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Pay Range GC22


This classification serves as assistant to the building official and assumes responsibility in the absence of the official; coordinates and supervises daily operations of the building department and inspection support staff; plans and evaluates programs and projects both independently and jointly with building official; monitor departmental policy and procedure; perform regular to complex duties of building inspector and plans examiner.

Building inspection supervisor is a multi-certified inspector having received A-level certifications, which includes fire and life safety, through state administered testing in three inspection areas, supported by an one- and two-family dwelling certification; including manufactured home and recreational vehicle park 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.

Inspection code levels as outlined in state specialty codes are:

Level A - Inspect and approve work related to buildings and other structures of all complexities; inspect and approve all mechanical and plumbing systems.

Plans examiner level as outlined by state are:

Level A - Approve plans and specifications for buildings and other structures of all complexities.


(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples.)

1. Supervise daily departmental operations and support staff, and is involved in selecting, determining work schedules, training, and evaluating staff.

2. Provide information regarding permits, specialty codes, and compliance procedures to architects, engineers, builders, and the public.

3. Determine value of structure and necessary permits and fees; coordinate permit issuance with utilities, planning and sanitary agencies; issue permits.

4. Document inspections/plans examinations and establish and maintain recordkeeping.

5. Inspect and evaluate structures while being constructed, remodeled repaired (in areas of structural , mechanical, and/or plumbing); approve or disapprove work; write correction notices; enforce appropriate State specialty codes, ORS, OAR, city and County ordinances; work with builders to assure construction, remodeling, or repair is in compliance with approved plans and State building, mechanical, grading, and plumbing codes. Issue stop work order, if necessary.

6. Examine and evaluate building plans and specifications for structural, mechanical, plumbing, fire/life safety and zoning code compliance and accepted engineering practices; approve or disapprove plans; enforce appropriate state specialty codes, ORS, OAR, city and county ordinances.

7. Participate in program and project management/coordination, planning, evaluating departmental procedures, and budget preparation and monitoring expenditures. Serve as assistant to building official and assume responsibility in absence of the official. Establish and monitor policy and procedures. Compile and prepare reports and correspondence.


Knowledge of: Thorough knowledge of building construction, mechanical, and plumbing principles, practices, and procedures as applied to industrial, commercial, and residential construction; thorough knowledge of construction and manufactured home inspection methods; thorough knowledge of ORS, OAR, Oregon specialty codes, city and county ordinances and zoning regulations that govern building, mechanical, plumbing inspection; considerable knowledge of structural engineering/design to determine structural soundness of plans and specifications; considerable knowledge of management/coordination of building department program and projects. Skill and ability to: Read and interpret blueprints, plans, and specifications; skill and ability to conduct plans examination inspections, document findings, determine corrective actions, and implement compliance; perform mathematical computations related to construction estimating; ability to establish and maintain records and reports and monitor budget expenditures. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; make decisions independently in accordance with established policy and procedures, establish new policies when applicable, and use initiative and judgement in completing tasks and responsibilities; conduct research and to compile and analyze technical data; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; supervise and lead a support staff; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, state and city agencies, public agencies, builders, architects, engineers, contractors committees and the public.

Education, experience and training: Building inspection supervisor is a multi-certified classification requiring A-level certifications through State administered testing in three inspection areas, including Fire and Life Safety, supported by an one-and two-family dwelling certification; including manufactured home inspection, and two years progressively responsible work experience in building inspection which includes one year management/supervisory experience OR any satisfactory equivalent combination of experience and training. At time of appointment, must possess a valid Oregon driver's license.

Desirable qualifications: As outlined by Oregon Revised Statute, one of the accepted criteria an applicant most possess in order to be qualified to take the examination and receive an A-level certification is a professional engineer (PE) or licensed architect status. Douglas County will give preference to applicants with a PE licensure.


Work is performed under the guidance of the building official. The employee works independently in administering a complex area of responsibility and confers with supervisor for professional advice. Discretion is required in applying general goal and policy statements, in development of recommendations, policies and procedures and in resolving program problems. Work is accomplished within a broad framework, with authority and responsibility in area of service. Periodic reviews of work performance are conducted in terms of expected results.


Work is performed within established departmental policy and procedures, state statute, Oregon Uniform Building, Mechanical, Plumbing Codes, city and county ordinances, zoning regulations, building inspection and engineering reference material, and manufacture manuals. Employee uses seasoned judgment in choosing and interpreting appropriate guidelines. Deviations from these codes are referred to the Building Official.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is primarily performed in an office environment. While in the office, work is mostly sedentary and requires hearing voice conversations and keyboarding. Field inspection work may be necessary. Field assignments for inspections require bending, climbing, kneeling, lifting up to 15 pounds, reaching 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 reasonable amount of driving is required.

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