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Grading Inspector

Salary: $21.01-$25.65 hourly / $3,654-$4,461 monthly / Range: 5438

DEFINITION: Under immediate supervision, learns and assists in grading inspection, reviewing grading and drainage plans, and processing permits; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Grading Inspector I is the entry level class in which incumbents receive training and close supervision and are expected to obtain sufficient knowledge and skills to progress to the journey level within a reasonable period of time.

The Grading Inspector series is distinguished from the Building Engineering Inspector series in that the Grading Inspectors enforce grading codes and ordinances and do not have any specific certification requirements. Building Engineering Inspectors enforce building codes and regulations and must, within a year at the journey level, obtain a certification in one of the specialty areas of building inspection such as mechanical, electrical, or plumbing.


1. Reads plans and specifications to assure code compliance during plan check and inspections;
2. Assists applicants in completing grading permit applications; answers questions regarding grading code requirements and conditions at the public counter and on the phone;
3. Calculates fees for grading permits; keeps and maintains records of permits and fees;
4. Conducts inspections of simple lot residential grading and drainage projects; learns to review and respond to complaints regarding unpermitted grading violations; and prepares documentation and evidence for cases related to violations; and,
5. Learns to conduct more complex grading projects.


1. One year of experience in grading and/or excavation that would provide knowledge of the basic principles of soil mechanics and geology as applied to grading; or,
2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

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

Knowledge of: basic grading and drainage methods and equipment; basic principles of soil mechanics and geology as applied to grading; standard English usage and grammar; standard record-keeping methods and practices; accepted customer service practices; arithmetic.

Ability to: read and interpret grading and drainage plans and specifications; learn grading ordinances and applicable codes and interpret their application; communicate with the public to secure cooperation and maintain effective working relationships; communicate technical information in an understandable way; represent the department with tact and diplomacy; learn to make appropriate decisions within established guidelines; keep accurate records; use a computer and related software; calculate volume and area; and learn to calculate slopes.

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