The City of Independence Ohio
  • Independence, OH, USA
  • commensurate with experience
  • Salary
  • Full Time

full benefits package

Position Summary:

Under direction, enforces city property and housing codes. Inspects commercial and residential construction projects for compliance with the Ohio Building Codes.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Department Administration               

  1. Conducts inspections to ensure compliance with property and housing codes. Inspects, approves or disapproves construction for compliance with Ohio Building Codes and City Housing Codes
  2. Inspects all properties within the City to identify health and safety hazards and other code violations.
    • Notifies owner regarding code requirements, specifies appropriate corrective measures, solicits and encourages cooperation, establishes timeframe for compliance and ensures owner understanding.
    • Conducts re-inspections as necessary to ensure identified violations were corrected to code.
    • Enforces permit requirements.
  3. Maintains records reflecting inspections conducted violations identified and other pertinent data. Prepares reports as required;
  4. Investigate complaints regarding code violations;
  5. Maintains public relations with citizens, officials, and local business representatives
  6. Determines ownership of property to insure legal notification of owners;
  7. Mails legal notices for property maintenance program and maintains record of notices issued;
  8. Processes condemnations through legal notification process to demolition;
  9. Testifies in court concerning code enforcement issues;
  10. Completes daily and monthly reports reflecting inspections conducted. Prepares memorandums for assessment of charges to real property;

Necessary Competencies:                                           

  1. Communication Skills- written and verbal
  2. Customer Service
  3. Problem Solving
  4. Prioritizing
  5. Attention to detail


Knowledge of

  • Applicable federal, state and/or local building and zoning codes, ordinances, regulations and laws;
  • Building construction methods and materials;
  • Principles of structural building inspection.
  • Plumbing, electrical, heating and air conditioning systems;
  • Inspection and safety evaluation techniques;
  • Safety practices and procedures;
  • Standard office equipment including computers and related software;
  • Department and City policies and operating procedures.

Skill and Ability to:

  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with supervisor, co-workers and citizens;
  • Communicate effectively with others both verbally and in writing;
  • Use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems;
  • Understand the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making
  • Interpret and apply laws, codes, regulations and policies;
  • Prepare accurate and concise reports.

Education and Experience:

  • Education: High school diploma or equivalent; Associate or Bachelors' degree in Construction, Engineering, or Industrial Technology or related field is preferred. Must possess and maintain State of Ohio Certifications as a Building Inspector, Residential Building Inspector, Electrical Safety Inspector, and/or Plumbing Inspector.
  • Experience: If certifications above have been achieved, the required work experience has been met.  Work experience of at least 3 years with another governmental or inspection agency is preferred.
  • Professional Certifications and Licenses: Ohio Board of Building Standards certifications as Building Inspector; Residential Building Inspector; Electrical Safety Inspector and/or Plumbing Inspector.  A current, valid State of Ohio driver's license and a driving record that is acceptable to the City's risk managers and insurers.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear.  Vision demands include close, relatively detailed vision, with the ability to adjust focus when performing inspections. Employee may sit for periods of time when performing administrative work.  The employee is frequently required to stand and walk for extended periods of time, use hands to hold and control equipment; reach with hands and arms, climb and balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and somewhat frequently work in awkward or confined positions. Lift or push moderate weight (15-20 pounds).  Occasional lifting or pushing of heavy weight (20+ pounds).

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