Building Inspector and Enforcement Officer

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Hinsdale County is looking to fill the following position:  Building Official and Enforcement Officer.  For a full job description and requirements, contact the Hinsdale County Administrator’s office at [email protected] , 970-944-2225, 311 N. Henson St., P.O. Box 277, Lake City, CO 81235.  Salary is commensurate upon experience and qualifications.





FLSA STATUS:       Exempt


DEPARTMENT:      County Administration; Environment Health Officials




The Building and Enforcement Officer (“Officer”) shall report directly to the Board of County Commissioners. The Officer shall perform technical and specialized inspection work involving construction, zoning and sanitation to ensure compliance with established standards for the Town of Lake City, Hinsdale County, CDPHE, FEMA, the Army Corps of Engineers, and other regulatory agencies, as provided by contract or law. The Officer provides environmental services and other regulatory oversight on behalf of the Silver Thread Public Health District, as directed by the Executive Director of the Health District.  The Officer shall also prepare correspondence, keep records and make reports relevant to the above-mentioned duties.  The Officer shall also provide assistance to the public in understanding and complying with applicable codes and regulations.




The following duties are illustrative of the essential functions of the Officer’s job, but do not include other non-essential or marginal duties that may be required.  The County reserves the right to modify or change the duties or essential functions of this job at any time.


·         Building Official:

o   Accepts and evaluates applications for building permits for the Town of Lake City and Hinsdale County, which duties include reviewing construction plans and specifications for completeness and to ensure compliance with all applicable codes and regulations.

o   Issues building permits pertaining to this same.

o   Performs required inspections during construction or as specified by codes and regulations to ensure compliance with applicable codes and regulations.

o   Maintains records of permits and actions regarding inspections and deficiencies, violations and certificates of occupancy.

o   Issues certificates of occupancy, as appropriate.

o   Attends public and professional meetings as necessary.

o   Educates the public concerning building codes and development regulations and enforcement.

o   Calculates appropriate fees.

o   Participates in continuing education regarding changes and updates to codes, building practices and State and Federal requirements.


·            Zoning:

o    Works with prospective applicants to explain zoning regulation requirements.

o    Monitors Hinsdale County projects for potential violations of zoning regulations.

o    Investigates and takes action on suspected zoning violations.

o    Prepares necessary paperwork, and ensures notices are posted for appeals to the Board of Zoning Adjustment.

o    Prepares monthly reports of activities for the Board of County Commissioners and the Planning commission.

o    Attends the monthly Planning Commission meetings as requested by the County Administrator.


·         Environmental Health:

o    Serves as the Hinsdale County enforcement officer on behalf of the Silver Thread Public Health District

o    Investigates and makes recommendations to correct environmental health problems.

o    Assists citizens with new or existing septic systems; inspects land for leachability and potable water supply, calculates the needs of septic systems verifying that they will adhere to governmental regulations, inspects newly installed systems, examines existing and/or malfunctioning systems.

o    Inspects areas for violations of environmental health standards, and composes violation reports.

o    Inspects and reports on non-community ground water facilities within Hinsdale County.

o    Is responsible for enforcing applicable regulations for environmental health concerns including clean air and water requirements, as required by applicable law or regulation.


·          Flood plains Manager:  Works with FEMA and CWCB on floodplain issues and keeps the County floodplain resolution current. Maintains annual certification as a State certified flood plain manager


·         Recreation Property Manager: Oversees the operation, maintenance and upkeep of campground areas.  Supervises campground hosts and custodians.


·         Buildings and Grounds:  Regularly inspects all buildings and facilities owned by the County to determine maintenance requirements.  Performs maintenance on county buildings and facilities, including the campground(s).  Arranges for extraordinary maintenance though private contractors in accordance with the County’s purchasing policy.

·         Confidentiality:  Ability and commitment to maintain confidentiality regarding all Hinsdale County matters.




Education & Experience:


High School Diploma or GED*; and


Certified in International Residential Code and International Building Codes or obtains certification as soon as practicable following hire; and


Training and experience in general construction trades, industrial arts, blueprint reading, reading of construction documents and plans and a minimum of three years experience as a skilled craftsman in work related to the building and construction trades.


Various certifications and experience in principle work elements may be required or the employee will be expected to obtain such certification within a reasonable period of time.




This position reports to:  The Hinsdale Board of County Commissioners, the Executive Director of the Silver Thread Public Health District and the Town of Lake City Manager


This position has supervisory and/or management responsibility for:   Campground Hosts and Custodians




·         Excellent organizational skills

·         Knowledge of Hinsdale County Building Codes and Regulations

·         Knowledge of Hinsdale County Zoning Regulations

·         Knowledge of applicable public health, county, state, and federal laws and regulations       concerning environmental health and consumer protection

·         Knowledge and skill in office management

·         Knowledge of current computer technology and ability to use or learn a variety of application software programs

·         Knowledge of or ability to learn departmental policies and procedures, overall department functions, and general individual responsibilities within the department

·          Ability to remain versatile and flexible while simultaneously managing multiple tasks and people in a busy office

·         Ability to work closely and effectively with co-workers to provide excellent customer service

·         Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, and supervisors

·         Ability to work under minimal supervision and to exercise independent judgment and a high degree of initiative within established procedures

·         Ability to read and interpret a variety of complex rules, regulations, and other materials

·         Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing in a clear and concise manner

·         Ability to effectively manage time

·         Ability to problem-solve

·         Strong communication and interpersonal skills




Relationships are with the general public, co-workers, and supervisors.



Copy Machine
Computer, printer, scanner
Various software systems
Tools needed for building maintenance and upkeep
Tools needed for upkeep of Memorial Park and areas around the Courthouse and Administration Office
Tools needed to complete special projects assigned by the County Administrator
County vehicle for inspections and other job related functions


Work is confined to a standard office environment for short periods
Work outside of the office involves driving County vehicle to reach sites with exposure to outside weather, wind and noise
Work outside of the office involves maintenance and upkeep of County buildings, facilities and grounds
Work outside of the office may include special projects assigned by the Board of County Commissioners

The following are some of the physical demands commonly associated with this position.



Must be able to climb ladders, crawl on hands and knees

Must be able to lift 60 pounds

Handles, seizes, holds, grasps, turns, or otherwise works with hand or hands
Fingers, picks up, pinches, or otherwise works primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand or arm
Ability to hold and operate tools used for maintenance and upkeep of County buildings, facilities and grounds and other special projects assigned by the  Board of County Commissioners



Close vision (clear at 20 inches or less)
Distance vision (clear at 20 feet or more)
Color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors)
Peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left or right while eyes are fixed at a given point)
Depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships)
Ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus)

Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing in a clear and concise manner

Must have a valid Colorado Driver’s License.  Must be able to operate a vehicle on mountain roads in inclement weather.