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Building Inspector, On-Call/Temporary - City of Mercer Island ( Job # 19-0026)

Minimum Salary: $38.00 per hour
Maximum Salary: $45.00 per hour
Employment Type: On-Call
Department: Community Planning and Development
Open until filled.
(Open to current employees and the general public.)



The Building Inspector performs inspection and plan review of commercial, multi-family, and single-family residences in the process of construction, alteration or repair for compliance with code requirements and other regulations. The position enforces the building code and related construction and development codes, and requires frequent consultations with the public.

WORK HOURS: All positions work on an on-call basis as needed, and may have varying hours depending on the position.

On-call, temporary positions, July - December 31, 2019

Essential Job Functions
  • Review of commercial and residential projects for compliance with building codes, city ordinances and state laws. This requires checking for compliance with adopted codes and standards (such as requirements and restrictions relative to steep slopes, gross floor areas, sensitive lands, lot coverage, watercourses, setbacks and height, structural integrity, fire and life-safety).
  • Inspect all work authorized by permit to commercial, multi-family and single-family residences to assure conformity to approved plans and applicable ordinances, codes, laws and procedures.
  • Receive complaints/inquiries from customers relative to construction conditions, correction notices, or activities in the community.
  • Maintain accurate and complete records. Use permit-tracking software to track field work.
  • Ability to work well with others, stay on task, and take direction from Team Leads and Supervisors.
  • Must have regular and predictable work attendance to fulfill the essential functions of the job.
  • Ability to drive a city vehicle; have a good driving record and current and valid Washington state driver’s license.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Qualification Requirements

Building Inspectors shall have not less than:

  • Five years experience in the construction industry.
  • Two years of college or vocational training in civil, architectural, engineering, or building technology is desirable.
  • Certification in building, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical codes is desirable. ICC certification as a building inspector and/or plans examiner is required within 12 months of date of hire.
  • Ability to practice safety by wearing appropriate protective clothing, using safety equipment, and follow good housekeeping and safety procedures.
  • Ability to drive a City vehicle, possess a current and valid Washington Sate driver's license and good driving record. Evidence of a good driving record is a condition of employment and a complete driving abstract will be required.
  • Completion of a Nationwide and Washington State criminal history background check is required in order to determine any past conviction history of crimes against persons, sexual assault or exploitation, and sexual or physical abuse and must be able to pass a thorough background check as required by the Child/Adult Abuse Information Act.
  • Completion of an I-9 Form, documenting eligibility to work in the United States.
Knowledge, Skills and Ability Requirements
  • Must have a working knowledge of construction practices, codes, and standards.
  • Requires a basic understanding of zoning, municipal and administrative codes, and the public-information process.
  • Must have excellent communication skills to deal effectively with homeowners, contractors, architects, engineers, and otherdevelopment professionals.
  • Must have an ability to hear and speak clearly both in person and on the telephone.
Tools and Equipment Used

Various types of materials and equipment are used: electrical testing equipment, basic hand tools, paper records, building documents, plans and specifications, site, building and area maps, local, county, state and federal codes and ordinances, shoreline regulations, legal notices, land use planning documents, construction and design requirements, development standards, historical files, computers, blue line copy machine and telecommunications systems. Future work practices may necessitate the use of different tools and equipment.

Working Conditions and Physical Abilities

Inspectors risk physical hazards from working in and around traffic, heavy machinery, heights and other potential hazards at construction sites.  Exposure to noise, vibration, hazardous and toxic materials, fumes, gases, odors and dust, as well as poor ventilation, slippery work surfaces and the hazards related to water and/or electricity during inspections. Some work is performed indoors with prolonged sitting and fine manipulation skills required for computer use.

Work requires physical strength and agility necessary to perform inspections under all kinds of weather conditions.  Work activities include combinations of sitting, standing and walking, with occasional lifting of 10-20 lbs. Inspectors must be able to see, hear and smell in order to detect problems and be responsive to their own safety, as well as that of fellow employees. The environment is sometimes stressful in trying to meet customer needs and/or issuing correction and stop-work notices for non-compliance

Inspectors must follow appropriate safety procedures and use of protective clothing and equipment including safety boots, safety vests, hard hats, eye/ear protection, rain gear, gloves.


City Hall
9611 SE 36th Street
Mercer Island, WA 98040