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City of Torrance
Class Code: 3531

Class Designation: Civil Service

May 1996

Representation Unit: Engineers Association &Torrance Fiscal Employees Assoc.


Building Inspector


Under general supervision, to inspect less complex building and structures, such as residential buildings, in all phases of construction, alteration and repair for compliance to City codes and applicable state laws, as well as adherence to plans, specifications and safety regulations; to determine that buildings or any other structures and land usage are in conformity with health and safety regulations; to issue permits; to assist in enforcing environmental regulations and to do related work as required.

Reporting Relationships

The Building Inspector receives supervision from either the Building Inspection Supervisor or the Environmental Quality Administrator.

Examples Of Duties

  • Inspects less complex buildings and structures for conformance to building and related codes.
  • Checks methods of construction and quality of materials.
  • Issues correction notices.
  • Keeps records and submits reports.
  • Checks routine plans and specifications for compliance with State law and codes regulating buildings as adopted by the City.
  • Rechecks conformance of plans to correction sheets.
  • Consults with and advises the public, contractors and builders regarding building laws and requirements.
  • Issues building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical and any other permits as required.
  • Determines that buildings or any other structures and land usage are in conformity with health and safety or zoning regulations.
  • Assists in the enforcement of environmental regulations pertaining to matters such as signs, oilwells, noise, litter, or any other pollutant to the environment.
  • Issues building permits and tracks information using computer software.
  • Qualification Guidelines

    Knowledge of

  • Building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and related codes and laws;
  • Basic principles and techniques of structural building inspection;
  • Building materials, accepted safety standards and modern methods of building construction;
  • Permit issuance guidelines;
  • Building permit issuance software currently used by the Industry.
  • Ability to

  • Analyze, interpret, and check building plans and specifications for compliance to City codes and other applicable laws and for minor structural requirements;
  • Prepare clear and comprehensive written reports and correction sheets;
  • Maintain cooperative working relationships with engineers, architects, contractors and the general public;
  • Obtain compliance to City codes and other applicable laws for less complex buildings and structures erected, altered or repaired.
  • Education / Training / Experience

    Equivalent to graduation from high school.
    A minimum of three years of building trades construction work in any of the recognized building trades, OR three years experience working a public counter within a municipal or county building department charged with enforcing codes or municipal laws and processing permits, OR two years previous experience as a building inspector for a municipal or county building department.

    Special Requirements

    Depending upon assignment, a valid class C California Driver's License may be required.
    An International Conference of Building Officials Inspector certificate or certificate of Inspection Technology is desirable.

    Career Ladder Information

    Experience gained in this classification may serve to meet the minimum requirements for promotion to Senior Building Inspector.