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Building Official

Department: Community Development
Location: Fayetteville, GA

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential job functions satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary job functions herein described. Since every duty associated with this position may not be described herein, employees may be required to perform duties not specifically spelled out in the job description, but which may be reasonably considered to be incidental in the performing of their duties just as though they were actually written out in this job description.

Department: Community Development

Pay Grade: 319

FLSA Status: Exempt

JOB SUMMARY

This position is a supervisory and technical position responsible for the interpretation and enforcement of the City codes/ordinances including structural, plumbing, electrical, mechanical codes, erosion control, care of premises, and other building construction related ordinances. Work also involves performing many skilled technical tasks including plan review, analysis, and construction inspection.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Directs, supervises, and conducts building and field inspections for compliance with the City building, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical codes; directs and supervises the issuance of permits; establishes priorities and departmental goals; instructs and trains in correct methods and procedures; monitors work; and reviews and evaluates employee performance.
  • Oversees, plans, and implements code enforcement services; reports on progress; determines procedures to use to accomplish department goals; may supervise other staff.
  • Interprets and enforces codes and ordinances that apply to new construction, renovation, repair, demolition, zoning, erosion control, signage, and care of premises activities; ensures that codes/ordinances are administered effectively, consistently, and fairly; and recommends and prepares revisions to City codes and ordinances.
  • Consults with the Cityís engineer(s) on inspections requiring engineering evaluation or technical assistance.
  • Serves as permit software administrator; monitors software; corrects input errors; and trains employees in proper use of software.
  • Reviews construction plans for compliance with City codes/ordinances; authorizes the issuance of building permits; coordinates reviews with other departments; and condemns unsafe building structures to protect public health and safety.
  • Authorizes the issuance of certificates of occupancy for buildings that have been constructed in accordance with all appropriate City codes and ordinances.
  • Issues citations, stop-work orders, and warnings when code/ordinance violations are not corrected; prepares documentary evidence; appears in court; and testifies against persons issued citations.
  • Develops and implements policies and procedures to enhance the operation of the department; ensures employees comply with City and department policies, procedures, and safety rules.
  • Inspects City facilities as required by the City Managerí provides technical assistance to staff, Planning and Zoning (P & Z) Commission, and City Council.
  • Acts as spokesperson for the department in explaining the codes, ordinances, and regulations to City staff, developers, contractors, and the general public.
  • Prepares regular reports on the activities of the department including permits and violations; ensures the maintenance and update of hard copy files and computer files on inspection related activities.
  • Assists in preparation of the annual departmental operating budget; monitors and controls expenditures within approved budget; and forwards purchase requisitions and payment requests.
  • Develops and prepares department staff position papers on selected topics; attends P & Z Commission and City Council meetings as needed; and advises each on technical matters related to inspection and code enforcement activities.
  • Operates City vehicle in the performance of duties and/or to attend training programs.
  • Continues training with emphasis on current computer applications, supervisory skills, and job-related duties, as determined by department.
  • Completes core classes required by the City.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience:

  • Requires Bachelorís Degree in Engineering, Architecture, or related field from an accredited college or university; and
  • Seven (7) years of work experience as an architect, engineer, inspector, contractor, or superintendent of construction; prefer experience in engineering or construction work within a public building inspection program; or
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience.

Licenses or Certifications:

  • Possess or obtain certification from the International Code Council (ICC) for enforcement of the Standard Building Code, Standard Mechanical Code, Standard Plumbing Code, the CABO One and Two Family Dwelling Code, and the National Electrical Code; or Building Official certification from the International Code Council (ICC); or equivalent combination of certifications.

Special Requirements:

  • None.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of municipal building, zoning, and related codes, ordinances, and regulations.
  • Knowledge of inspection techniques and practices.
  • Knowledge of effective supervisory practices, methods and techniques.
  • Knowledge of building materials and construction methods and practices.
  • Knowledge of City and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Ability to understand and interpret construction drawings and specifications, site plans and contract documents to determine compliance with City codes and ordinances.
  • Ability to plan, direct, and supervise the work of subordinate personnel.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, orally, and in writing.
  • Ability to handle stressful situations with tact and courtesy.
  • Ability to successfully complete core classes required by City.
  • Ability to interpret codes and resolve field problems offering acceptable alternative solutions.
  • Ability to conduct effective inspections in determining compliance.
  • Ability to review and analyze plans and specifications and to read maps and plats.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with builders, contractors, and the general public.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City employees, City officials, property owners, developers, contractors, and the general public.
  • Ability to drive and operate the departmentís assigned vehicles and equipment in a safe and efficient manner.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The work is sedentary work and requires exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Additionally, the following physical abilities are required: balancing, climbing, crawling, crouching, feeling, grasping, hearing, kneeling, mental acuity, reaching, repetitive motion, speaking, standing, stooping, talking, visual acuity, and walking.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

Work is performed indoors and outdoors in all kinds of weather conditions.

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