Pay Range 16 Breakdown

Hourly (40 hrs.)$18.7910$28.1865
Hourly (42 hrs.)$17.8962$26.8443
Hourly (56 hrs.)$13.4222$20.1332

Code Enforcement Officer I

Range: $39,085.31 - $58,627.96 (16)
Position Number: 13

JOB SUMMARY:  : This position performs technical inspections in the enforcement of the city building code, minimum housing code, nuisance code and zoning code. This position will primarily perform plumbing and building inspections on commercial construction and plumbing, building, electrical and mechanical inspections on residential construction.

Performs various building, housing and nuisance code inspections.
Responds to and investigates citizen complaints regarding alleged code violations.
Reviews residential and commercial building plans.
Reviews and approves applications for building permits
Maintains records, files, and daily work sheet.
Attends inspection and department staff meetings.
Attends educational courses and seminars to maintain required certifications.
Meets with customers to discuss plans and explain code requirements.
Inspects daycare homes and centers, group homes and adult care homes and centers.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Determines habitability of dwellings and investigates abandoned buildings for determination of repairability.
Issues warnings, official notices, stop work orders and citations as necessary to obtain compliance with appropriate codes.

Knowledge of building, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical systems construction and installation.
Knowledge of department and city policies and procedures and federal, state, and local codes, laws and regulations.
Skill in performing inspections of new and existing homes and commercial buildings.
Skill in the condemnation/demolition process of commercial buildings.
Skill in the operation of computers and other standard office equipment.
Skill in planning, organization, and decision making.
Skill in interpersonal relations.
Skill in oral and written communication.
Ability to prepare factual reports and present same to appropriate boards or commissions.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:  The Division Manager assigns work in terms of general instructions. The supervisor spot-checks completed work for compliance with procedures, accuracy, and the nature and propriety of the final results.

GUIDELINES:  Guidelines include department standard operating procedures, zoning ordinances, local, state, and national building, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing codes, and relevant city, state, and federal laws, and regulations. These guidelines require judgment, selection, and interpretation in application.

COMPLEXITY:  The work consists of varied technical inspection duties. Frequently changing codes contribute to the complexity of the position.

SCOPE AND EFFECT:  The purpose of this position is to perform inspections of new and existing buildings to enforce codes and ordinances. Successful performance ensures compliance with building, housing and nuisance codes.

PERSONAL CONTACTS:  Contacts are typically with co-workers, other city employees, builders and contractors, attorneys, property owners, and the general public.

PURPOSE OF CONTACTS:  Contacts are typically to give or exchange information, resolve problems, provide services, and negotiate or settle matters.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table, or while intermittently sitting, standing, or walking. The employee occasionally lifts light objects, climbs ladders, uses tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, and must distinguish between shades of color.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work is typically performed in an office and at inspection sites. Work may be performed outdoors and occasionally in cold or inclement weather. The work requires the use of protective devices such as masks, goggles, or gloves.


Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with completion of specialized training in the field of work, in addition to basic skills typically associated with a high school education.
Experience sufficient to thoroughly understand the work of subordinate positions to be able to answer questions and resolve problems, usually associated with one to three years experience or service.
Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver's license issued by the State of North Carolina for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.
Possession of or ability to readily obtain the appropriate state certification for the type of inspection(s) conducted. At a minimum, a level II standard certification shall be held in the following: plumbing and building. A level I standard certification shall be held in the following: mechanical and electrical. A level I standard certification in fire is preferred but not required. A Level I probationary certificate may also be considered for mechanical and electrical but as a condition of continued employment a level I standard certificate must be achieved within two years.

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