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Building Inspector
ID 10665
Pay Range $24.38
Advertise Close Date 10/6/23
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Building Inspector

Classification Title: Building Trades Inspector 1 or 2, C20 or C24

Location: 440 Court Street, Clearwater, FL 33756

Schedule: Monday - Friday; 7:45 AM - 4:15 PM


Building inspections are an important service provided by our County to protect the public against hazards caused by defective materials and workmanship in building constructions and as our County continues to develop, we are currently looking for Building Inspectors to join our team.  This is technical work enforcing building codes and regulations. Duties involve inspecting and testing buildings and installations or office work reviewing and interpreting approved plans and specifications for compliance with applicable building codes and regulations. An employee in this classification is responsible for protecting the public against hazards caused by defective materials and workmanship in building constructions. Duties require skilled technical examinations and the application of standard trade practices to building inspections. The incumbent may work in the field as assigned throughout the unincorporated areas of the county. The incumbent reports to a lead inspector, supervisor, management official or designee.


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Biweekly Medical Plan Premiums

Employee Only: $12.12

Employee and Spouse or Domestic Partner: $139.97

Employee and Child(ren): $111.66

Family: $229.32








Essential Job Functions

  • Checks each project for defects, omissions, violations, and other departures from correct procedure and county building codes.

  • Makes technical inspections of signs, new buildings and installations or modification of existing building constructions. Issues notice of non-compliance where work is not correct and directs to the attention of the Chief Building Inspector.

  • Inspects all work upon completion and signs permit giving final approval for the county that the work is safe for life and property.

  • Makes routine and periodic inspections of area assigned to check for violations and hazardous conditions. Investigates complaints of defective building installations reported as safety hazards; makes re-inspections as directed; reports violations.

  • Performs building tests on equipment and materials as directed.

  • May assist in the initial training of lower level Building Inspectors.

  • May perform data entry and retrieval functions in researching violations and scheduling inspections.

  • Performs related work as assigned or required.


Position Specific Requirements

  • Possession and maintenance of a valid State of Florida Driver’s License upon hire with eligibility based upon evaluation of a Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) driving report.

  • Assignment to work a variety of work schedules including compulsory work periods in special, emergency, and/or disaster situations.

Building Inspector 1  

  • High School Diploma or equivalent (G.E.D.) or vocational school graduate and five (5) years of experience in the field of construction or a related field.

  • An equivalent combination of education, training, and/or experience that meets eligibility requirements according to one of the criteria in Florida Statute 468 covering examinations and certifications for persons who take the examination for certification as a Building Code Inspector.

  • (Note:  Candidate must secure and continually maintain a valid certificate as a State of Florida Building Inspector in accordance with the requirements of FS 468.).

  • An equivalent combination of education, training, and/or experience.

Building Inspector 2 

  • Must possess valid certification as a Building Inspector as recognized by the State of Florida (Certificate) and five (5) years of experience as a trades foreman, contractor, or at a similar supervisory level, 3 years as a building inspector; or

  • Certification and an Associate’s degree in an engineering, planning, construction, or related field, or completion of a two (2) year vocational or technical diploma or certification in a related field and three (3) years as a building inspector; or

  • Certification and a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, construction, or related field and one (1) year as a building inspector; or

  • An equivalent combination of education, training, and/or experience. 


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the methods and materials involved in building construction, and of standard building testing devices.

  • Knowledge of possible defects and faults in construction or hazardous conditions and of effective corrective measures.

  • Knowledge of the regulations governing building construction in the unincorporated areas of the county.

  • Ability to read and interpret building construction plans and specifications, and to recognize deviations from such plans in the construction process.

  • Ability to apply computer applications and software.

  • Ability to diagnose defects and hazards in old and new building construction and enforce specifications and regulations firmly, tactfully, and impartially.

  • Ability to express oneself clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.

  • Ability to keep records and to prepare and submit reports.

  • Ability to complete the continuing education required by the state.


Physical/Mental Demands

The work is medium work which requires exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.  Additionally, the following physical abilities are required: 

  • Balancing: Maintaining  body equilibrium to prevent falling while walking, standing or crouching on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces. The amount of balancing exceeds that needed for ordinary locomotion and maintenance of body equilibrium.

  • Climbing: Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. Body agility is emphasized.

  • Crawling: Moving about on hands and knees or hands and feet.

  • Crouching: Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine.

  • Feeling: Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips.

  • Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing, or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand as in handling.

  • Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.

  • Handling: Picking, holding, or otherwise working, primarily with the whole hand.

  • Kneeling: Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees.

  • Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position. Occurs to a considerable degree and requires substantial use of upper extremities and back muscles.

  • Pulling: Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.

  • Pushing: Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward.

  • Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.

  • Visual ability: Sufficient to effectively operate office equipment including copier, computer, etc.; and to read and write reports, correspondence, instructions, etc.

  • Hearing ability: Sufficient to hold a conversation with other individuals both in person and over a telephone; and to hear recordings on transcription device.

  • Speaking ability: Sufficient to communicate effectively with other individuals in person and over a telephone.

  • Mental acuity: Ability to make rational decisions through sound logic and deductive processes.

  • Stooping: Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist. Occurs to a considerable degree and requires full motion of the lower extremities and back muscles.

  • Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word including those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.

  • Repetitive motion: Substantial movements (motions) of the wrist, hands, and/or fingers.

  • Standing: Particularly for sustained periods of time.

  • Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.


Working Conditions

  • Work is performed in an environment where errors can lead to significant physical or mental consequences for self or others. 


This position has supplemental questions. If unable to complete all questions, you may save your answers as a draft during the application process and return at any time prior to the closing date. Please note that the application is complete upon final submission.

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