Chief Construction Inspector

JOB CODE: 1718


SALARY RANGE: $39,157 - $66,661

Department of Development

Under the general direction of the Building Official, is responsible for the day to day activities of the construction inspectors. Supervises and participates in the enforcement program of established rules for plans, workmanship, and materials to ensure that installation, repair, or construction is carried out in compliance with established guidelines and specifications. Incumbent has wide latitude for exercising independent judgment and use of delegated authority, particularly with respect to the daily interpretation and enforcement of the laws, rules, regulations, codes and ordinances applicable to Inspection operations. Performs other work as requested.

Reviews new edition of codes and works with the Building Official to recommend needed changes in local code ordinances. Develops routine operating procedures relating to the review and approval of plans and specifications for construction, the issuance of appropriate permits, and other miscellaneous operations subject to the approval of the Building Official. Recommends approval or rejection of plans, specifications and applications; examines, accepts or rejects, and assists in the plan check process, when unusual questions arise. Ensures that all new and existing projects comply with established codes, regulations, ordinances, and plans. Supervises subordinate inspectors; reviews subordinate inspectors' daily inspection reports; assist inspectors with interpretation of enforcement problems. Makes inspections of major buildings or structures as to conformity to the conditions of the permit; approves issuance of permits and licenses to viable applicants. Follows-up on complaints and/or violations and ensures their satisfactory completion; reviews letters regarding violations. Determines extent of deterioration of buildings considered for demolition or repair.

Knowledge of City and State laws governing installation, construction, and modification of residential, industrial and commercial facilities and buildings. Knowledge of materials, methods, and techniques used in various types of construction and stages of construction when possible defects and violations may be most easily observed and corrected. Knowledge of codes and ordinances which govern the issuance of appropriate permits, and of certification and licensing of contractors. Knowledge of the principles and practice of modern office administration. Skill in enforcing conformity with firmness, tact and impartiality. Skill in the safe operation of a light motor vehicle. Ability to coordinate and plan inspection activities of the City. Ability to act in the Building Official's place in his absence. Ability to read, understand and interpret plans, drawings, blueprints, specifications, and related construction documents, and identify them to construction in progress. Ability to organize, supervise and coordinate the work of technical, administrative and clerical personnel performing varied code preparation, interpretation and enforcement tasks. Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with the public and fellow employees. Ability to apply good work habits such as punctuality, reliability, preciseness, and dependability in order to effectively complete assigned tasks and contribute to the smooth operation of the department and division.


High school diploma, GED, HiSET, or equivalent certificate of competency, and four years of progressively responsible experience in a specific building trade, including two years of supervisory experience.

Any equivalent combination of education and experience.

(Unless otherwise specified below, must possess at the time of appointment and must be maintained current throughout employment in this classification.) Employee(s) of this classification must be registered with the Louisiana State Uniform Construction Code Council. Also, employee(s) must be certified as an Inspector by the International Code Council (or equivalent organization) in both residential and commercial in one (1) of the following disciplines: building, electrical, mechanical, or plumbing. Certification as a Certified Building Official (CBO) by the International Code Council (or equivalent organization) may substitute for certification as an Inspector by the International Code Council (or equivalent organization) in both residential and commercial in one (1) of the following disciplines: building, electrical, mechanical, or plumbing. Must have a valid Louisiana driver's license at the time of appointment and must be maintained throughout employment in this classification.


The work examples described in this specification are intended only as an illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from job performance requirements if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the job.