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Building Inspector I, II & Senior

County of Sonoma
SANTA ROSA, CA Full time
Posted on November 30, 2017

Building Inspector I, II & Senior

$4,285 - $7,277/Monthly 

Permit Sonoma seeks applicants with multiple years of experience in the building/construction trades. For more information & to apply online, visit


Apply by 12/18/17! 

Become a Building Inspector with the County of Sonoma!

If you are interested in applying at the II and/or Senior levels of this opportunity, you must apply to the separate recruitments being conducted for each level.

What makes Sonoma County a great choice

In addition to generous starting pay, and expansive opportunities for growth and development through continuous training and education, the County of Sonoma offers the opportunity to be part of a challenging and rewarding environment, and the satisfaction of knowing that you're working to better the community. You can also look forward to some excellent benefits*, including:

·         A cash allowance of approximately $600 per month

·         An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $500

·         Competitive vacation and accommodating sick leave accruals, and 11 holidays per year

·         Eligibility for a 5% salary increase after 1040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a 5% salary increase every year thereafter for good work performance, until reaching the top of the salary range

·         Significant County paid premium contribution to several health plan options

·         County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits

*Salary is negotiable commensurate with experience, salary history, and requirements. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice.

When you join the County of Sonoma, you have the freedom to explore the beauty of our county. For additional information regarding our picturesque coastline, majestic redwoods, historic towns, fine dining, award winning wineries, and a wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities, please visit and
Working in Permit Sonoma
Permit Sonoma is Sonoma County's consolidated land use planning and development permitting agency. Land development or construction that takes place in the unincorporated area of Sonoma County (outside the 9 incorporated cities) is reviewed, permitted, and inspected by Permit Sonoma. They support the community by balancing resource stewardship, with the development and maintenance of standards that protect public health and safety. It is Permit Sonoma's mission to serve the people of Sonoma County by providing a customer-focused process for the orderly development of real property.
As a Permit Sonoma Building Inspector I, you will learn to perform a variety of visual inspections, including building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, floodplain, and fire and life safety. Inspectors at the I level build upon their journey-level construction experience by learning how to check building plans and layouts for conformance to building codes, County ordinances, and departmental policies and procedures. Ideal candidates for Building Inspector I positions will possess 4 years of experience in building/construction trades:

·         Applying provisions of the California Building, Housing, Plumbing, Electrical and Mechanical codes, Fire Safe Standards, and related State and County codes and ordinances

·         Reviewing plans and specifications and recognizing construction which deviates from plans

·         Exercising excellent judgment and a common sense approach to addressing customer service challenges


Note: To help ensure you effectively submit your application materials, please review the Minimum Qualifications; Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities; and Selection Procedure sections of this job announcement.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Graduation from high school and recent academic course work relating to the knowledge and abilities is required.

Experience: At least four years of full-time paid experience as an accredited Journey-level trades person, contractor or inspector in the building or construction trade.

Licenses: Possession of certification as a Building Inspector in one or more disciplines is required within one year of employment. Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including necessary special endorsements, as required by the State of California to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Working knowledge of: the provisions of the California Building, Housing, Plumbing, Electrical and Mechanical codes, Fire Safe Standards, and related State and County codes and ordinances; modern building and construction materials, and their quality as it relates to industry standards, State and County codes and ordinances, and of tools, practices and techniques used in the various building and construction trades, energy conservation and access for the disabled, earthquake safety, and flood plain regulations; the use of electronic information equipment and specific systems as used within the department.

Ability to: effectively and accurately interpret building plans, blueprints, layouts and specifications; write and speak clearly and concisely for the purpose of instructions and reports; make visual inspections, detect deviations from approved plans, specifications and to insure compliance and enforce State and County codes and ordinances; visually detect substandard building and construction materials and work; understand and verbally or visually interpret and clarify specific State and County codes and ordinance requirements; establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, contractors, the public and other agencies; work effectively with a minimum of direction; exercise initiative to complete work within a prescribed time limit; effectively evaluate situations and identify problems in the field and independently arrive at a reasonable and effective course of action; utilize electronic information systems and analyze and interpret such information.

Selection Procedure


·         Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.

·         You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.

·         You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.

·         Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.

Please visit Getting-a-Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.


Responses to supplemental questions will be scored using position-specific criteria. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient and therefore may not be scored.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (weight 100%) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's application and supplemental questionnaire for satisfaction of minimum qualifications (pass/not pass); and for educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position. Each applicant will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

·         Relevance of work history, related experience, and achieved level of education and/or training as described in the application and responses to the supplemental questions.


Candidates demonstrating possession of the minimum qualifications will be placed on an employment list in order of most qualified to least qualified based on the achieved score received in the Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination.  Scores may be adjusted based on such factors as number of candidates, anticipated vacancies, past practice, and natural breaks in the scores achieved by this group of candidates.
A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the 
Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.


Applications are accepted on-line at: Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.
The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people. Please view the County's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for further information.