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City of Torrance
Class Code: 3120

Class Designation: Civil Service

February 1997

Representation Unit: Executive and Management Employees


Building Regulations Administrator


Under general direction, plans, organizes and manages the activities of the Building Regulations Division in the Building and Safety Department. Supervises professional work regarding the most complex designs, plans, specifications, field inspections, and reports of residential, commercial, and industrial structures; and does related work as required.

Reporting Relationships

The Building Regulations Administrator receives general direction from the Building and Safety Director, and provides direction to the Structural Plans Examiner, Building Inspection Supervisor, and Permit Technician.

Examples Of Duties

  • Coordinates with engineers, architects, contractors and owners of major construction projects regarding construction and design to assure compliance with local and State construction codes for residential, commercial and industrial structures.
  • Coordinates with other City departments in enforcing rules, regulations and ordinances related to environmental, zoning and construction codes.
  • Supervises, directs, trains and evaluates Building Regulations Division subordinate staff.
  • Resolves complex structural problems that arise during construction and provides expert analysis of the impact of building regulations on project proposals.
  • Prepares comprehensive reports and agenda items.
  • Makes oral presentations before various groups and represents the Building and Safety Department at City Council, Planning Commission, interdepartmental, and public meetings as assigned.
  • Reviews and modifies procedures and guidelines related to division operations.
  • Makes recommendations for updates of Municipal Code sections regarding building regulations.
  • Develops and administers the annual budget for the Building Regulations Division.
  • Provides technical training for personnel engaged in building inspection, design, and regulation.
  • Performs related duties as required.
  • Qualification Guidelines

    Knowledge of

  • Building construction methods, practices, and materials.
  • State and Municipal codes, environmental and zoning regulations, and related ordinances.
  • Engineering mechanics including stress and strength of building materials.
  • Principles and practices of property location, topographic surveying, and tectonics.
  • Word-processing, spreadsheet, and database applications currently in use by the City.
  • Principles and techniques of supervision, discipline, performance evaluations, employee motivation, training, and budgeting.
  • Ability to

  • Develop programs that establish measurable objectives, and manage programs.
  • Read and interpret plans and specifications.
  • Prepare reports, agenda items, letters, and memorandums.
  • Perform a variety of structural calculations including material strength and stress loads.
  • Coordinate with outside agencies and contractors.
  • Supervise subordinate staff including coordinating, assigning, monitoring and evaluating work, hiring, training, counseling and disciplining staff, and processing grievances.
  • Understand and carry out complex oral and written instructions.
  • Communicate orally and in writing accurately, clearly, and concisely.
  • Make oral presentations in a clear and effective manner.
  • Maintain confidential information and records.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other City employees, colleagues, public officials, and the public.
  • Education/Training/Experience

    Graduation from a college or university with a bachelors degree in civil engineering, architecture or a closely related field. Four years of increasingly responsible professional experience in civil or structural engineering, structural design, or plan checking for residential, commercial, and industrial structures. Supervisory experience is preferred. State of California Environmental and local zoning code enforcement experience is desirable.

    Special Requirements

    Valid Class C California Driver's License. Licensed as a State of California Registered Civil Engineer or State of California Architect. International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) certificate as a plans examiner is desirable.

    Career Ladder Information

    Experience gained in this classification may serve to meet the minimum requirements for promotion to the Building and Safety Director.