Building Inspector Specialist

  • City of Palo Alto
  • Palo Alto, California
  • Sep 22, 2022
Full Time Building and Safety Code Enforcement and Inspections Construction and Skilled Trades
  • Salary: $99,548.80 - $122,220.80 Annually USD

Job Description


The City of Palo Alto is seeking multiple team-oriented professionals to fill the position of a Building Inspector and/or Building Inspector Specialist in the Planning & Development Services Department. The City is a dynamic, fast-paced, and innovative environment focusing on exceptional customer service while reviewing construction projects. This team operates in a cutting-edge environment in the types of clients and projects that it serves.

The Building Inspector Specialist will work with builders, owners, designers, construction managers, and developers to ensure projects meet code requirements. The experience, exposure, and access to the industry's leading talent is a unique attribute of the Planning & Development Services Department.

Successful candidates will join a well-established group of inspectors with a strong work ethic and professional aptitude. The team actively collaborates and supports each other in serving the community. Constituents look to our Building Inspector/Specialists to help facilitate successful, code-compliant projects.

This is a Service Employees' International Union (SEIU) position.

Essential Duties
Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Makes periodic field inspections of work in progress, for example, foundations, plumbing, electrical, framing, mechanical equipment, etc.
  • Approves acceptable work or indicates revisions necessary for code or ordinance compliance.
  • Conducts final inspection of completed buildings or structures.
  • Makes specified inspections of commercial and industrial occupancies to ensure that occupancies and conditions are in conformance with applicable codes and ordinances for use and occupancy.
  • Explains code or ordinance requirements to City personnel, builders, architects, contractors, and the public.
  • Maintains records of inspections, violation notices, investigations, and other related data.
Full job description available below:
Building Inspector
Building Inspector Specialist

Minimum Qualifications
Building Inspector:

Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities which would typically be acquired through:
  • High school graduate or GED preferred.

  • Three years experience as a journeyperson or inspector in the building trades or building construction.
  • Familiarity of building codes and related enforcement work required.

Special Requirements:
  • Possession of ICBO certificate preferred.
  • Possession of a valid California Driver's License.

Building Inspector Specialist:
Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities which would typically be acquired through:

  • Equivalent of high school completion to the twelfth grade, and
  • Four years journey person experience in one of the trades (plumbing, mechanical, electrical, construction), three years of which must have been as a building inspector with a governmental agency.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain within one year of employment, certification by International Code Council (ICC).
  • Possession of a valid California Driver's License.

Working Conditions:
Office and construction site environment; exposure to dust, noise, odors, uneven walking surfaces, and inclement weather. Activities include climbing, stooping, light lifting, crawling, and inspecting in confined areas, in proximity to construction equipment. Required to implement the use of personal protective equipment as needed: masks, safety glasses, reflective vests, gloves, hard hats and sturdy shoes.

Applicants will be screened throughout the posting process and highly qualified candidates may be invited to interview at any time. The first formal screening is currently set for October 13, 2022.

The screening process for this position typically includes a virtual recorded interview and/or panel interviews preceding final interviews with the hiring manager or their designee.

Benefits: Fantastic benefits package, to learn more click HERE .
Compensation (SEIU): Comprehensive compensation plan, to learn more click

Vaccination Status: The City of Palo Alto recently implemented a COVID19 vaccination policy, which requires employees reporting to work onsite to be vaccinated or regularly tested. Upon your start date, you will be asked your COVID19 vaccination status. If vaccinated, we will ask to see a copy of your vaccination card. A member of our Benefits team will explain the policy in more detail once onboarded.

The City of Palo Alto is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

The City of Palo Alto offers its employees a generous benefit package, featuring family medical coverage, retirement, life insurance, plus 12 paid holidays per year.

  • Participation in a Governmental 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Fully paid employee and dependent Dental Plan
  • Fully paid employee and dependent Vision Plan
  • Fully paid Life and AD&D insurance equal to annual salary
  • Flat Rate City paid medical contribution which may allow employees to select a fully paid health plan
  • Fully paid Life Insurance equal to one-times annual salary
  • Voluntary Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Long Term Disability plan
  • 12 annual paid holidays
  • Two to five weeks vacation annually depending on years of service per MOA
  • 96 hours annual sick leave
  • Direct Deposit
  • Flexible Spending Account for Healthcare and Childcare expenses

Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS)
  • 2% at60 formula for Classic Employees
  • One-year final compensation for 2% at 60 employees
  • 2% at 62 formula for New CalPers Members
  • Three-year final compensation for 2% at 62 employees only
  • Retiree Medical benefits for employee and dependents after 10 years of service

Please note: The City does not participate in CA State Disability Insurance (SDI) or Social Security.Since they City does not participate in SDI, City employees are not eligible to claim against the State's Pregnancy Disability Leave or Paid Family Leave programs.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

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