Building Codes Inspector


Posted:  6-7-2022

Closes:  Open Until Filled

Salary:  DOE


General Definition of Work: 

Performs intermediate skilled technical work performing residential, commercial, and industrial building, electrical, mechanical, or plumbing inspections, reviewing plans, maintaining appropriate records and files, preparing reports, and related work as apparent or assigned. Work is performed under the moderate supervision of the Chief Building Codes Inspector (In the absence of, the Director of Planning, Zoning, and Floodplain Management). FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Qualification Requirements:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below represent the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

New employees must hold stated certification or be prequalified as stated.

Residential Change Out Inspector: This multi-trade certificate for appliances requires successful completion of the Board course to pre-qualify BEFORE applying for either the Probationary or Standard Certificate. Once employed by a local government, during the 6- month supervised probationary period, field training on a variety of appliance changeouts must be documented on the Performance Log. Work toward Level 1 Building Codes Inspector within 3 years. Level I course is designed for those who have the primary responsibility for inspecting residential and small commercial work.

Building Codes Inspector I:  Probationary, Limited or Standard Level I in building, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical. Level I course is designed for those who have the primary responsibility for inspecting residential and small commercial work.

Building Codes Inspector II:  Standard level 2 certification in at least 2 areas with a probationary level 2 in the remaining areas. Level II course is for individuals who have the responsibility of inspecting one-story buildings up to 60,000 square feet or buildings up to 4 stories at 20,000 square feet per floor.

Building Codes Inspector III: Standard level 3 certification in at least 2 areas with a probationary level 3 in the remaining areas. Level III course is designed for individuals who have the responsibility of inspecting buildings of all sizes, including buildings larger than 60,000 square feet and higher than four stories.


Data Conception: Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable, functional, structural, or composite characteristics (whether similar or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people, or things.

Interpersonal Communication: Requires the ability to speak and/or signal people to convey or exchange information. Includes receiving instructions, assignments, or directions from superiors.

Language Ability: Requires the ability to read a variety of reports, correspondence, permits, diagrams, etc. Requires the ability to prepare a variety of correspondence, reports, forms, etc., using prescribed formats. Requires the ability to speak to people with poise, voice control, and confidence.

Intelligence: Requires the ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagrammatic form; and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to record and deliver information, explain procedures, to follow oral and written instructions. Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in a variety of technical or professional languages, including architectural, construction, electrical, plumbing, engineering, and mechanical terminology.

Numerical Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas; add and subtract; multiply and divide; calculate decimals and percentages; perform calculations involving variables, formulas, square roots, and polynomials.

Technological Aptitude Requires the ability to utilize computers, tablets, and cell phones. Requires the ability to utilize Microsoft Word, and Excel. Experience with Permitting software desired.

Form/Spatial Aptitude: Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width, and shape.

Motor Coordination: Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes rapidly and accurately in using office equipment and hand tools.

Manual Dexterity: Requires the ability to handle a variety of items, such as keyboards, control knobs, switches, hand tools, etc. Must have minimal levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.

Color Discrimination: Requires the ability to differentiate between colors and shades of color.

Interpersonal Temperament: The ability to deal with people beyond giving and receiving instructions. Must be adaptable to performing under stress and when confronted with persons acting under stress.

Physical Communication: Requires the ability to talk and hear: (Talking: expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words. Hearing: perceiving the nature of sounds by ear.) Must be able to communicate via the telephone.

Essential Functions:

Performs field inspections and reinspection of residential, commercial, industrial, and public facilities for compliance with building, plumbing, electrical or mechanical codes. Inspects existing buildings for hazardous conditions, structural failures, or improper uses. Confers with contractors and owners on code compliance matters. Review building plans and specifications for compliance with codes. Issues warnings and stop-work orders if necessary where construction is not being conducted in compliance with regulations as to methods and/or materials; testifies in court on code violation cases. Prepares reports and maintains records regarding inspections. Receives complaints regarding defective construction and handles enforcement problems. Answers questions from private citizens, contractors, and builders; does basic plan checking to determine compliance with codes.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

General knowledge of all types of building construction materials and methods, and of stages of construction when possible violations and defects may be most easily observed and corrected; general knowledge of State building and related codes and laws and ordinances; ability to detect poor electrical workmanship, inferior materials, and hazards of fire and collapse; ability to read and interpret plans, specifications, and blueprints accurately and to compare them with construction in the process; ability to contact building owners, contractors and the public and effect satisfactory working relationships; firmness and tact in enforcing building codes; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates.

Education and Experience:

High school diploma or GED and moderate experience in construction trades work, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Physical Requirements:

This work requires the occasional exertion of up to 50 pounds of force; work regularly requires standing, walking and using hands to finger, handle or feel, frequently requires speaking or hearing and occasionally requires sitting, climbing or balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling, reaching with hands and arms, pushing or pulling and lifting; work has standard vision requirements; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word and conveying detailed or important instructions to others accurately, loudly or quickly; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels and to receive detailed information through oral communications and/or to make fine distinctions in sound; work requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data, visual inspection involving small defects and/or small parts, using measuring devices, operating motor vehicles or equipment and observing general surroundings and activities; work regularly requires exposure to outdoor weather conditions, frequently requires working near moving mechanical parts and exposure to the risk of electrical shock and occasionally requires working in high, precarious places, exposure to fumes or airborne particles and exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals; work is generally in a loud noise location (e.g. grounds maintenance, heavy traffic).

Special Requirements:

Possession of certificate(s) from the North Carolina Code Officials Qualification Board at a level specified by the County and State for the area(s) of inspection. Possession of valid North Carolina driver’s license.

Valid driver's license in the State of North Carolina. Obtain prequalification from NCOI if not currently in possession of certificate(s)

Camden County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Contact Human Resources

Beverly Fonville Human Resources Post Office Box 190 330 US Highway 158 East Camden, NC 27921 252-338-6363 ext. 315