Code Compliance Specialist

  • Full Time
  • Boulder, CO
  • Aug 26, 2022

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Under general supervision, enforces the city environmental, building and other regulations related to the location, construction, condition and use of land, buildings and structures in all areas of the city. Performs investigations, site inspections and administrative and technical functions related to city code enforcement, development and building permit programs, and cannabis licensing enforcement. Provides the public and city staff with assistance and information regarding code enforcement activity.

The starting pay for this position is $25.30 – $30.90 hourly, commensurate with experience.

1. Responds to complaints and performs field inspections for compliance with the city’s environmental, housing, and building codes. This includes the following:

· Receives complaints about building, housing, or development violations.

· Performs visual inspections of neighborhoods to assess compliance with code requirements.

· Investigates complaints and determines necessary action to resolve.

· Performs field inspections in response to complaints to determine the existence of a violation.

· Tracks complaints and violations, monitors compliance progress and follows up with complainants and violators as necessary.

· Prepares violation notices, posts stop work orders, issues summons and provides court testimony.

· Assists Building Inspectors in the inspection of construction of one-and two-family dwellings, and accessory structures to ensure compliance with approved construction documents and site plans.

· Provides verbal and written notice to permit applicants, contractors, and homeowners of code and ordinance violations relating to construction activities. Reinspects construction work to ensure violations have been rectified.

· May serve as department representative on the Cannabis Licensing Enforcement Team and conducts annual inspections of all cannabis businesses.

2. Assists with the preparation of agendas, case files and reports to be included in correspondence to citizens, boards, department heads and the city attorneys’ office. This includes the following:

· Preparing information for appeals to municipal court.

· Preparing evidence reports related to code violations.

· Assists other Enforcement Officers with field investigations and reports necessary for compliance.

· Researching files and records to locate property owners, managers, and agents, to verify property ownership, permit history and previous enforcement violations.

· Coordinating work schedules and enforcement duties with the Police Department and other City and County departments.

3. Performs administrative functions in support of building and development permit processes. This includes the following:

· Schedules and conducts inspections to ensure that development projects maintain compliance over time and coordinates with Development Review Committee (DRC) members, Building Services and Engineering review.

· Assists in the reviews of escrow accounts established for construction projects.

· Maintains work log and coordinates work schedule and enforcement duties within the workgroup.

4. Inspects development projects for compliance with subdivision and land use requirements, as applicable. Consults with Planning and Development services staff, City Attorneys, City Departments, County and State Agencies and other Public agencies on issues related to code interpretations, implementation of proposed designs and municipal code violations. Provides general information and assistance to development applicants, contractors and the general public.

5. Other:

· Performs related duties as required to meet the needs of the city.

· Takes proper safety precautions, anticipates unsafe circumstances, and acts accordingly to prevent accidents. Responsible for the safety of self, others, materials, and equipment. Uses all required safety equipment and follows all safety regulations, policies and procedures. Reports all accidents and damage to city property.

· Responsible for knowing and complying with all city and department policies; participating in professional trainings and development; and adhering to attendance and workplace attire policies.

The City of Boulder is committed to hiring employees who provide excellent customer service. Our employees communicate courteously and responsively with the public, volunteers, and co-workers, are sensitive to diversity issues, provide effective and efficient service to the public and co-workers and act with a high level of integrity, and take responsibility for their words and actions.


(1) TITLE OF IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Code Compliance Specialist Supervisor



High School diploma or equivalent. Minimum of three years experience in a progressively responsible position with a municipal or state agency in a building code enforcement or compliance capacity or any equivalent combination of education, training and related experience. Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills. Demonstrated ability to read, understand and interpret construction documents including site plans. Demonstrated problem-solving skills. Demonstrated ability to work tactfully and effectively with others, including the public, in difficult situations and to exercise good judgment. Ability to apply mathematical formulas, fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions to practical situations. Ability to manage multiple tasks and prioritize. Good organizational skills. Valid Colorado driver’s license and acceptable motor vehicle record. Acceptable background information including criminal history.


· One or more current ICC certifications (Residential Building Inspector, Property Maintenance/Housing Inspector, Commercial Building Inspector, Residential Plans Examiner, and/or Building Plans Examiner)

· Experience working in a problem solving capacity with residents involving municipal regulations, neighborhood organizations, community mediation services or housing authorities.

· Experience as a code enforcement or compliance inspector, preferably with zoning, building, or health related regulations.

· Ability to recognize, investigate, and analyze a variety of legal conflicts or code violations and make effective recommendations.


Physical Demands: Physical ability to stand, walk, climb, and kneel. Ability to lift and/or exert on a regular basis weight of up to 50 pounds, and occasionally up to 100 pounds. Requires frequent hand/eye coordination to operate personal computer and office equipment; close vision for reading and to distinguish small objects and printed material, to focus far to distinguish objects or signs while operating machinery or vehicles, recording and interpreting information; speech communication and hearing to maintain communication with employees and the public.

Work Environment: Requires occasional exposure to loud or noisy work areas, occasional exposure to fumes and chemicals. Frequently works in an outdoor environment, with some occasional exposure to adverse weather conditions or mechanical/electrical/equipment hazards.

Machines and Equipment Used: Inspection vehicle, pager, office equipment such as printers, copiers, personal computers and associated office software including permit tracking programs and digital camera

ACCOMMODATIONS: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

Note: The above description is illustrative only. It is not meant to be all-inclusive.

The City of Boulder provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.

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