Employment Opportunities

Building Inspector

Salary:$45,000.00 Annually
Job Type:Full-time
Department:Public Works


Under general supervision of the Director of the Department of Public Works, this position is responsible for performing technical duties in conducting field inspections to ensure compliance with applicable Federal, State and Local Codes and Ordinances concerning building construction. Prospective employee must be able to read and interpret building codes, obtain/maintain International Code Council certifications, City of Lawrence Municipal Code, and other related regulations. Additionally, the successful candidate must be able to inspect construction-related activities, on both a reactive and proactive basis, properly document investigation activities and initiate enforcement actions where appropriate. Interactions may occasionally be adversarial and the employee must use proper conflict resolution skills and judgment to resolve both technical and interpersonal issues related to code compliance.

Job Duties:

Conducts field inspections of construction activity for multiple building-types to determine compliance with appropriate codes, ordinances and regulations.

Review building plans and permits for general code compliance.

Monitors active construction sites for posting of requisite permits and properly enforces non-compliance.

Inspects ongoing construction projects to ensure construction proceeds in compliance with validly issued building permit.

Reads and interprets adopted codes, technical manuals, drawings, instructions, and specifications as related to construction projects.

Issues appropriate violation notices indicating code deficiencies, orders to stop work, and prepares orders forbidding occupancy of a structure or portion of a structure.

Clearly communicates code violations to contractor on-site on a form as approved by the Department of Public Works.

Actively works with contractors to discuss and/or alleviate code violations.

Works with the general public at the permit counter and on the phone to answer basic code questions.

Occasionally appears and testifies in court as a professional and expert witness as requested.

Maintains and effectively organizes daily inspection reports, logs, and results.

Performs follow-up inspections to verify compliance with issued violations and takes appropriate enforcement action to ensure compliance.

Investigates complaints as assigned.

Ability to interpret technical manuals and attends meetings/trainings to stay up-to-date with applicable codes and revisions to said codes.

Conducts other field investigations, including infrastructure, high weeds and grass, trash, and environmental as assigned by supervisor.

This above list of duties and responsibilities is not intended to be all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities as deemed appropriate by management from time to time.


High School Diploma or Equivalent and minimum of three (3) years related work experience in construction industry required.

Trade school certificate/apprenticeship and one (1) year related work experience in the building construction industry, or a college degree in construction management, construction technology, engineering, architecture or a related field preferred.

International Code Council (ICC) certification as Residential Combination Inspector (Residential Building Inspector, Residential Electrical Inspector, Residential Mechanical Inspector, and Residential Plumbing Inspector), Commercial Combination Inspector (Commercial Building Inspector, Commercial Electrical Inspector, Commercial Mechanical, and Commercial Plumbing Inspector), and/or Fire Inspector I preferred.\

Working knowledge of a personal computer and other office equipment in addition to principles, methods and equipment used in construction trades.

Demonstrated ability to solve practical problems with tact, diplomacy, and deal with a variety of people in a variety of situations.

Demonstrated ability to resolve conflicts/customer service skills.

Ability to interpret construction drawings and specifications.

Knowledge of Indiana Building Codes and local City ordinances.

Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing with both internal and external customers.

Must have and retain a valid Indiana driver’s license and have the ability to operate a City vehicle.