Building Inspector or Senior Building Inspector/ Plans Examiner

Website City of Lafayette, CO

City of Lafayette Building Division

This position is open until filled, applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Please do not apply if you do not have a current State of Colorado Journeyman’s or Master Electrician license and a P1 Residential Plumbing Inspector Certificate from the International Code Council.

The City of Lafayette, Colorado is seeking a Combination Inspector/Plans Examiner with a current State of Colorado Journeyman or Master Electrician License, a P1 Residential Plumbing Inspector Certificate from the International Code Council, and Combination Inspection experience. Experience with both residential and commercial construction is required.  This position has the potential to receive on-the-job plan review training.

This position is focused on providing combination inspection services to many different types of projects from basement finishes and remodels to solar installations and all types of commercial projects.  The city is experiencing a diverse growth in building activity from new single-family dwellings and multi-family to new commercial buildings and tenant finish projects which will provide a fantastic challenge to correctly interpret the requirements of the adopted building codes.

About the City
Lafayette is a thriving and diverse community of approximately 30,500 residents. The City boasts Waneka Lake park and boathouse, 20 community parks, 1,640 acres of open space, and 20 miles of trails encompassing 9.54 square miles at the foothills of the Rockies. Our community enjoys robust services and amenities, including the Indian Peaks Golf Course, Great Outdoors Water Park, The Collective Community Arts Center and Lafayette Public Library to name a few! With additional amenities such as local events and a vibrant downtown, Lafayette has appeared on numerous national lists of top places to live and raise a family.

Exceptional City Provided Benefits:

100% City-paid Medical, Dental, Vision (up to $25,980 annually for family coverage)
401A Retirement Plan (10.2% City, 8% Employee, immediately 100% vested upon hire)
Life Insurance (One year’s salary up to $150,000. AD&D coverage in equal amount)
Tuition Assistance (up to $5000 per year for approved expenses)
Employee Assistance Program (free counseling, travel assistance, legal aid, etc)
Short and Long-Term Disability
Bilingual Pay
Additional Benefits:Deferred Compensation and Roth Options
Voluntary Life Insurance/AD&D
Identity Theft Program
Recreation Center Pass
Wellness Punch Card (100 punches per year to use at golf course, waterpark, etc)
Leave:First year employees will accrue 80 hours Vacation
96 hours Sick Leave
24 hours Floating Holiday Leave
11.5 paid City holidays.
Other leave programs are offered to include FMLA, Parental and Bereavement Leave



Essential FunctionsThe following duties are illustrative only and are not intended to be all inclusive:

Examine plans for residential structures and commercial buildings for compliance with building codes and City regulations; examine all incoming plans on residential accessory structures; examine plans for residential dwellings and additions to same; perform preliminary reviews, as requested for residential remodels; review and approve site plans for mobile home sets and for fence permit issuance.
Reviews building permits as designated by Building Official
Act as the initial contact person with the public with regard to building code and limited zoning code questions; answer code questions relative to basic residential and limited commercial construction; resolve or route customer complaints.
Serve as contact person for inspectors.
Review building permit applications and answer questions regarding zoning and building ordinances and enforce City ordinance regarding contractors’ licenses.
Process and issue permit and license applications; supply informational documents and simple plan outlines for permit procedures.
Maintain the building permit, license, and inspection programs; pinpoint problems and initiate requests for service, upgrades and/or additional programs for system; assist inspector by looking up information, clarification of information, cancellation of inspections, and address locations.
May act as the liaison with inspector and customer for scheduling of inspection times.
Advise homeowners, architects, designers, contractors and developers on code and design requirements; confer with architects, contractors, builders, and the general public in the field and office.
Develop citizen assistance/code related handouts and information; prepare and maintain a variety of records, reports, documents, and correspondence; initiate necessary written correspondence and maintain activity records.
Accept/reject submitted blueprints based on division policy and minimum information requirements for plan submittal; perform cursory review of plans to determine if minimum information is provided for plan acceptance; assist in reading and interpreting construction drawings and blueprints to ensure that specifications meet electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and building construction codes; assist in the checking of building plans; assist in the conduct of zoning and general land use and code enforcement inspection work as assigned.
Maintain permitting and inspection services database which includes formatting, entering, retrieving data; preparing related monthly activity reports; recommending database modifications consistent with operational needs.
Perform building inspections to determine compliance with adopted building, zoning and other City adopted codes related to building construction; refer to approved construction plans, and confer with construction superintendents, architects, engineers and building owners.
Communicate inspection results orally, in writing, and electronically.
Assess re-inspection fees, post notices of non-compliance.
Answer questions and explain issues related to the codes, and results of building inspections.
Arrange inspection schedule to best serve the needs of the public.
Stay up-to-date on and maintain knowledge of existing, revised, and new state and local codes and ordinances and professional developments within the field.
May assume the duties of the Building Official in his/her absence.
Perform related work as required and assigned.


Typical QualificationsKNOWLEDGE:  Working knowledge of all applicable building codes and related state and local regulations, and the ability to read, interpret and explain such codes, and ability to read, interpret and explain construction drawings.  Considerable knowledge of techniques and materials of the construction trade and of the stages in construction when possible defects in building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical installations may be easily observed and corrected; working knowledge of computers and ability to operate and learn various permitting software programs.  In addition, this position requires general knowledge of the principles and practices of city planning.

SKILL:  Demonstrated skill in preparing written reports and projects; demonstrated skill in the operation of equipment necessary to perform functions of the job; reading and interpreting blueprints and other similar drawings; applying knowledge of national uniform building codes, zoning, and land use applications.

ABILITY:  Analyze, interpret, and check complex plans, specifications, calculations, laws, and regulations; enforce codes and regulations firmly, tactfully, and impartially; analyze situations quickly and objectively and determine proper courses of action; express ideas clearly and concisely; maintain files and records; follow written and verbal instructions; establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, other employees and public; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

TRAINING:  High school diploma or equivalent, supplemented by two (2) years course work in building technology, construction management, planning, architecture, or engineering.

EXPERIENCE:  Four (4) years increasingly responsible experience in combination inspection, building code enforcement, general construction or a related field or any equivalent combination of training and experience that provides evidence that the applicant possesses the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Three years of experience as a Plans Analyst preferred. State of Colorado Journeyman’s or Master Electrician License is desired and may be required for some positions.

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