Construction Codes Inspector (building)

Arlington, Virginia
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Oct 11, 2019
Oct 24, 2019
Full Time
Position Information

Arlington County's Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development (CPHD) is seeking a Building Inspector to join their IAS-accredited, award-winning Inspection Services Division. The Inspection Services Division is responsible for working with Arlington County citizens and developers to build and maintain property throughout the County. The employee ensures that all phases of building construction are completed in conformance with codes, ordinances, and approved plans and specifications. Inspectors in this position use personal computers and/or mobile devices to record the results and status of inspections, as well as to prepare letters and written notices of violation. Once hired, the employee will receive training on materials, methodology, and code requirements for residential and commercial high-rise inspections.

Specific duties include:
  • Performing inspections at various stages of residential and commercial construction in compliance with statewide building codes, including issuing notices of violation, and identifying and recommending solutions;
  • Communicating with contractors, developers, builders, and homeowners to explain applicable codes and legal requirements;
  • Reviewing and interpreting construction plans and blueprints;
  • Maintaining knowledge of and researching applicable State, County, and local codes, and applying that knowledge; and
  • Performing damage assessments.

The successful candidate in this position is familiar with State, County, and/or local building codes, has excellent communication skills, thrives in a fast-paced environment and is able to work with a wide variety of people to identify and resolve problems.

Selection Criteria

Minimum Qualifications: High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent, plus:

Building Inspector I: three years of experience in trade specialty area or in general building construction and/or codes inspection or enforcement, or closely related field.

Building Inspector II: three years of experience in trade specialty area or general building construction with one year of experience in construction codes inspection or enforcement or closely related field, and certification as a Commercial and Residential Inspector in trade specialty.

Building Inspector III: three years of experience in trade specialty area or general building construction experience with two years of experience in construction codes inspection or enforcement, or closely related field; PLUS certification as a Residential Inspector and Commercial Inspector in trade specialty; and certification as a Combination Residential Inspector.

Apprenticeship and/or trade school training related to specialty area may substitute for up to one (1) year of general experience on a year-for-year basis.

Desirable Qualifications:
  1. Experience with application and interpretation of Building codes or National codes;
  2. Experience with enforcement of Building codes or National codes;
  3. Skill in reading and interpreting plans, specifications and blueprints; and
  4. Experience with high-rise/commercial building codes or construction experience.

Special Requirements

  • The employee must obtain State certifications as a residential and commercial Building Inspector within the 12-month probationary period. Selected inspectors will receive cross training in all areas of code enforcement and may be responsible for providing technical direction in their specialty to other inspectors.
  • The employee must progress through the Construction Codes Inspector series to Construction Codes Inspector III within three years of hire, completing all of the required training modules and passing the required examinations to become certified as a Combination Residential Inspector and Commercial Inspector in trade specialty (Building).
  • A standard County background check will be made on all candidates. Additional background checks may be necessary prior to admittance to secure federal facilities.
  • The applicant must possess, or obtain by the time of employment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence and the applicant must provide a copy of or allow Arlington County to obtain 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

Building Inspector positions may be filled at level I, II, or III based on candidate's experience and qualifications.

The salary range for Building Inspector I is $46,300.80 - $70,699.20.
The salary range for Building Inspector II is $53,560.00 - $81,806.40.
The salary range for Building Inspector III is $57,262.40 - $87,505.60.

Positions require climbing ladders and going into trenches, walking up stairways, accessing small spaces and spending several hours a day standing and/or walking. Substantial time is spent outdoors or in buildings under construction/renovation in all types of weather conditions.

Normal work hours are 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Occasionally, inspections are scheduled outside of normal work hours. Inspectors normally start and end the work day in the office and are required to participate in meetings and task groups.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


Highest level of education you have completed (pick closest that applies):
  • High School Graduate, GED or equivalent
  • Technical training in trades specialty
  • Apprenticeship in trades specialty
  • Some College
  • BA/BS in non-related field
  • BA/BS in civil, architecture or related field
  • BA/BS related to construction or specialty area


Please indicate which Inspection Certifications you possess:
  • Residential Building
  • Commercial Building
  • Residential Electrical
  • Commercial Electrical
  • Residential Mechanical
  • Commercial Mechanical
  • Residential Plumbing
  • Commercial Plumbing
  • Combination Residential
  • Combination Commercial
  • Other
  • No Certifications


I am certified as:
  • ICC Building Inspector
  • ICC Building Plan Examiner
  • Virginia Building Inspector
  • Virginia Electrical Inspector
  • Virginia Mechanical Inspector
  • Virginia Building, Electrical, or Mechanical Plans Examiner
  • Another State Building, Electrical, or Mechanical Inspector
  • Another State Building, Electrical, or Mechanical Plan Examiner
  • Cross Connection devices
  • Not Certified


Please describe any other examinations, certifications and list the state(s) in which you are certified.


How much general construction or other experience in your trades specialty area do you have:
  • None
  • 1 year but less than 2 years
  • 2 years but less than 3 years
  • 3 years or more


How much experience do you have in construction codes inspection or enforcement?
  • None
  • 1 year but less than 2 years
  • 2 years but less than 3 years
  • 3 years or more

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