Building Official

Description :


Job Title:         

Building   Official


Admin. Srvs.

Reports To:

Administrative Officer

Salary Grade:





$6,484.27 - $7,707.76

FLSA Classification:


Revision Date:


Under general supervision from the Planning Director, performs supervisory and administrative duties in planning and coordinating the operation of the building inspections department, which includes complex technical duties in enforcing construction codes to ensure public safety and health.

Essential Functions:

JOB DUTIES NOTE: The job duties listed are typical examples of the work performed by positions in this job classification. Not all duties assigned to every position are included, nor is it expected that all positions will be assigned every duty.

  • Supervises      Building Inspectors, Plans Examiners and Building Permit Technician(s) and      trains, evaluates and disciplines employees; assigns, monitors and      coordinates work.
  • Assists      in preparing and managing budget for building inspection division;      approves expenditures for building inspection.
  • Interprets,      provides information and advice to contractors, builders, and the general public      on all aspects of the Oregon Uniform Building Code and related regulations      and county ordinances.
  • Reviews      blueprints, plans, and sketches submitted with permit applications;      determines code conformance and reviews cost estimates; lists and explains      discrepancies and deficiencies of plans to contractors and the public;      approves plans after corrections and issues building permits.
  • Performs      on-site inspection of residential and commercial building construction to      ensure compliance with applicable codes; verifies construction is      according to approved plans; checks site locations for proper set-backs;      inspects, as certified, plumbing, heating, cooling, structural and      mechanical systems for compliance with regulations and safety      requirements.
  • Conducts      final inspection of completed work; gives official approval to acceptable      structures and installations, and rejects unacceptable work.
  • Participates      in meetings with building contractors and the general public to discuss      problem areas involved in construction authorized by permits, actions of      field inspectors, questions regarding building use or general guidance and      interpretation of various state codes.
  • Prepares      estimated personnel supplies and equipment costs for the annual planning      and development department budget.
  • Investigates      building code violations, complaints and official reports, checks      hazardous conditions; writes correction notices; issues "stop      work" orders; completes inspection forms.
  • Direct      supervision of Building Inspectors and administrative support personnel.      Plans, organizes, prioritizes, assigns, and reviews the work of staff      involved in building construction inspection and codes enforcement.      Establishes work goals and project plans.
  • Reviews      subordinate work for conformance with established policies, procedures,      standards, techniques, and Oregon Statute.
  • Prepares      performance evaluations for assigned employees. Provides guidance to      subordinate employees for overall performance improvement and career      development.
  • Performs      related administrative tasks such as answering correspondence, preparing      periodic activity reports, and directing the work of a subordinate staff.
  • Serves      as a liaison between the county and state code regulatory agencies within      the Oregon Department of Commerce.
  • Performs      other related work as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Current residential and commercial construction techniques, materials, and practices which are used by the building construction industry.
  • Construction inspection methods.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of the Oregon Uniform Building Code, Mechanical Code, Plumbing Code, Mobile Home, Administration Rules and related regulations.
  • Current literature, trends, and developments in the building construction industry.
  • Conducting structural, mechanical, plumbing and electrical inspections.
  • Communicating orally and in writing.
  • Time management.
  • Interacting with the public and others in a courteous and tactful manner.
  • Learn principles of supervision and organization.
  • Read, interpret and apply the Oregon Building Code and pertinent county ordinances and regulations.
  • Attend work as scheduled and/or required.
  • Work independently and delegate responsibility.
  • Conceive and execute plans to accomplish long-range goals.
  • Detect and locate possible defects and flaws in building construction and to initiate satisfactory corrective measures.
  • Review plans and specifications and to determine conformance with established standards.
  • Write clearly and concisely.
  • Interact courteously and tactfully with co-workers and the public.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, subordinates, other county employees, representatives of State agencies, building contractors and the public.
  • Physical strength and agility sufficient to perform the work.

Education and Experience:

Graduation from high school and five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience in inspection or the construction trades. Any satisfactory equivalent combination of experience and training which ensures the ability to perform the work may substitute for the above. Must hold a valid Oregon or Washington driver’s license.

Hold and maintain the following certifications;

  • Oregon Building Official Certification
  • Oregon Inspector Certification (OIC)
  • Building Inspector Certification
  • Building Plans Examiner Certification
  • Commercial Mechanical Inspector Certification
  • ResidentialBuilding Inspector Certification
  • Fire Plans Examiner Certification

Desirable Qualifications;

  • Oregon Specialized Plumbing Inspector (SPI) and/or Oregon Specialized Electrical      Inspector (SEI)
  • Oregon A-level Electrical or Plumbing Certification
  • Oregon A-level Structural Inspector Certification
  • Oregon one and two Family Dwelling Electrical Inspector

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Regularly works in an office environment and uses a computer, telephone and other office equipment as needed to perform duties. The noise level in the work environment is typical of that of an office. Incumbent may encounter frequent interruptions throughout the work day. 

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, talk or hear; frequently required to use repetitive hand motion, handle or feel, and to stand, walk, reach, bend or lift up to 20 pounds regularly and 30 pounds occasionally.

Contact : Human Resources
511 Washington ST., Ste 206
The Dalles, OR 97058

Deadline for Applying : Open until filled