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Job Title:
Building Inspector - Plumbing
Job Category:
Mechanical Engineering
San Jose, California
United States
Postal Code:
Approximate Salary:
114599.68 Per Year
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
2 - 5 years
Education level:
High School or equivalent

Building Inspector - Plumbing


FINAL FILING DATE: 08/03/17. Applications must be submitted online at:


Under general supervision, to inspect the construction or alteration of buildings and structures and installation of equipment for compliance with applicable codes and ordinances. This position requires four (4) years journey level plumbing experience. In addition, considerable experience or familiarity with construction methods, practices and code requirements related to other trades is highly desirable. Responsibilities include performing combination inspections on residential and light commercial projects including structural, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, green building, energy, accessibility and other applicable codes and regulations. Responsibilities also include plumbing/mechanical plan review and plumbing/mechanical inspections for industrial, commercial, other non-residential and complex projects.



  • Inspects buildings and structures to insure that construction, alteration or equipment installation conforms to applicable codes, ordinances, plans, specifications and standards also compliance issues such as State handicap, energy and seismic regulations;
  • Inspects structures to determine hazardous conditions, code violations, structural failures or need to maintenance or repair;
  • Performs surveys such as pool site, fire damage, substandard housing and unsafe structures;
  • Looks for construction or alteration activity being performed without proper permits and verifies current permits are within the scope of work as permitted;
  • Provides information to builders and others regarding requirements of applicable codes and ordinances;
  • Stays abreast of current code, and compliance issues (such as State handicap, energy and seismic regulations;
  • Performs investigations of alleged building violations and substandard housing, determines nature and extent of any violations, provides general assistance to property owners or builders, regarding action to correct violation. Compiles a case file inclusive of thorough report, photo and related documentation;
  • Reviews special inspection and engineering field reports and recommendations and insures project compliance;
  • Performs plan checks on swimming pools, minor construction, and trade related projects;
  • Issues permits and collects fees;
  • Performs related work as necessary



Training and experience equivalent to completion of high school and four years of journey level experience in the trade option specified in the examination announcement.


California Bill AB717; California Health and Safety Code section 18968(2) requires this class to obtain certification within the second year of employment. Section 18969 requires a minimum of 45 hours of continued education within each 3-year period.


Knowledge of:

  • Applicable codes and ordinates and methods of construction and equipment installation applicable to the trade option specified in the examination announcement.


Ability to:

  • Understand and interpret codes and ordinances;
  • Read and interpret plans and specifications;
  • Make inspections, enforce regulations and detect deviations from approved plans and specifications;
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with others.



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