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Combination Inspector/Plans Examiner

Combination Inspector/Plans Examiner

Job Title: Combination Inspector/Plans Examiner
Closing Date/Time: Open till Filled
Salary: $24.78 - $40.20 Hourly
Job Type: Classified (Full-Time with benefits)
Location: Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Department: Development Services Dept./Building Division

Performs intermediate skilled technical work inspecting existing buildings and buildings under construction for compliance with State and local building codes and ordinances, performs commercial and residential building plan reviews interpreting and advising on codes, policies, and procedures, reviewing and interpreting building and structural construction documents and reports, performing site inspections, coordinating plan reviews with other City departments, maintaining records and files, preparing and/or reviewing reports, and related work as apparent or assigned. Work is performed under the general direction of the Building Official.

Associate/Technical degree with coursework in building construction or related field and moderate experience in building inspection, building construction, and building safety plan review/inspections or equivalent combination of education and experience.

The ideal candidate is an effective team player who combines technical expertise with superb communication skills in order to provide excellent customer service. They will be knowledgeable in various construction trades and will possess all or any combination of education, experience, training, and certification that would enhance their ability to perform the essential duties of the position within the Building Division.

Possession of Commercial Building Inspector Certification issued by the International Code Council (ICC) at hire.

Possession of Building Plans Examiner Certification issued by the International Code Council (ICC) at hire.

Possession of Fire Inspector I Certification issued by the International Code Council (ICC) at hire.

Possession of or ability to obtain one (1) additional International Code Council (ICC) certification from the following categories: Commercial Electrical Inspector, Commercial Mechanical Inspector, or Commercial Plumbing Inspector within one (1) year of hire.

National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) training based on assignment. 

Must meet and maintain all training and education requirements for the position. 

Valid Driver's License of the appropriate class. 

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required and are subject to changes as needs and job requirements change. Position assignments may vary. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Building Inspector

Performs inspections of various phases of residential, industrial, and commercial building construction for compliance with the various building codes; field checks of electrical, plumbing, and mechanical installations for proper installation and use of materials to ensure code compliance; inspects construction of masonry retaining walls for compliance to site plans and structural design.

Advises and interprets codes to laymen, contractors, and architects, and others as required.

Investigates alleged building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, or accessibility issues using knowledge of various codes and processes to ensure that minimum code standards are met; issues stop work orders as needed.

Inspects damaged or dilapidated buildings for safety; assesses the extent of damage and necessary permits required for repair and/or reconstruction.

Inspects existing buildings for change of use of occupancy for compliance with applicable codes and ordinances.

Maintains records of inspections of all phases of construction, and inputs inspection results.

Reviews and approves reports submitted by testing agencies, engineers, and architects.

Receives phone calls, and answers questions about inspection schedules, code requirements, and municipal code requirements.

Testifies in Court as an expert witness when criminal citations are issued for code violations.

Performs other duties as assigned. 

Plans Examiner

Examines plans and specifications for commercial, industrial, multi-family projects, residential single-family homes, duplexes, and townhouses to determine compliance with the provisions of the City's building, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing codes and accessibility ordinances.

Identifies defects or inadequacies; prepares plan check correction reports and requires that plan corrections be made to meet the requirements of applicable City codes.

Provides technical assistance related to City Codes to homeowners, real estate agents, drafters, architects, and engineers through communication at the Permit Counter, emails, and telephone calls.

Confers with architects, engineers, contractors, and owners on proposed projects to resolve problems; provides technical information and recommendations during plan review of requests to use alternate materials or modifications to code provisions.

Examines plans and specifications for commercial projects at the Permit Counter to determine if the submittal is complete enough to conduct a plan review.

Evaluates test reports and calculations such as truss reports, structural calculations, electrical load calculations, soil analysis reports, etc.

Approves plans if applicable; calculates all permit fees; enters into permitting system and prepares a complete package for Customer Service Specialists.

Conducts field inspections to determine engineering integrity or proper installation of unusual designs, materials, and equipment and coordinates solutions and requirements with building inspectors.

Runs commercial, industrial, and multi-family pre-application meetings with owners, developers, architects, and engineers to explain the submittal process; answers technical questions and provides feedback for City code compliance.

Performs other duties as assigned. 

Operates and maintains motor vehicles or other work-related equipment requiring a valid Arizona driver's license. 


Thorough knowledge of the application of laws, rules and regulations, policies and procedures relating to building inspections and construction; thorough knowledge of municipal land use, development ordinances, real estate development, subdivision regulations, building codes, other construction-related ordinances, and other related City rules and procedures; thorough knowledge of planning disciplines; general knowledge of theory, principals, and practices of community development 

Skill in the use of personal computers, associated software packages, hardware, and peripheral equipment; skill in planning and technical writing; skill in building and housing inspections and making appropriate recommendations; skill in analytical, quantitative, problem-solving, organization, and time-management; skill in preparing reports and general correspondence; skill in data gathering, analysis and compilation technique for report preparation; skill in dispute resolution. 

Ability to understand, interpret, explain and apply policies and procedures; ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; ability to exercise sound judgment in analyzing situations and in reaching decisions quickly; ability to deal effectively with people from diverse backgrounds; ability to drive safely under various traffic road and weather conditions in carrying out daily inspection schedules over a wide geographical area; ability to conduct a high volume of inspections efficiently and effectively; ability to conduct thorough inspections, accurately document conditions that do not meet standards, and prepare clear and concise reports; ability to use acute observational skills to identify dwelling unit problems which others have attempted to hide; ability to read maps and locate streets and addresses quickly and efficiently; ability to manage a high volume of on-site interactions and demonstrate tact and sensitivity to issues involved; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, supervisors, property owners, contractors, business and community leaders, elected officials, vendors, regulatory agencies, other departments, engineers, architects, specialized inspectors, real estate agents, drafters, and the general public.

Applicants for employment opportunities should be aware of the Lake Havasu City policies concerning the use of drugs and alcohol. These policies have not been altered by the passage of Proposition 207. The use of recreational marijuana is a violation of the City's Drug Free Workplace Policy. All positions within the City are required to submit to a pre-employment drug test. A positive result for drugs tested under the policy, including recreational marijuana, may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment.  

 The City reserves the right to consider only the most highly qualified applicants. The succeeding examination processes may be required: training and experience, testing, panel interview, employment eligibility verification (EEV) requirements, personnel evaluation profile (PEP), polygraph test, background investigation and alcohol/drug screening test. Appointment subject to a successful background investigation and City paid post-employment medical examination after offer of employment has been made.

Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Education Level : Associate Degree

Experience Level : Mid to Senior Level

Job Function : General

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