Building code inspectors are responsible for overseeing and inspecting that building codes are followed and implementing strict regulations to prevent accidents. These individuals must be organized, good problem-solvers, and able to multitask with ease on a variety of projects. They will occasionally attend training sessions to stay up-to-date with new policies and building codes, and should always update their extensive knowledge of plumbing, electrical, and construction regulations.
Those in this position use a personal computer to keep accurate records of inspection sites and building code manuals and write detailed reports about heating, ventilation, and other zoning issues after careful inspection; they are often the first point of contact for clients and construction managers, as well. They must work well with other building code inspectors when sharing information and completing tasks, but also independently with minimal supervision.
Building code inspectors must know how to interpret and read technical drawings, blueprints, and building plans to verify correct building processes, retrieve data and research, and input information into databases. They generally work in fast-paced environments under strict deadlines, and proficiency with Microsoft Office applications to write documents and perform calculations on a regular basis are required. They must also apply excellent criteria to assess correct qualifications after evaluating building systems.
A high school diploma and a building code inspector certification are required for this position, and prior work experience in a similar capacity is highly beneficial. Additional safety and industry certifications are also helpful.
Building Code Inspector Tasks
Maintain an up-to-date working knowledge of all codes, city ordinances, state laws, and federal regulations that govern the process and procedures for construction and building operations.
Create and file detailed reports documenting the results of each investigation.
Investigate violations of building code ordinances.
Conduct independent inspections at construction sites to ensure compliance with city codes and zoning ordinances.