City of Indianapolis and Marion County
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Building Inspector - Bureau of Construction Services
at City of Indianapolis and Marion County
- Position Summary
Position is responsible for conducting field inspections and initiating administrative enforcement actions to ensure compliance with applicable Federal, State and Local Codes and Ordinances pertaining to building construction. Employee must be able to read and interpret building codes, obtain ICC certifications, City of Indianapolis - Marion County ordinances, and other related regulations. In addition, the employee must be able to respond to complaints, document investigation activities and initiate enforcement actions including legal case preparation. Contacts may occasionally be adversarial in nature and the employee must use skill and judgment to resolve both technical and interpersonal problems related to code compliance.
- Position Responsibilities
Conducts field inspections of construction activity for residential, multi-family, commercial, industrial, and high rise construction to determine compliance with appropriate codes, ordinances, and regulations.
Monitors construction sites for posting of requisite permits and enforces non-compliance. Typical inspection types are footings and foundations, framing, and final inspection including all phases of electrical, plumbing, and heating/cooling activities and posting of requisite permits.
Issues appropriate violation notices indicating code deficiencies, orders to stop work, and prepares orders forbidding occupancy of a structure or portion of a structure.
Appears and testifies in court as a professional and expert witness as requested.
Maintains daily activity logs.
Enters detailed inspection results on a field computer into an established database management system.
Meets with contractors to discuss and/or alleviate violations.
This list of duties and responsibilities is not intended to be all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities that management may deem necessary from time to time.
High School Diploma or Equivalent and minimum of two (2) years related work experience in construction industry required. Trade school certificate/apprenticeship and one (1) year related work experience in the building construction industry, or a college degree in construction management, construction technology, engineering, architecture or a related field preferred. Additionally, the candidate must have the ability to obtain and hold Special Police Powers issued by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD). Ability to obtain International Code Council (ICC) certification as a Residential Building Inspector within 85 days of hire. Ability to obtain and hold additional ICC certifications per the department policy. Working knowledge of a personal computer, copy and facsimile machines, in addition to principles, methods and equipment used in construction trades. Must be able to solve practical problems with tact, diplomacy, and deal with a variety of people in a variety of situations. Ability to interpret construction drawings and specifications; possess knowledge of applicable building codes and city ordinance Chapters 536 and 875; and an ability to create accurate and concise written reports. Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing to both internal and external customers. On a weekly rotational basis, inspectors are required to be on call and available 24 hours a day and seven days a week to respond to after hour investigation and/or inspection requests. During weather events and other emergency situations, inspectors are required to be available to conduct Emergency Damage Assessments. Must have and retain a valid Indiana Driver's license and have the ability to operate a City vehicle is required. Familiarity with City and County streets and ability to read city maps. Must be a Marion County resident within six (6) months from date of hire. Employee in this position receives direction from the Supervisor in the Bureau of Construction Services – Department of Business and Neighborhood Services.
- Independent Judgment
Actions and judgments are controlled through the application of laws, rules, regulations, standards, guidelines, City policies and procedures and state and municipal codes. Incumbent utilizes independent judgment when determining compliance with building codes and violations; issuing orders of violation and determines appropriate action to be taken. A supervisor in the Bureau of Construction Services is generally available; however, incumbent spends most of the time in the field, but may call for assistance from a supervisor.