City of Saratoga – Building Inspector

The City of Saratoga is currently looking for a full-time Building Inspector to join the City’s busy Community Development Department. The incumbent will report to the Building Official and performs routine to complex inspections at various stages of construction, alteration, and repair of residential, commercial, and industrial building sites to enforce building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and environmental codes, and other governing laws and ordinances, including basic zoning, grading, fire, and safety regulations; ensures conformance with approved plans, specifications, standards, permits, and licensing; provides a variety of information to property owners, developers, architects, engineers, and contractors; and performs related work as required.


The final filing deadline to apply for this position is Friday, July 2, 2021 at 5:00 pm. To be considered for this dynamic career opportunity, please apply online through and click on the member agencies, followed by the City of Saratoga.

The duties described below are intended to provide only a summary of the typical functions of the job. This is not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities and the duties of the jobholder might differ from those outlined in this announcement.

  • Performs field inspections of new and existing commercial, industrial, and residential properties at various stages of construction, alteration, and repair for conformance to codes, regulations, plans, specifications, standards, and architect and engineering drawings related to foundations, framing, electrical, mechanical, heating, plumbing, structure, finish, and a wide variety of other routine to complex building system elements; inspects a variety of structural member factors; examines grade, quality, and treatment of a variety of materials; performs final inspections.
  • Performs non-structural plan checking for completeness, accuracy, and code compliance for new construction, alterations, or remodeling of existing structures; ensures compliance with applicable codes and accepted engineering practices.
  • Writes “stop work” notices for work being done without permits or in an unsafe manner; refers serious problems and disagreements on interpretation to management.
  • Reviews plans and applications for building permits; issues building permits; makes final inspections and issues certificates of occupancy.
  • Investigates complaints regarding existing buildings or new construction to determine if code violations or problem conditions exist.
  • Reviews damaged buildings for safe occupancy after fires or other disasters and occurrences.
  • Consults with the Building Official regarding legal aspects of building inspection and other matters that may require legal review.
  • Confers with and provides information to developers, engineers, architects, property owners, contractors, and others regarding code requirements and alternatives; attends pre-construction meetings; resolves complaints and problems.
  • Conducts follow-up inspections to ensure compliance; establishes and maintains accurate and complete case files; prepares documents and evidence for court proceedings and testifies in hearings and court proceedings, as necessary.
  • Assists the public at the front counter, by telephone, or by email, answering questions, providing information, and explaining and interpreting building requirements and restrictions.
  • Prepares and maintains a variety of correspondence, reports, correction notices, and other written materials.
  • Represents the City in meetings with members of other public and private organizations, community groups, contractors, developers, and the public.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Equivalent to completion of the twelfth (12th) grade, supplemented by college-level coursework or specialized training in construction codes such as uniform building, plumbing, mechanical, and/or national electrical, or a related field and two (2) years of increasingly responsible experience in code compliance, building, and/or resale inspection, preferably with a public agency.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Possession of, or the ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver’s license upon appointment.
  • Possession of a valid International Code Council (I.C.C.) Building Inspector Certificate upon appointment.

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