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City of Torrance
Class Code: 3532

Class Designation: Civil Service

February 1989

Representation Unit: Engineers Association &Torrance Fiscal Employees Assoc.


Senior Building Inspector


Under general supervision to make inspections of buildings and structures of more than average size and complexity in all phases of construction, alteration and repair, for adherence to plans, specifications, and for compliance to the City codes and applicable State laws; to issue permits; to assist in the training of general building inspectors; and to do related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This class is distinguished from the Principal Building Inspector in that the incumbent is not responsible for the supervision of subordinate staff. Distinguishdd from a Building Inspector in that the incumbent inspects the more complex structures such as commercial/industrial projects. Distinguished from Senior Electrical Inspector, Senior Plumbing Inspector and Senior Mechanical Inspector in that the incumbent regularly inspects general building contruction and enforces environmental codes and regulations.

Examples Of Duties

  • Inspects buildings and structures of all levels of complexity for conformance to the Building and related codes;
  • checks methods of construction and quality of materials;
  • keeps records and submits reports;
  • issues correction tags;
  • checks plans and specifications on all types of structures;
  • rechecks conformance of plans to correction sheets;
  • insures maintenance of qualified special inspection when such is required;
  • makes occupancy inspections to determine compliance of existing, as well as new, buildings and structures to building, electrical, plumbing and other related codes, laws and the State Housing act;
  • consults with and advises the public, regarding building, electrical, plumbing and other codes, laws and statutes concerning building construction;
  • issues building permits;
  • and assists in training building inspectors in building code enforcement.
  • Minimum Qualifications

    Knowledge of
  • Building, electrical, plumbing, sewer, and related codes;
  • Basic principles and techniques of structural building inspection
  • Building materials, accepted safety standards and modern methods of building construction;
  • College level algebra, trigonometry, statistics and properties of materials.
  • Ability to
  • Analyze, interpret, and accurately check building plans and specifications for compliance to codes and structural requirements;
  • Prepare clear, comprehensive reports and correction sheets;
  • Maintain cooperative working relationships with engineers, architects, contractors, and the general public.
  • License Required

    A valid Class 3 California Driver's License.


    Five years of experience in building trade construction work and one year of experience as a building inspector for a municipal or county building department; or six years of experience as a building inspector for a municipal or county building department. An International Conference of Building Officials Building Inspector Certificate or certification of inspection technology is desirable.


    Equivalent to graduation from high school.