Chief Code Enforcement Officer

JOB CODE: 1720


SALARY RANGE: $45,329 - $76,968

Department of Development

Under the direction of the Deputy Building Official and/or Assistant Building Official, performs responsible work supervising the daily activities of code enforcement officers. Work involves supervision of a section or combination of sections (building, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical) within the division; and supervision of the enforcement of city codes and ordinances pertaining to signs, housing, litter, overgrowth, abandoned vehicles, garbage containers, and dump sites. Work also involves supervising and participating 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 the Inspection division. Performs other work as requested.

Supervises subordinate code enforcement officers; reviews daily inspection reports; assist officers with interpretation of enforcement problems. Reviews new edition of codes and works with the Building Official, Deputy Building Official, and Assistant Building Official to recommend needed changes in local code ordinances. Review subdivisions, traffic, drainage, building, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical plans. 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. Approves issuance of permits and licenses to viable applicants. Follows-up on complaints, violations, and ensures their satisfactory completion; reviews letters on violations. Inspects buildings or structures as to conformity to the conditions of the permit. Determines extent of deterioration of building 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 building, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing construction and stages in construction when possible defects and violations may be most easily observed and corrected. Knowledge of the codes, regulations, and ordinances governing installation, construction, alteration, and repair of residential and commercial improvements. Knowledge of codes and ordinances which govern the issuance of appropriate permits and certification and licensing of contractors. Knowledge of possible defects and flaws in design, installation, and construction and of appropriate corrective measures. Knowledge of City-Parish Code of Ordinances, City-Parish Resolutions, and Unified Development Code (UDC). Knowledge of the modern principles and practice of 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-Parish. Ability to read, understand, and interpret plans, drawings, blueprints, specifications, and related construction documents and identify them to construction in progress. Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, and to effectively respond to complaints concerning plan implementation. Ability to recognize conditions likely to result in defects in facilities and structures under construction. 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 effective working relationships with other employees, contractors, architects, and the public. 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 five years of experience in code inspection, construction inspection, or building construction work.

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 all of the following disciplines: building, electrical, mechanical, and 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 all of the following disciplines: building, electrical, mechanical, and 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.