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Full-Time Building Inspector


The City of Lakewood is currently accepting applications for a full-time Building Inspector I.  Building inspector candidates will have a basic knowledge of the Ohio Building Codes, federal, state, and local laws and ordinances, and experience in the construction or renovation of commercial and residential structures and construction techniques. Must be able to read and interpret building construction plans and conduct inspections of new and existing structures ensuring building code compliance. Will have the ability to review permit applications against plan approvals, and issue construction permits. Must document and maintain all inspection records and issue Certificates of Completion and/or Certificates of Occupancy upon completion of work.  Must be able to communicate with owners, contractors, and design professionals regarding the conditions of approval, manufacturer’s installation and listing requirements, and standards of construction. Must investigate complaints and respond to requests related to building and property maintenance; identify code violations and ensure compliance with local zoning regulations and property maintenance ordinances, and issue related violation letters. Will conduct Code Compliance Inspections of rental and retail properties and conduct fire damage inspections. Must have the ability to interact with the public within the community to provide information and have knowledge of the legal processes associated with violation notices and court hearings. Must be able to prepare clear and concise reports and correspondence utilizing information technology with Microsoft Office, mobile applications, and proprietary software. Will be able to work independently organizing work, setting priorities, meeting critical deadlines. Must be able to problem solve and communicate orally and in writing with staff and the general public and have basic math skills.

Successful candidates will possess the skills to lead, delegate job assignments, tasks and equipment in day-to-day operations as necessary including the capability to work effectively and professionally with other employees, contractors, vendors and the public in a fast-paced environment. Will be able to work independently and within teams on project assignments and must provide office support as needed. Must be able to problem solve, and follow instructions, policies and procedures while recognizing and recommending changes to improve efficiency. Will be able to train employees to perform various tasks and in the proper and safe use of equipment.

While performing the essential functions of this job, the incumbent is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects; ascend and descend stairs, scaffolding and ramps; maintain body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing, crouching, or running on narrow, slippery or erratically moving surfaces; move about on hands and knees; bend body downward and forward, requiring full use of the lower extremities and back muscles; reach with hands and arms; speak and hear; use color, odor, texture, shape and sound perception and discrimination; and push, pull and/or lift up to 10 pounds frequently and up to 20 pounds occasionally. Work is performed in a normal office environment and in the field exposing the employee to outside atmospheric conditions; conditions such as fumes, noxious odors, dusts, mists, gases and poor ventilation that affect the respiratory system, eyes or the skin; possibly bodily injury from moving mechanical parts of equipment, tools, or machinery, electrical shock, falling from high, exposed places, explosions and/or toxic or caustic chemicals. 


Education and Experience:

  • High school diploma or GED; and,
  • Three to four years of progressively responsible related experience, or
  • A combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Valid Driver’s License with less than 8 points and
  • OBBS Building Inspector Certification (BI)
  • OBBS Electrical Safety Inspector (ESI) or OBBS Plumbing Inspector (PI) is preferred, but not required.


Normal working hours are between 7:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday.  Employee may be required to work overtime pursuant to the provisions of Article 5 and Article 15 of the current negotiated agreement.  Applicants may be reassigned as required.

Interviews will be conducted on TBD.

Compensation and Benefits

Starting Salary = $57,273.55 plus Licensing bonus.

Benefits include health and prescription coverage, dental, vision, life and supplemental benefits are available.


How to Apply:

Interested applicants should apply online by clicking here or download and complete a job application and either email to hr@lakewoodoh.net or mail to the City of Lakewood, Office of Human Resources, 12650 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, OH 44107.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The City of Lakewood is an Equal Opportunity Employer.