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Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS)

Original Author: MTAS
Date of Material: 09/25/2002

Building codes
Code enforcement--Personnel
Code enforcement--Building inspection--Personnel
Code enforcement--Building inspection

Building Codes Inspector

Reviewed Date: 04/29/2021
Job description for the position of Building/Codes Inspector.



The employee is responsible for technical work in the enforcement of Building and Zoning Codes and City Ordinances. Duties also include other support services under the general supervision of the City Administrator. Instructions to the employee are general and the employee must consider different courses of action and sometimes deviate from standard operating procedures. Independent judgement is required to complete some tasks.


The employee will operate a computer, copier, and other modern office equipment. The employee will also operate a light duty vehicle.

Work performed is generally outdoors and some tasks may be performed regardless of weather conditions when necessary. The employee will be exposed to dirt, dust, loud noises, and tobacco smoke.


Collects and accounts for permits
Responsible for flood plain management
Meets with the Planning Commission and the Zoning & Appeals Board.
Inspects building construction sites for conforming to approved plans and compliance with applicable codes and ordinances.
Interprets, explains and enforces codes and ordinances Reviews construction plans to determine if plans are in compliance with permits and codes.
Must establish and maintain an effective working relationship with contractor, public and other employees.
Ability to evaluate and make decisions.
Ability, physically and mentally to climb to different heights and function in close quarters for inspections.

(Any one position may not include all of the listed duties or duties which may be performed)

Investigates complaints of building or construction code or fire code violations.
Issues building permits.
Assists in the preparation of proposed code changes.
Consults with builders, contractors, engineers, and architects regarding Southern Building Code and State guidelines.
Provides monthly reports regarding permits and fees.
Delivers correspondence to Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
Serves as the enforcement agent for TOSHA and OSHA regulations.

Knowledge of the Federal Flood Plain Regulations.
Knowledge of State, City and County building codes governing the construction and maintenance of buildings.
Knowledge of basic plumbing and electrical functions.
Knowledge of the International Building Code.
Knowledge of the geographic area of the City.
Ability to read and interpret construction plans and blue prints.
Ability to ascertain facts by personal contact, observation, and the examination of records.
Ability to explain and interpret pertinent provisions of laws, ordinances, and regulations.
Ability to enforce rules and regulations firmly, tactfully, and impartially.
Ability to keep records and make operational reports.
Ability to intermittently sit, stand and stoop.must distinguish between shades of color.
Work requires use of protective devices, such as, hard hats.
Ability to make math calculations.


Current certification as Building Inspector, through State of Tennessee.
Non-certified individual must obtain certification within 6 months of employment.Must Possess a valid driver's license through the State of Tennessee.
Graduation from a standard high school, or equivalent, or 5 years experience in building construction or inspection.
Must pass drug screen by licensed physician.