City of Moab, UT
  • Moab, UT, USA
  • 25.20-31.50 per hour
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

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Wage: $25.20-$31.50, depending on qualifications

General Purpose

The Building Inspector/Plans Examiner performs advanced level technical duties of plan review and inspections for both commercial and residential buildings to ensure compliance with adopted local municipal ordinances including the currently state-adopted building codes and amendments.

Inspect buildings during construction to ensure that all phases of new construction and completed buildings comply with zoning, building, fire, and safety regulations and inspect existing structures for structural and fire safety.

Interpret regulations and codes to builders and property owners and assist them in developing and amending construction plans to meet established standards. Advises the public on matters relating to construction and other code requirements, and provides technical information to architects, engineers, and contractors.

Works independently and reports directly to the Building Official.

Works closely with the Permit Technician and the Planning and Engineering Administrative Assistant for completion of daily tasks. Also works as a team member with Planning Director, Engineering Department, Code Compliance, and other local government agencies.

Reporting Relationships

Supervision Received: Receives direction from the Building Official

Essential Functions

  • Serve as a Building Inspector for the City of Moab, inspecting a variety of residential and commercial construction projects to determine whether workmanship and materials conform to applicable building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, fire, or other specialized codes and laws;
  • Conducts complex and comprehensive inspections to assure compliance to building codes;
  • Review plans, drawings, and specifications for compliance with building codes;
  • Approve building projects and issue appropriate building permits for new construction as well as repair or remodeling of existing structures;
  • Assume authority and responsibility for plan corrections as to conformance to adopted city ordinances and codes;
  • Advise architects, engineers, and contractors on building code and design requirements for the preparation of various building documents;
  • Review construction projects at completion for issuance of Certificate of Occupancy;
  • Review and study codes to stay abreast of changes;
  • Serve as a resource to contractors, property owners, and design professionals on matters relating to code requirements and construction techniques and practices;
  • Inspect buildings under construction and existing buildings for compliance with the appropriate codes and ordinances;
  • Work with the Permit Technician, and others, to calculate applicable building and plan review fees;
  • Work with other city departments to coordinate plan approval and building code related issues;
  • Complete accurate and detailed inspection reports;
  • Investigate complaints relative to building codes and regulations and work with Code Compliance for the compliance of such laws;
  • Inspect premises of business license applicants in conjunction with other local government agencies, to ascertain compliance with building and regulations.
  • Issues "stop work" notices and, if necessary, testifies in court regarding violations;
  • Perform related duties as required.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Effective interpersonal communication skills and ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with contractors, co-workers, and public officials;
  • Detail oriented;
  • Considerable knowledge of building-related codes and ordinances enforced by the city.
  • Considerable knowledge of current building construction methods, materials, tools, and equipment;
  • Follow proper inspection techniques to examine workmanship and materials and detect deviations from plans, regulations, and standard construction practices;
  • Read and interpret building plans, specifications, and building codes;
  • Ability to detect hazards and violations and detail what the codes require during field inspection work;
  • Ability to enforce regulations with firmness, tact and impartiality in field inspection work;
  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing; ability to read and accurately interpret plans and specifications of any complexity, and to compare them with construction in progress;
  • Exercise good judgment, flexibility, creativity, and sensitivity in response to changing situations and needs;
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work;
  • Must have working knowledge of zoning codes, business licensing, and other governmental functions;
  • Efficiency with use of programs on a computer/tablet; and
  • Experience using Microsoft programs, Google Drive, Google Earth, and iWorQ permitting application or similar web-based programs preferred.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience

  • Associates Degree in a related field; or
  • Two (2) years of combination inspection experience in residential and commercial building inspection; or
  • An equivalent combination of training and experience.


Must possess and maintain:

  • ICC commercial and residential 4-way certification
  • State of Utah Combination Building Inspector license.
  • A valid Utah driver's license.

Working Environment and Physical Demands

  • Visits to job sites include exposure to dust, extreme hot and cold temperatures, noise and inclement weather in a construction zone environment with occasional exposure to hazardous work conditions;
  • May be exposed to heavy machinery, extreme weather conditions, and hazardous chemicals;
  • Physical demands consist of frequent standing, climbing, walking, lifting, bending, or stooping;
  • May be required to traverse uneven terrain, work in trenches, climb ladders and walk on steep slope roofs;
  • May be required to lift and carry items weighing up to 75 pounds. Must be able to see and hear in the normal range with or without correction; and
  • Must have the stamina to work long hours and overtime, if assigned, and must be willing to work an irregular schedule, and may occasionally be required to attend evening meetings after working a full day.

Selection Guidelines

A formal application and resume is required; finalists will interview with the appropriate hiring authority. Applicant must pass a pre-employment drug test and background check.

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