Senior Building Inspector

Orange County, CA
November 20, 2022
Orange County, CA
Job Type



Salary may be negotiable within the range listed above, based on position requirements and successful candidate's qualifications, subject to appropriate authorization.

This recruitment will establish an open eligible list and will be used to fill immediate and future Senior Building Inspector vacancies within OC Public Works and/or other County of Orange agencies. This recruitment may also be used to fill positions in similar and/or lower classifications.

This recruitment will close on Thursday, December 1 at 11:59PM (PST).

OC Development Services is a section within OC Public Works that oversees the planning and development entitlement requirements for private and public projects within the County's unincorporated areas. This includes permit processing, inspection services, and management of zoning, building, and code regulations to ensure safe and responsible property development and community standards.

OC Public Works is a unique County department comprised of 10 service areas, including Development Services which directly impacts the quality of life for Orange County residents and the private sector. OC Public Works provides services on a regional basis to unincorporated areas, cities, and other County agencies and departments. The Department's primary mission is to ensure the quality of service today and quality of life tomorrow. In addition, our vision is to be a world-class leader of innovative, professional, and quality public works services

For more information about OC Public Works, click here.
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OC Public Works is seeking an experienced Senior Building Inspector in the OC Development Services service area to support the Building and Safety Division and perform inspections of new, remodeled residential and commercial structures during construction and upon completion. Senior Building Inspector is the journey-level classification within the Building Inspector job series, and performs a full range of duties requiring greater technical knowledge with little supervision or guidance.

In addition, the Senior Building Inspector will ensure compliance of the various building, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing codes; assume the duties of Supervising Building Inspector when absent, and perform other work as assigned.


The successful candidate will possess at least four years of increasingly responsible experience working in building inspections within the public sector, including duties related to disabled access. Possession of CASp Certification is highly desirable but not required.

Completion of two years in an accredited college with specialization in engineering, architecture, construction management, or inspection technology can be used toward two years of experience.

In addition to the minimum qualifications, the ideal candidate will possess the following core competencies:


  • Knowledge of California Building Codes and CAL OSHA safety requirements
  • Knowledge of the methods, materials, and equipment used for inspection in vertical construction
  • Knowledge of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements
  • Ability to review and address improvement projects for NPDES compliance
  • Possession of at least one valid International Code Council (ICC) certification as a building inspector


  • Communicate effectively, tactfully, and maintain effective working relationships with departmental staff, management, engineers, architects, construction and building trades, other agencies, utility companies, contractors, and the general public


  • Approach problems and decisions methodically with an appropriate level of concern for the County and Management perspective
  • Analyze, research, organize, accurately interpret and apply relevant data to issues or problem projects
  • Identify issues accurately along with impacts and solutions


  • Possess a valid certification from the International Code Council (ICC) as a Building Inspector or equivalent inspector certification a nd v alid ICC certification or equivalent certification in one of the following areas: Electrical Inspector, Plumbing Inspector, or Mechanical Inspector.

Click here to learn about the minimum qualifications for the Senior Building Inspector classification.

Veterans Employment Preference: The County is committed to providing a mechanism to give preferential consideration in the employment process to veterans and their eligible spouses and provide eligible participants the opportunity to receive interviews in the selection process for employment and paid internship openings. Please click here to review the policy.


Human Resource Services (HRS) will screen applications and supplemental responses for those minimum and desirable qualifications that are most needed to successfully perform the duties of this job. Only those applicants that meet the qualifications as listed in the job bulletin will be referred to the next step.

Structured Oral Interview (Weighted 100%): Candidates will be interviewed and rated by a qualification appraisal panel of job knowledge experts. Only the most successful candidates will be placed on the eligible list.

Based on the Department's needs, the selection procedures listed above may be modified. All candidates will be notified of any changes in the selection procedure.

Eligible List
Once the assessment has been completed, HRS will establish an eligible list of candidates. Candidates placed on the eligible list may be referred to a selection interview to be considered for present and future vacancies.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, and laws, regulations, and policies regarding COVID-19 are subject to change. The County of Orange is required to comply with all applicable State or County Public Health Orders, some of which require vaccination or testing as follows:

  • Workers, who provide services in certain Medical or High-Risk Settings, will be required to provide proof of full vaccination from COVID-19 or to wear a mask and undergo weekly COVID-19 testing .
  • Workers, who provide services in certain Health Care Facilities or in a correctional facility or detention center where health care is provided, will be required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated and boosted . (Workers may be exempt from this requirement based on religious beliefs or a qualifying medical reason; however, if exempted, they will be required to wear a mask and undergo weekly COVID-19 testing.)

The position for which you are applying may be required to adhere to any applicable State or County Public Health Orders. You will receive notification of any requirement as it applies to a position.

For detailed information on how to apply, click here

Email is the primary form of notification during the recruitment process. Please ensure your correct email address is included in our application and use only one email account.

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For specific information pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Zachary Gutierrez by phone at (714) 667-1623 or by email at

Orange County, as an equal employment opportunity employer, encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Closing Date/Time: 12/1/2022 11:59 PM Pacific

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