Building Inspector

County of Chesterfield   Chesterfield, VA   Full-time     Construction / Physical Labor / Skilled Trades
Posted on June 14, 2022
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Building Inspector

Building Inspections
Salary Range: See Position Description
Deadline: 11:59 p.m. June 26, 2022

Safe construction from the ground up – that is our commitment to excellence. If this is your passion too, we may be looking for you.

What You Do and How You Do It:
A Building Inspector is responsible for enforcing the Virginia Construction Code as it relates to residential and commercial structures. Perform on-site inspections of building construction and systems to ensure building safety and code compliance. Coordinate regulatory activities of other county departments involved in the building permit and approval process. Perform safety and damage assessment inspections. You will also respond to, investigate, and resolve concerns from citizens and customers regarding building code and construction related issues. Attend meetings to convey requirements about the department's procedures for the inspection processes and establish channels of communication between contractors, designers, job superintendents, and the inspection division. Participate in the development of the Virginia Construction Code representing Chesterfield at the state and national levels. You may be cross-trained to perform other duties. You must possess or obtain the required professional certifications and remain current with certifications and the latest best practices. This is primarily a home-based position. A County vehicle and computer equipment will be provided for teleworking and traveling from home directly to the field. Everything we do must be done with a customer and results focus. We facilitate safe code compliant construction; we do not hinder the construction process.


• Building Inspector I - $47,614 – $64,278. Must possess or obtain within 18 months of hire Virginia certifications as either a Residential Plumbing/Mechanical Inspector, Residential Electrical Inspector, or Residential Building Inspector as well as Erosion and Sediment Control Inspector. Starting salary dependent on amount of prior inspection experience.


• Building Inspector II - $52,745 - $71,205. Must possess at time of hire Virginia certifications as a Combination Residential Inspector or the following: Residential Plumbing/Mechanical Inspector and Commercial Plumbing/Mechanical Inspector, Residential Electrical Inspector and Commercial Electrical Inspector, or Residential Building Inspector and Commercial Building Inspector; Erosion and Sediment Control Inspector must be obtained within 18 months. Starting salary dependent on amount of prior inspection experience.

• Building Inspector III - $58,429 - $78,878. Must possess at time of hire Virginia certifications as Combination Residential Inspector and one of the following: Commercial Electrical Inspector, Commercial Plumbing/Mechanical Inspector, Commercial Building Inspector or Property Maintenance Inspector; Erosion and Sediment Control Inspector must be obtained within 18 months. Starting salary dependent on amount of prior inspection experience.

Here's What You Need:
High school diploma or GED; three years of code enforcement or construction experience; one year of experience as a Building Inspector for a Building Inspector II or two years of experience as a Building Inspector for a Building Inspector III; construction/engineering technology or vocational program degree/certificate preferred; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. You must be able to read and interpret building construction documents and plans and use a personal computer and navigate software, which is used to perform your daily job duties. You also need the ability to traverse construction sites, climb ladders and demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills.

Current valid driver's license and good driving record required. Based on the Virginia DMV point system, record must not reflect a total of six or more demerit points within the twenty-four months preceding the anticipated hire date, or one major violation of six demerit points within the preceding thirty-six months. Out of state driving records must be obtained by the applicant and presented at time of interview. Record must reflect at least three years of history and be dated within 30 days of interview date. Pre-employment drug testing, FBI criminal background check and education/degree verification required.

PLEASE NOTE: Previous applicants do not need to re-apply. Applications will remain under consideration until position is filled.

Real Talk:
We'll be honest – this is hard work with multiple challenges that are sometimes frustrating. Often contractors manage projects in a way that makes your job more difficult. You may have to do some handholding when the construction labor force lacks proficiency. You need to consistently enforce a complex building code, manage coordination with multiple departments, keep track of numerous inspections and effectively manage a heavy volume of work on a daily basis. If you are committed to ensuring construction safety and building code compliance in a First Choice Community as well as getting it done right the first time, Building Inspector may be the career for you.

This position is a part of an approved Career Development Plan (CDP) and offers career progression opportunities and salary incentives, as funding permits, based on performance, qualifications, and experience.

Still Interested?
A Chesterfield County application is required and must be submitted online by deadline. 

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