only as new or unusual situations arise. The Building/Housing Rehabilitation Specialist class is distinguished from the Senior Building Inspector in that responsibility is not assumed for the supervision, scheduling, or coordination of the field operation of the Building Inspection Division. This classification may be assigned to serve as the Housing Rehabilitation Specialist for the City's Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program.
Examples of Duties
  • Complete and maintain a variety of records on a computer, prepare reports, documentation, and correspondence.
  • Conduct inspections to determine compliance with California Building Code and pertinent provisions of County health and environmental ordinances.
  • Create and revise housing rehabilitation project work estimates; participate in contractor's bid process and bid review.
  • Oversee and monitor rehabilitation projects to ensure that work is properly performed and to ensure that no substandard materials are used in accordance with HUD requirements.
  • Confer with developers, contractors, architects, engineers, and the general public.
  • Inspect foundation, cement, framing, plastering, and a large variety of other complex and routine structural building system elements such as studs, joists, rafter spacing, and other structural member factors.
  • Examine grade, quality, and treatment of lumber, cement, lath, wire, and composition.
  • Inspect air conditioning, plumbing, and routine electrical systems.
  • Assure proper and safe installations of routine electrical systems.
  • Perform field review of plans and specifications.
  • Apply proper inspection techniques to examine the quality of work and materials and detect deviations from plans, regulations, and standard construction practices.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Typical Qualifications
Knowledge of:
  • Building related codes and ordinances enforceable by the City, specifically the California Building Code and Milpitas Municipal Code.
  • Principles and techniques of building inspection work.
  • Construction contracts and requirements.
  • HUD regulations related to housing rehabilitation.
  • Lead-based paint.
  • A variety of zoning, general land use, and related City codes.
  • Building and related codes including zoning ordinances and other City codes and regulations.
  • Accepted safety standards and methods of building construction.
Ability to:
  • Advise on standards of construction methods and requirements.
  • Prepare and revise project cost estimates and reports.
  • Make arithmetical computations rapidly and accurately.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with homeowners, developers, contractors, architects, engineers, and the general public.
  • Apply City codes and policies regarding zoning and other regulations to field situations.
  • Work independently without supervision.
  • Enforce necessary regulations with firmness and tact.
  • Use Windows, Excel, and Word computer programs.
  • Keep abreast of current construction standards, codes, and regulations.
Any combination of experience and education that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
  • Three years of responsible experience in the journey level trades or as a contractor in a variety of building construction activities, including some experiences as a building inspector.
  • Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.
License or Certificate
  • Possession of or ability to obtain and maintain an appropriate, valid California Driver's license.
  • Possession of a Building Inspector Certificate issued by the International Code Council (ICC) is required.
Essential duties require the following physical abilities and work environment:
  • Typically, work is performed at construction sites and in an office environment;
  • exposure to outdoor elements;
  • extensive use of the telephone and radio, repetitive keyboarding on a computer;
  • ability to walk on uneven ground; reach (including overhead), squat, bend, lift, crawl, and, climb;
  • push, pull, and carry up to 50 pounds;
  • drive daily to various locations within and outside the City of Milpitas;
  • ability to work safely in a hard-hat construction zone is essential

Supplemental Information
  • Receives general supervision from the Senior Building Inspector and/or the Senior Housing & Neighborhood Preservation Specialist.
  • May exercise technical or functional supervision over new building inspection staff.
Incumbents in this position are required to file a Conflict of Interest Statement upon assuming office, annually, and upon leaving office, in accordance with Resolution No. 8833.

The City of Milpitas is requiring proof of vaccination status against COVID 19 as a condition of employment. If you have a disability or religious objection to receiving the vaccine and require accommodation, you will be given the opportunity to request an accommodation. Accommodated employees will be required to submit to weekly testing.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Milpitas will provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the Human Resources Department.

The City of Milpitas is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Membership in CalPERS (2% at 60 or 2% at 62 with three year average salary). City of Milpitas employees do not participate in Social Security, but do contribute to Medicare.

Choice of CalPERS Medical Plans. City pays coverage up to the Kaiser rate (currently $2,228.36/mo. for family). Employees who waive health coverage are eligible to receive $125 per month in lieu of medical plan coverage with proof of other coverage.

Employees are eligible upon CalPERS retirement from the City to receive up to 100% retiree medical coverage (currently based on the Kaiser health rate), based on years of service.

City provides full family coverage for Delta Dental and MES Vision at no cost to the employee.

City provides $50,000 term policy. Supplemental employee-paid life insurance is available up to $500,000, based on carrier acceptance.

City provides a Short-Term Disability plan similar to State Disability Insurance (SDI) coverage. Employees do not participate in SDI. Long-Term Disability coverage of 60% of base salary up to $1,500 per month is available after a 60-day waiting period. Additional buy-up options for LTD are available up to $6,000 per month.

City contributes $75 per month on the employee's behalf.

Hourly employees earn 11-31 days of vacation based on years of service.

Employees receive 12 paid holidays and one (1) floating holiday per year.

Employees earn 12 days annually.

Employees are eligible to receive up to $1,400 per fiscal year in tuition reimbursement.

Employeesare offered free access to City-sponsored sports and fitness programs.

The City also offers a flexible spending benefits plan, employee assistance program, and other voluntary insurance. Contact Human Resources (HR) at 408-586-3090 or for more information on employee benefits.


Please pick the best description of your experience as a Building Inspector.
  • Zero to 6 months experience
  • More than 6 months but less than one year
  • More than one year


Do you possess a Building Inspector Certificate issued by the International Code Council (ICC)?
  • Yes
  • No

Required Question

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455 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas, California 95035 United States View Map