Building Inspector

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Submission Deadline

July 7, 2021

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POSITION:   Inspector

DEPARTMENT: Infrastructure & Development

REPORTS TO:         Building Commissioner

JOB CATEGORY: PAT (Professional, Administrative, Technological)

MAXIMUM SALARY: $41,801.00 ($20.10/hour)

STATUS:                          Full-time

FLSA STATUS:                Non-exempt

To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed in this document are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  The City of Richmond provides reasonable accommodation to qualified employees and applicants with known disabilities who require accommodation to complete application process or perform essential functions of the job, unless accommodation would cause an undue hardship.


Serves as Building, Electrical, Plumbing, and Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Inspector, responsible for inspecting commercial and residential structures and properties to ensure compliance with all federal, state, and local building codes and ordinances.  


Conducts various inspections (building, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC) at construction sites to ensure compliance with all applicable local, state, and federal codes and standards.

Conducts building inspections of various industrial, commercial, and residential dwellings to ensure compliance with applicable Richmond Code.

Conducts building inspections at construction sites to ensure compliance with state approved plans.

Reviews construction plans and specifications for Class 1 and 2 structures prior to inspections to ensure compliance with project specific requirements, including those related to design.

Inspects all electrical, plumbing, and HVAC work for compliance with codes and applicable ordinances for commercial, industrial and residential installations.  

Authorizes Richmond Power and Light (RPL) to connect, disconnect or re-connect power on a property or structure that has been deemed safe.

Reviews various site improvement plans, including blue prints for code compliance, and researches codes and ordinances to determine applicability to plans.  

Assists Richmond’s Building Commissioner and Department of Code Enforcement officers with issuing various tickets and/or Stop Work Orders.

Submits Building Construction and Housing Inspection Reports that review compliance with Richmond Code.

Initiates contact with residents, owners, renters, or other persons to explain and correct various problems, such as those threatening public health and safety or creating a blighting influence to adjoining properties.  

Assists architects, engineers, contractors, and others in resolving code issues.

Maintains inspection schedule, results, comments, and reports in electronic permitting and inspections software (BS&A).

Prepares various inspection reports for the Director of Infrastructure and Development.

Periodically performs other duties as needed or assigned.

The above statements reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the principal function of the job and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the job.


High school diploma or GED equivalent.  License or Certification in one of the following fields preferred: electrical, HVAC, plumbing, mechanical, general construction.

Has at least three years of experience in commercial, industrial and/or residential construction and/or as a building inspector for commercial, industrial and residential construction projects.  

Thorough knowledge of and ability to apply knowledge of applicable codes, local ordinances, and regulations to various building situations in order to ensure compliance.

Ability to research, comprehend and implement various code books and other source material rules and regulations.

Ability to work alone with minimum supervision.

Ability to work well with others in a team environment.

Ability to read and interpret blue prints and construction work plans.

Working knowledge of local, state, and federal safety regulations and OSHA standards.

Working knowledge of Standard English grammar, spelling and punctuation, standard office procedures, and ability to properly operate a variety of standard office equipment, including computer, printer, telephone, copier, fax machine and calculator.

Ability to effectively communicate with co-workers, contractors, homeowners, engineers, other government departments and agencies, merchants, and members of the general public; including, being sensitive to situations involving professional ethics, cultural differences, gender identities, and various disabilities.

Ability to maintain organized records and documentation according to state requirements.

Ability to maintain confidentiality of department information and records according to state requirements.  

Ability to comply with all employer and department policies and work rules, including but not limited to attendance, safety, drug-free workplace, and personal conduct.

Ability to competently serve the public with diplomacy and respect, including during occasional encounters with irate/hostile persons.

Ability to occasionally work extended, weekend, and evening hours, and periodically travel out of town, sometimes overnight.

Possession of a valid Driver’s License and demonstrated safe driving record.


Incumbent's work is broad in scope with many variables or considerations. Incumbent uses independent judgment in interpreting and applying various state and local codes to specific situations.


Incumbent applies standardized department policies and procedures to individual cases for which desired results are clearly specified. Incumbent refers unprecedented situations to supervisor. Work is periodically reviewed for technical accuracy and adherence to guidelines.


Incumbent requires regular contact and interaction with co-workers, contractors, homeowners, engineers, other government units, merchants, and members of the general public for the purposes of securing information needed to complete inspections and explaining and/or interpreting codes and ordinances.

Incumbent reports directly to the Building Commissioner.


Incumbent performs duties in a standard office environment, in a vehicle, and in the field during building inspections which may include exposure to noise, fumes, dust, heat, cold, and  hazardous conditions, such as closeness to electrical current or moving parts for which safety precautions must be followed. Incumbent will be required to climb ladders, perform inspections on roofs, in basements and or pits and all areas in between.

Incumbent duties involve lifting/carrying objects weighing under 25 pounds, crouching/kneeling, close and far vision, bending at waist, reaching, color perception, speaking clearly, and hearing sounds/communication.


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