Arlington, Virginia
Jul 28, 2017
Oct 25, 2017
Full Time
Job Title: ZONING INSPECTOR (OVER-STRENGTH) Closing Date/Time: Thu. 10/26/17 11:59 PM Eastern Time Salary: $53,019.20 - $80,995.20 Annually
Job Type: Full-Time Limited Duration Location: 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington *METRO-accessible*, Virginia       NOTE: This is currently an over-strength position created to support the implementation of the new permit processing system. The term of this position is expected to be one to two years. This position is currently eligible for all County-provided benefits.

The Arlington County Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development (CPHD) is currently looking for a Zoning Inspector to join our Zoning Division.

The Zoning Division is responsible for the interpretation, enforcement, and administration of the Zoning Ordinance, as well as providing technical assistance to citizens and the development community.  The successful candidate in this position will perform technical inspection and enforcement work, involving extensive contact with the business, construction, and development communities as well as the general public. Additionally, the successful candidate will conduct field inspections to ensure compliance with the Arlington County Zoning Ordinance. Areas of emphasis include, but are not limited to, parking, landscaping, signage, building materials, lighting, and occupancy.

Duties/responsibilities include:
  • Making independent field judgments in evaluating compliance with special exception, conditions, and the Zoning Ordinance;
  • Negotiating solutions to problems involving considerable investment of developer time and money;
  • Maintaining detailed records of project inspections and enforcement cases;
  • Responding to citizen complaints by making field inspections and conducting appropriate investigations;
  • Making referrals to appropriate agencies;
  • Conducting periodic inspections to monitor ongoing compliance;
  • Performing Certificate of Occupancy inspections;
  • Reviewing sign permits; and
  • Testifying in court.

 Selection Criteria: Minimum Qualifications: Graduation from high school, GED certificate or equivalent, PLUS three years of experience in the inspection and enforcement of zoning codes and/or ordinances.

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year for year basis. Additional education may be substituted for no more than 6 months of experience.


a) Experience inspecting or evaluating site plans, building construction plans, or other similar work plans;
b) Coursework in planning, building construction, inspection and/or enforcement of zoning, housing, and/or community standards; and/or
c) Proficiency in Microsoft Office 2013.
 Special Requirements: The applicant must obtain Virginia state ICC Property Maintenance & Housing Certification, and DHCD VA Building Maintenance Inspector Certification within the one year probationary period.

Applicant must possess, or have the ability to obtain, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's state of residence at the time of appointment. The applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.
 Additional Information: Normal Work hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Occasionally inspections are scheduled outside of the normal work hours. Inspectors normally start and end the workday in the office, and are required to participate in meetings and task groups.

Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered. In order to receive full credit for your experience, please ensure that you have included details of all relevant work experience on your application and have completed the Supplemental Questionnaire in its entirety.

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