Building Official

JOB CODE: 1728


SALARY RANGE: $66,972 - $112,213

Department of Development

Under the direction of a higher classification, performs responsible administrative and technical work in directing all activities related to the enforcement of building codes and zoning ordinances of the parish. Work involves responsibility for the efficient administration of all municipal building and zoning codes to assure adherence to specified standards of materials, workmanship, and safety. The employee of this class supervises a large staff of inspectional and clerical personnel through subordinate supervisors. Work is carried on with complete technical independence within a framework of established policy. Performs other work as requested.

Plans and supervises the enforcement of the municipal building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, fire zone, demolition, house numbering, street-cuts, and zoning ordinances and codes. Advises inspectors on difficult technical and inspectional problems, particularly where structural safety and soundness is concerned and in difficult enforcement cases. Consults with contractors, architects, engineers, building owners, and the public on the requirements of building, zoning, and other codes, and on proper design and construction methods; supervises the review of plans for structural adequacy. Prepares and recommends amendments to and revisions of building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and related codes. Appears before various boards and courts to testify in appeals and other legal actions. Reviews and/or signs commercial permits; dictates memorandums or letters.

Knowledge of all types of building construction, materials, and methods, and stages of construction when possible violations and defects may be most easily observed and corrected. Knowledge of the municipal building, plumbing, electrical, fire zone, street-cuts, house numbering, and zoning ordinances and related codes. Knowledge of the legal procedures involved in enforcing building codes. Knowledge of structural engineering as applied to the design of reinforced concrete, masonry, steel, timber, and other structures. Knowledge of estimating practices and procedures as applied to building, plumbing, and electrical work. Skill in making complicated engineering and mathematical calculations, and in the use of engineering devices and reference materials. Ability to read and accurately interpret plans, specifications, and blueprints. Ability to plan, organize, and supervise the work of a large inspectional and office staff in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, building owners, architects, contractors, 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.


Bachelor's degree in one of the recognized branches of engineering from the Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board, architecture, construction technology or management, or a closely related field, and five years of experience in building construction inspection or related work, including three years of supervisory experience; plus two years of experience in commercial permitting.

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 a Certified Building Official (CBO) by the International Code Council (or equivalent organization). 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.