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 CONSTRUCTION BUILDING INSPECTOR - Arlington, Virginia, United States

Job information
Posted by: Arlington County 
Hiring entity type: Government 
Work authorization: Not Specified for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: US$1402252 - 2142566
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Construction
Engineering - Civil
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 2882894 / Latpro-3758255 
Date posted: Oct-16-2020
State, Zip: Virginia, 22234



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Arlington *METRO-accessible*, VA

Job Type

Full-Time Permanent


Community Planning, Housing and Development

Job Number



10/29/2020 11:59 PM Eastern

Position Information

Arlington County's Community Planning, Housing and Development (CPHD) Department is seeking a Building Inspector to join their IAS-accredited, award-winning Inspection Services Division. The Inspection Services Division is responsible for working with Arlington citizens and developers to build and maintain property throughout the County.

The Building Inspector ensures that all phases of building construction are done in conformance with codes, ordinances, and approved plans and specifications. Inspectors in this position use personal computers and/or mobile devices to record the results and status of inspections, as well as to prepare letters and written notices of violation.  Additionally, the Inspector will receive training on materials, methodology, and code requirements for residential and commercial high-rise inspections.

Specific duties include:

  • Performing inspections at various stages of residential and commercial construction in compliance with statewide building codes, including issuing notices of violation, and identifying and recommending solutions;
  • Communicating with contractors, developers, builders, and homeowners to explain applicable codes and legal requirements;
  • Reviewing and interpreting construction plans and blueprints;
  • Receiving continuous training on materials, methodology, and code requirements for residential and commercial high-rise inspections;
  • Maintaining knowledge of and researching applicable State, County, and local codes, and applying that knowledge;
  • Completing damage assessments; and
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

The successful candidate for this position is familiar with State, County, and/or local building codes, with excellent communication skills, thrives in a fast-paced environment and able to work with a wide variety of people to identify and resolve problems.
Selection Criteria

Minimum Requirements : High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent, plus:

Building Inspector I : Three years of experience in trade specialty area or in general building construction and/or codes inspection or enforcement, or closely related field.

Building Inspector II : Three years of experience in trade specialty area or general building construction with one year of experience in construction codes inspection, enforcement or closely related field, and certification as a Commercial Inspector and Residential Inspector in trade specialty.

Building Inspector III : Three years of experience in trade specialty area or general building construction experience with two years of experience in construction codes inspection, enforcement, or closely related field; PLUS certification as a Residential Inspector and Commercial Inspector in trade specialty; and certification as a Combination Residential Inspector.

Substitution : Apprenticeship and/or trade school training related to specialty area may substitute for up to one (1) year of general experience on a year-for-year basis.

Desirable : Preference may be given to candidates with an Associate degree in related field and one or more of the following:

  • Experience with application and interpretation of Building codes or National codes;
  • Experience with enforcement of Building codes or National codes;
  • Skill in reading and interpreting plans, specifications and blueprints; and/or
  • Experience with high-rise/commercial building codes or construction experience.

Special Requirements

  • The employee must obtain State certifications as a residential and commercial Building Inspector within the 12-month probationary period. Selected inspectors will receive cross training in all areas of code enforcement and may be responsible for providing technical direction in their specialty to other inspectors.
  • The employee must progress through the Construction Codes Inspector series to Construction Codes Inspector III within three years of hire, completing all of the required training modules and passing the required examinations to become certified as a Combination Residential Inspector and Commercial Inspector in trade specialty (Building).
  • A standard County background check will be made on all candidates. Additional background checks may be necessary prior to admittance to secure federal facilities.
  • The applicant must possess, or obtain by the time of employment, a valid driver's license, applicant must provide a copy of or allow Arlington County to obtain a copy of the driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.
  • Completion of the Commonwealth of Virginia Statement of Economic Interest form will be required of the successful candidate upon hire and annually thereafter.

Additional Information

This recruitment is open until the position is filled with a preferred filing date of October 30, 2020 . Applicants submitted by this date will receive first consideration. Applications will be reviewed and interviews conducted on a continuous basis.

Building Inspector positions may be filled at level I, II, or III based on candidate's experience and qualifications.

The salary range for Building Inspector I is $47,236.80 - $72,113.60
The salary range for Building Inspector II is $54,641.60 - $83,449.60
The salary range for Building Inspector III is $58,427.20 - $89,273.60

Positions require climbing ladders and going into trenches, walking up stairways, accessing small spaces and spending several hours a day standing and/or walking. Substantial time is spent outdoors or in buildings under construction/renovation in all types of weather conditions.

Work hours : Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Occasionally, inspections are scheduled outside of normal work hours. Inspectors normally start and end the workday in the office and are required to participate in meetings and task groups.

The official job title is Construction Codes Inspector.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website: (see application details)

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement:  a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457).  The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County.  You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan.  General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan. 

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan.  The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit.  New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above.  They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays. 

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments: 
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


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