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This classification performs complex duties related to building code and land use enforcement; observe building and development activities and determine compliance to county and state codes. Incumbent will conduct investigations and implement corrective action. This position works within the building department in conjunction with planning department.


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

1. In consultation with building official and planning manager, establish and implement procedures for building code and land use enforcement activities emphasizing cooperative remedy of verified cases of noncompliance with county and state codes. Establish procedures for referral of noncompliance cases with reference to areas of jurisdiction.

2. Receive land use and building construction complaints; conduct field investigations and review files to determine if action should be taken. Interview complainants, defendants and witnesses; analyze and evaluate statements; prepare written reports of findings. Examine a variety of records to secure information concerning suspected cases of noncompliance. Resolve complaints or violations within scope of authority.

3. Gather and report facts, statements or affidavits and other information for use in legal actions and initiate appropriate action as required. Prepare detailed reports of investigations. Determine all evidence is properly recorded and stored. Work closely with the Sheriff's Office, District Attorney, and County Counsel in proceeding against cases which are not resolved by cooperative means.

4. Represent the department to the community; provide information regarding enforcement to contractors, builders and public.

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. Monitor compliance with conditions of approval of land use actions and permits approved under the Land Use and Development Ordinance to ensure compliance with requirements of approval.


Knowledge of: Thorough knowledge of investigative techniques and procedures which include rules of evidence and court procedures; considerable knowledge of statutes, Oregon Specialty codes, city and county ordinances that govern land use and development; reasonable knowledge of general procedure used in court system. Skill in: Conducting inspections/investigations, document findings, determine corrective action, and implement compliance according to appropriate land use and development ordinance or specialty codes; report writing. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; analyze and evaluate in both oral and written forms; analyze and evaluate statements of witnesses and obtain evidence; make decisions independently in accordance with established policies and procedures and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, other agency representatives, builders, developers, law enforcement officials, District Attorney, attorneys, courts and the public.

Education, experience and training: Two years experience in building inspection, zoning administration, law enforcement public administration or investigative experience OR a satisfactory equivalent combination of work related education, experience and training. At time of appointment, must possess valid Oregon driver's license.In addition, in order to perform specialty code inspection duties and responsibilities, incumbent must have one and two family structural and mechanical certifications. Must be able to obtain manufactured home inspection certification within six months of hire. Experience and training requirements for certifications are established in ORS 455.715 through .740 and OAR 918-03-000 through -075, 918-21-109.

Desirable qualifications: A-level structural and mechanical certifications.


Work is performed under the general direction of both the building official and planning manager. 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 employee 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, county and city statutes, ordinances, rules and regulations; Oregon Uniform Building, Plumbing, and Mechanical Codes; Land Use and Development Ordinance and inspection reference materials. Incumbent uses considerable judgment in determination and enforcement of appropriate code. Deviations from these codes are referred to the building official and the planning manager or director.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  The work duties are divided between field and office locations. While in the office, work is mostly sedentary which requires hearing voice conversation, keyboarding and standing at the counter. Field inspection requires bending, climbing, crawling in confined areas, standing and walking. Work environment is in structures under construction, uneven ground and involves everyday risks and discomforts and sometime adverse weather conditions requiring safety precautions. A considerable amount of driving is required.

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