Asst. Building Inspector or Building Inspector

Stillwater, Minnesota (US)
  Hiring Range: $49,095-$57,512;   Salary Range: $49,095-$70,136
Apr 07, 2021
Full Time

Apply by April 18, 2021.  Hiring Range: $49,095-$57,512;   Salary Range: $49,095-$70,136


The essential functions of the position include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Checks construction plans for conformance to all applicable city construction codes and local ordinances and when compliance is verified by Chief Building Official, issues work permit.
  • Assist and conduct residential inspections for which permits have been issued to assure that construction adheres to permit plans, setback requirements and complies with adopted codes.
  • Maintains proper records of building and inspection activity, permits, violations and phone conversations relating to the duties of the department and completes related reports.
  • Assists in administering the permitting function, including application processing, fee assessment and collection, and permit issuance.
  • Assists in researching problems and complaints regarding residential buildings, building construction and code compliance and notifies Chief Building Official or Community Development Director so appropriate action can be taken.
  • Establishes and maintains daily activity reports and forms necessary for review and evaluation.
  • Keeps current on new materials and construction practices as well as code changes to ensure a thorough understanding of the building industry and code requirements.
  • Assists in resolving moderately complex and sensitive customer service issues, either personally, by telephone or in writing.  Maintains records and documents of customer service issues and resolutions.
  • Furnishes construction, zoning and building code information and answers inquiries to improve public understanding of building codes, zoning regulations and building permit submittal requirements.
  • Maintain effective working relations with building contractors, design professionals and the public.
  • Keeps Chief Building Official informed on building permit and inspection activities.
  • Performs related work, such as fire and sidewalk inspections, nuisance complaints, and other code enforcement duties as assigned by the Chief Building Official or Community Development Director.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or apparent.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.


Minimum Qualifications:


  • High school Diploma or GED Certificate
  • Training at vocational school, related on-the-job experience, or an associate’s degree plus licensure, certification and training in building inspections, construction management, or related field.
  • Eligible to be certified as a state building code official within a reasonable period (one to two years).


  • One to two (1-2) years of experience in Building Inspection and Plan Review

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills

  • Good knowledge of building, plumbing, heating and ventilation codes.      
  • Considerable knowledge of department and industry terminology.  
  • Skilled in operation of personal computer. Good working knowledge of windows‐based software applications, including word‐processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.               
  • Ability to read and understand complex construction diagrams and blueprints.        
  • Ability to enforce the  Building Codes and related City Ordinances firmly, tactfully and impartially.           
  • Ability to act in a courteous and effective manner when dealing with contractors, design professionals and the public.           
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.     
  • Ability to locate and comprehend Evaluation Service Product Research Reports.

Special Equipment

Personal computer, copy machine, calculator, motor vehicle, level, ladder or scaffolding, and tape measure.





Work requires many different processes and methods applied to an established professional or technical field.


Supervision Needed:  This position either (a) carries out work with minimal supervision (i.e., the supervisor sets only goals, priorities, and deadlines; and the employee uses guidelines that cover most situations), or (b) follows the supervisor’s directions on methods and desired results but modifies methods to resolve unforeseen situations and problems.

Supervision Given:  Moderate coordination of work with other individuals (Non-Supervisory).

Impact:  Work affects a wide range of professional projects or administrative activities of the organization, influences internal or external operations, or impacts many people.



The physical demands and work conditions described here are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be

made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



Hazards:  While performing the duties of this job, this position:      


Nonstrenuous - Occasionally Climbs a few steps, Balance, Bend/Stoop, Kneel, Crouch, Squat, Crawl, Reach above shoulder level, Sit, Stand, Walk, Finger/Enter data/keystroke, Feel, Talk, or Hear, and/or Exerts up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.

Surroundings:  High Risk - Exposure to extreme heat or cold, and/or working at unguarded heights, and/or exposed to infectious diseases, and/or work around prisoners or mental patients, and/or work around or handle weapons, and/or defending from bodily harm, and/or exposure to smoke and fire.