Building Official

City of Louisville

Chief Building Official JD

TO APPLY: Please visit and apply under the Chief Building Official job description to be considered for employment.

OVERVIEW: Under the general supervision of the Director of Planning and Building Safety, the Chief Building Official (CBO) performs a variety of supervisory, administrative and technical work in the areas of building inspection, plan review, permit processing, code enforcement and compliance activities; develops and implements programs and procedures within the Building Safety Division; and coordinates activities with other City departments, divisions and outside agencies and organizations. Work is performed with independence in making decisions requiring; sound judgment, discretion, and diplomacy in conformance with established policies and procedures and a high degree of customer service. Work is reviewed through observation, conferences, reports, and through results obtained. The Chief Building Official is a division manager within the Planning and Building Safety Department, and exercises full responsibility for planning, organizing and directing the work activities of the Building Safety Division. The CBO is the City’s primary technical expert on building safety and is responsible and accountable for the quality of services provided by the Building Safety Division staff. The successful applicant will demonstrate excellent communication, problem solving, conflict resolution and organizational skills. The ideal candidate will have strong technical, management and leadership skills. The selected person should be a good listener, decision maker and problem solver. This person will establish and maintain effective working relationships with other City employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.


• Administers the adopted building codes of the City, including plan review and inspection functions for all construction in the City.

• Interprets building code requirements with builders, developers, contractors, and property owners.

• Establishes and enforces policies and procedures for the Building Safety Division operations including plan review, inspection services, and contractor licensing in conformance with adopted City codes and ordinances.

• Continually evaluates the policies, procedures, applications and informational documents and handouts for the Building Safety Division and proposes updates and improvements as needed.

• Evaluates staffing levels needed to meet requirements of Division and makes recommendations on appropriate staffing levels, including both consultant staffing and in-house staffing as appropriate.

• Investigates and resolves complaints concerning building code violations; evaluates structural damage and ensures corrective action taken.

• Assists with conflict resolution between contractors, builders, owners and inspectors concerning City Building Codes and Ordinances.

• Supervises Building Safety Division staff and consultants. Coordinates and provides training and education programs to insure staff is kept abreast of latest code provisions and technical developments in building code enforcement and professional growth.

• Manages contracts and requests for proposal (RFPs) for consulting inspection and plan review services in compliance with City purchasing policies.

• Provides leadership and mentoring in achieving goals and objectives of the division and staff.

• Provides education and training, as well as direct staff support to the Board of Appeals. Insures the applications to the Board of Appeals are complete and proceed in a timely manner.

• Works with IT Department and Planning Division on implementation of the City’s building permit software system (EnerGov).

• Creates or supervises the creation of monthly permit activity reports and other reports on permit and development activity as needed.

• Oversees and participates in the development of the annual budget for the division in association with the Director of Planning and Building Safety.

• Supervises public counter operations including procedures for permit issuance, contractor licensing, review schedules, and fee schedules.

• Provides technical and professional expertise; proposes and presents fee updates, building code updates and amendment to City building codes and ordinances; prepares and coordinates reports and presentations on current building issues for City Council, commissions, community groups and regulatory agencies; develops and maintains records, statistics and reports on construction activity.

• Maintains the integrity, professionalism, values and goals of the City by assuring all rules and regulations are followed, and accountability and public trust are preserved.

• Coordinates staff in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency.

• Oversees and maintains building permit filing system

• Creates procedures and arranges for final inspections with other departments and agencies.

• Assists in preparing a variety of informational handouts applicable to the City’s Building Division.


• Bachelor’s degree in architecture, engineering, construction management or similar field preferred, or relevant training and work experience may be substituted in lieu of a degree on a year-for-year basis,

• Five years increasingly responsible experience in a building code administration department or in the construction field

• Two years of supervisory experience;

• Or any equivalent combination of acceptable training, education, and experience as deemed appropriate by the City of Louisville. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

• Knowledge of appropriate City building codes and ordinances.

• Knowledge of applicable rules, regulations, codes and standards in assigned area including International Codes and the ICC ANSI 117.1.

• Knowledge of modern practices and methods employed in construction of buildings.

• Knowledge of the principles and procedures of record keeping.

• Knowledge of the principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation.

• Knowledge of safe building and inspection procedures including OSHA regulations.

• Skilled in the use of a personal computer and various software programs.

• Excellent ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing, with a wide range of clients and public officials.

• Ability to interpret and evaluate building plans for compliance with applicable codes, laws, and regulations.

• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with citizens, developers, public officials, other departments, and related agencies.

• Ability to select, supervise, train and evaluate staff.

• Ability to acquire knowledge of the geography of the City in a short time frame.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Successful candidates will be required to complete a pre-placement physical and 5-panel drug screen prior to employment. A background investigation and driving record will be performed on qualified candidates.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE JOB: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to read, speak and hear. The employee is frequently required to sit and use hands, fingers, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The position also requires both near and far vision when inspecting work and operating assigned equipment. This position must be able to stoop, bend, crouch, crawl, climb, or otherwise traverse building and construction sites in a safe manner. Must have the ability to lift or move materials weighing up to 40 pounds.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The employee is exposed to construction sites where heavy equipment as well as building construction tools are used. Work is frequently performed out of doors, some in inclement weather conditions. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: The City of Louisville offers Equal Opportunity for employment and advancement to all qualified applicants and employees. It is the city’s policy not to discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry or disability unless related to a bonafide occupation qualification. This policy applies to all aspects of employment and the provision of the municipal services. The Human Resources Manager has been designated as the compliance coordinator for persons with disability seeking employment and will provide reasonable accommodations for testing and employment to qualified applicants.