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Building Inspector

$41,308 – $76,523 yearly

City of Shawnee, KS

Last Updated: 5/14/22

Job Description

The City is hiring a Building Inspector for the Building Codes Division. This technical position conducts building inspections and investigates citizen complaints to insure compliance with applicable codes, ordinances and regulations of the City. The Building Inspector position is part of a Career Development track, which includes the Building Inspector I, II, and III levels. The position involves frequent internal and external contacts that require considerable public relations skills in handling and may involve non-routine problems that require in-depth discussion and/or persuasion in order to gain concurrence or resolve problems. Interaction is direct with customers, the public, other departments of the City, and other governmental agencies. The entry level hiring range for this non-exempt position begins at $19.86 per hour (DOQ). The experienced level hiring range for this non-exempt position begins at $22.45 per hour (DOQ).

Building Inspectors will also receive the following benefits:

  • Cell Phone Allowance - $31 per pay period
  • All uniform clothing provided
    • $200 Annual Jeans Allowance
    • Steel Toe Boots
    • Summer & Winter Shirts
    • Jacket/Coat
    • Coveralls
    • Rain Gear
  • Personal Protective Equipment - City issued as needed

Position Responsibilities:

Building Inspections. Performs general inspections of residential, commercial, and industrial buildings during various stages of construction and remodeling to ensure compliance with applicable codes, ordinances, and regulations of the City.

Code Interpretation. Communicates and interprets City codes and policies to individuals, residential, commercial and industrial contractors, architects, and engineers by written reports, meetings, and personal contact.

Records Management. Completes and maintains a variety of records, reports, documents and correspondence related to field inspections.

Code Enforcement. Initiates corrective legal procedures to correct violations of City codes. Receives complaints, observes violations of City building codes and ordinances, conducts inspections, notes conditions and prepares violation notices. Talks to residents and business owners regarding complaints. Identifies property owners and sends written notices of violations, establishes target dates for correction. Conducts follow-up inspections to determine if deficiencies have been corrected.

Court Activities. Prepares case files and records for Municipal Court action in the event deficiencies are not corrected; and appears before the court to testify as to the facts of the case.

Permit Applications. Reviews permit applications for compliance with applicable municipal ordinances prior to permit issuance. Assists with the issuance of single family and associated permits and other building permits.

Plan Review. Reviews plans, specifications and calculations for compliance with applicable municipal ordinances.

Emergency Operations. Responds for snow removal and other emergency operations during off-duty times and during regular work hours when necessary to mitigate the emergency.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in architecture, engineering, construction science or a closely related field.
  • OR a High school diploma and four (4) years experience in the building construction field.
  • OR a High school diploma and two (2) years experience as a building inspector with ICC certification as a Residential Building Inspector.
  • A motor vehicle Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Class B with air brakes and tanker vehicle endorsements or the ability to obtain one within 90 days of employment.

Any combination of education and experience that provides the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the responsibilities identified in this job posting may also be considered. Candidates who exceed the minimum requirements of the position may be eligible for a higher starting rate of pay.

Work Schedule:

This position works on-site Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Some flexibility with specific work hours is offered upon completion of training. This position may be required to respond and participate in snow removal and ice control operations during off-duty times when necessary to mitigate the emergency. Emergency response shifts begin upon call-in and can occur anytime, day or night, seven days per week including holidays. Typical emergency shifts are twelve hours on and a minimum of eight hours off between shifts.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work performed by employees assigned to this position. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications. The City of Shawnee reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities of job descriptions to meet business and organizational needs as necessary. The job description is not a contract or guarantee of employment.

If reasonable accommodation is necessary to apply or further information is needed, please contact Human Resources, Shawnee City Hall, 11110 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS 66203.


Company Details

Shawnee, Kansas, United States
Shawnee, population 66,290, is a suburb of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area.  Shawnee is the third largest city in Johnson County and offers a safe, friendly community lifestyle with easy access to two interstate highways (I-35 & I-435).  The City offers a full range of services provided by the City including police and fire protection, emergency preparedness, emergency medical resp...