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Chief Building Inspector

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DEFINITION: Under general direction, assists the Building and Development Official in administering County building ordinances; assists in the division's management and program planning; performs related duties as required.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Plans and directs the work of area supervising inspectors; assists in building inspection program planning for the division; provides technical assistance in at least one specialty field such as plumbing, electrical, mechanical, state handicap, energy or structural plan review; may perform inspections and plan checks which include complex technical building problems; confers with county officials, owners, architects, engineers, contractors, and others as building code interpretations and applications; reviews operations of branch offices; acts as Building and Safety Division training office; participates in selecting, assigning, and training staff and other personnel actions; assists the Building and Development Official and Senior Development Engineer as necessary.


1. Four years of experience performing duties in the field of building code inspection and enforcement, including at least one year supervising other building inspectors; or,
2. one year of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Building Engineering Inspector, Supervising with Santa Barbara County; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Requirements: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License is required.

Knowledge of: State and local laws and regulations pertaining to building inspection and safety; current principles and practices of building inspection, plan check, and permit issuance in all phases of general inspection and at least one specialty field; building methods and materials; general personnel practices.

Ability to: plan and administer building division programs; direct building inspection personnel; plan and oversee division training; study building code changes and inspection requirements and recommend necessary changes to meet them; perform difficult building inspections and plan checks; work cooperatively with the public, county officials, building contractors, property owners, civic and professional groups and others; prepare correspondence and reports.

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