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This classification performs regular to complex duties in inspecting building construction, remodeling and repair, installation of mechanical devices and plumbing systems to assure compliance to appropriate State codes, Oregon Revised Statutes, Oregon Administrative Rules, city and county ordinances related to safety, health, and welfare of the public; examine plans and specifications for approval for proposed construction when necessary; inspect manufactured home installation.

Building inspector is a multi-certified inspector having received A-level certifications through State administered testing in at least one inspection area, supported by one and two family specialty dwelling code certification, including manufactured home certification.

To promote effective and uniform enforcement of state building, mechanical, and plumbing codes, an inspector must possess the appropriate type and level of certification for the work being inspected. Furthermore, the inspector is required to continue education in appropriate field and remain current in code changes through approved courses which earn affirmation credits.


(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples. Any one position may not perform all listed tasks.)

1. Inspect and evaluate structures (within certification level) while being constructed, remodeled or repaired (in areas of structural, mechanical, and/or plumbing); approve or disapprove work; write correction notices; enforce appropriate state specialty codes, assure construction, remodeling, or repair is in compliance with approved plans and state building, mechanical, and plumbing codes; conduct final inspection. Issue stop work order when directed by supervisor to do so.

2. Inspect fire damaged structures; estimate necessary repairs.

3. Inspect and approve manufactured home installations; IE: blocking, sewer, water, and electrical connections; decking.

4. Document inspections and establish and maintain record keeping.

5. As needed, examine plans, drawings, and specifications for proposed construction or remodeling projects. Work with builder/architect to correct code violation. Determine value of structure and issue building permits.

6. Provide information regarding permits, building codes, and compliance procedures to contractors, builders, and public.


Knowledge of: Considerable knowledge of building construction, mechanical, and plumbing principles, practices, and procedures as applied to commercial and residential construction; considerable knowledge of construction and manufactured home inspection methods; considerable knowledge of Oregon Revised Statutes, Oregon Administrative Rules, Oregon specialty codes, city and county ordinances that govern building, mechanical, plumbing inspection. Skill and ability to: Conduct inspections, document findings, determine correction actions, and implement compliance according to appropriate specialty codes; perform mathematical computations related to construction estimating. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; conduct inspections, document findings, determine correction actions and implement compliance according to appropriate specialty codes; establish and maintain records and reports; make decisions independently in accordance with established rules and regulations and use initiative and judgment in carrying out tasks and responsibilities; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; efficiently manage time; courteously meet and deal effectively with employees, builders, architects, engineers, city officials and the public.

Education, experience and training:

Building Inspector is a multi-certified classification requiring A-level certification in one specialty codes, supported by an one- and two-family specialty dwelling code certifications; including manufactured home certification.

Experience and training requirements for A-level and one and two family specialty dwelling code certifications are established in ORS 455.715 through .740 and OAR 918-03-000 through 075, 918-21-109.At time of appointment, must possess a valid Oregon driver's license.

Desirable qualifications: A-level certification in more than one specialty code.


Work is performed under the general direction of the building inspection supervisor. Recurring routine assignments are independently performed by employee on basis of past experience. The employee receives general instructions regarding the scope and approach to projects or assignments, but procedures and problem resolution are left to the employee's discretion and interpretation. Employee estimates and manages time efficiently. Work is reviewed periodically to ensure determinations and decisions made are in compliance to department policy and procedures.


Work is performed within established departmental policy and procedure; state statute; Oregon Uniform Building, Plumbing, and Mechanical Codes; city and county ordinances; building inspection reference materials. Building inspector uses considerable judgment in determination and enforcement of appropriate code. Deviations from these codes are referred to the Building Official.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is primarily performed in a field inspection environment and involves climbing, crawling in confined areas, hearing voice conversation, keyboarding, lifting up to 15 pounds, standing and walking in structures under construction and on uneven ground. Work is performed in an environment which involves everyday risks and discomforts and sometime adverse weather conditions requiring safety precautions. A extensive amount of driving is required.

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