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Novi, Michigan
Novi, Michigan

Building Inspector - Part-time

Job Description:



Supervised By:         Community Development Director
Supervises:               No supervisory responsibility
Position Summary:
Assists the day-to-day operations of the Building department.  Inspects new and existing structures for compliance, conducts construction plan reviews and on-site inspections of both commercial and residential properties, and reviews applications and issues building and construction permits.  Prepares a variety of reports and assists residents with questions regarding related codes.
Essential Job Functions:
An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the following essential functions.  These examples do not include all of the duties which the employee may be expected to perform.  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.
  1. Assists in the day-to-day operations of the Building department.  Interprets, administers, and enforces building codes and ordinances in accordance with professional standards. Issues permits and certificates of occupancy. 
  2. Receives applications, reviews construction plans and documents, and evaluates for conformance to applicable codes and ordinances.  Provides information and explanation concerning property zoning codes and ensures positive customer relations. 
  3. Conducts on-site inspections of structures under construction and existing buildings to ensure conformity to state and local building codes.  Examines materials and methods used, and assures compliance to all relevant codes, ordinances, rules, regulations, and standards. 
  4. Reviews and inspects plans and specifications of new buildings or the remodeling of existing buildings for compliance to codes and ordinances.  Reviews, approves, and issues permit applications for construction or remodeling when requirements are met. 
  5. Performs periodic building inspections and investigates complaints involving violations of minimum acceptable construction, health, safety and welfare standards.  Prepares inspection reports and records, and performs re-inspections as necessary. 
  6. Seeks voluntary compliance where standards are not met, recommends corrections, issues violation notices as necessary, and performs re-inspections to determine actions taken to bring the structure into compliance with standards. 
  7. Provides information and advice to owners, contractors, developers, engineers and architects regarding building code requirements and construction procedures and offers assistance with applying for permits. 
  8. Responds to complaints and issues corrective orders.  Maintains all documents, photos, evidence and related materials for the case file.  Assists in preparing for litigation and appears in court cases, hearings and/or boards of appeal.
  9. Notifies applicants of any deficiencies or discrepancies from code and provides follow-up inspections of unsafe structures or sites.  If necessary issues “Stop Work Order” or suspends, cancels, or revokes permits. 
  10. Performs inspections and prepares specifications for a variety of programs including the Rehab Housing Program, Residential Rental Program, and others as assigned.  
  11. Maintains records of permits issued and denied, inspections, complaints and their investigations and prepares reports and correspondence. 
  12. Maintains cooperative relationships with other departments, peer agencies, contracted inspectors, property owners, architects, and other parties to coordinate building, zoning and code enforcement functions. 
  13. Keeps abreast of modern developments and evolving issues in public services through continued education and professional growth. Attends conferences, workshops, and seminars as appropriate. 
  14. Performs other related duties as required.
Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Minimum Qualifications:
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities and minimum qualifications necessary to perform the essential functions of the position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job.
  • A high school diploma or equivalent, with additional vocational training in building trades, engineering techniques, construction technology, or a related field. 
  • Three or more years of experience in the construction trades, construction inspection, or related field. 
  • State of Michigan Vehicle Operator’s License, a satisfactory driving record, and the ability to maintain one throughout employment. 
  • State of Michigan certification as a Building Inspector and Plan Reviewer.  
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of state and local building codes, ordinances, and related laws. 
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of building construction, plan review, and conducting site inspections. 
  • Skill in interpreting, applying and enforcing applicable codes and ordinances. 
  • Skill in reviewing and interpreting site plans, building plans, complex construction drawings and specifications. 
  • Skill in compiling data and information and maintaining complex record keeping systems. 
  • Skill in the use of office equipment and technology, including computers, specialized financial systems, and other related software, and the ability to master new technologies. 
  • Ability to perform visual reviews of permit applications, blueprints, and inspections of construction sites. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively and present ideas and concepts orally and in writing. 
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships and use good judgment, initiative and resourcefulness when dealing with employees, City officials, professional contacts, and the public. 
  • Ability to exercise a high degree of diplomacy and work effectively under stress in contentious or confrontational situations. 
  • Ability to multi-task, problem-solve, maintain attention to detail, and work within deadlines and changes in work priorities. 
  • Ability to travel to other locations.
  • Must submit to a background check and a post offer physical and drug screen.
  • Must work a consistent and predictable schedule, of approximately 28 hours per week.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Office: While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in an office setting with a controlled climate where they sit and work on a computer, communicate by telephone, email or in person, and move around the office to travel to other locations.  The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. 
In the field:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to travel to various locations within the City to inspect various properties and other works in progress.  This may require the employee to traverse uneven ground, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, and encounter fumes, dust, chemicals or other hazardous materials and equipment.  The employee is occasionally exposed to adverse weather conditions, loud noises, or moving mechanical parts.  The noise level in the work environment may be loud in field situations.


Job Compensation

Dependent upon Experience and Qualifications

How To Apply

Job description and application are available on-line at
Completed applications must include copy of Michigan Certification(s) can be emailed to  Please put in subject line: Building Inspector.  Applications accepted until the position is filled.

Employment Application

Closing Date

Until Filled

Additional Information:

Job Description
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