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City of Torrance
Class Code: 3301

Class Designation: Civil Service

October 1983

Representation Unit:Engineers Association &
Torrance Fiscal Employees Assoc.


Environmental Quality Officer


Under general supervision reviews building related permit applications to determine proper land usage; inspects properties and investigates complaints to enforce environmental ordinances and zoning codes; assists in preparing legal prosecutions for zoning and environmental code violations; and does related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Distinguished from Environmental Quality Administrator in that an incumbent is not responsible for the supervision and management of the Environmental Quality Division. Distinguished from Building Inspector in that an incumbent does not enforce City and State construction codes.

Examples Of Duties

  • Reviews building and other permit applications to determine that zoning and environmental regulations are complied with;
  • Determines that buildings and adjacent structures and land usage are in conformance with health, safety, zoning, and environmental regulations;
  • Assists builders in correcting plans to comply with the City planning, environmental and zoning laws and regulations;
  • Inspects and monitors new and existing developments to enforce municipal codes and environmental regulations related to matters such as appropriate land use, inoperative vehicles, signs, animal control, community and aircraft noise, oil production and air quality;
  • Makes office and field investigations in response to environmental related complaints and inquiries;
  • Analyzes problem situations and develops sound solutions;
  • Observes, notes and may photograph conditions, operates sound measuring equipment and obtains evidence in order to prepare case records and write reports;
  • Issues notices of code violations and discusses requirements for conformance with responsible parties;
  • Recommends prosecution when appropriate and assists the legal department in preparing cases involving zoning and environmental violations for prosecution;
  • Testifies at hearings or at other legal proceedings when necessary;
  • Attends Commission meetings and other environmental associated meetings as directed;
  • Researches and prepares correspondence, memos and reports for special projects;
  • Advises the public and personnel of other City departments on environmental, energy conservation and zoning matters. 
  • Minimum Qualifications

    Knowledge of
  • Techniques of investigation (includes interviewing and fact finding);
  • English grammar and methods of report preparation;
  • Basic math to include practical application of fractions, percentages, proportions, and calculating square footage and angles.
  • Ability to
  • Read, understand and interpret zoning and environmental codes and regulations;
  • Read and interpret plans, specifications and drawings;
  • Make field and office investigations and inspections to insure compliance with regulations;
  • Interact firmly yet diplomatically with the public in order to assure compliance with regulations;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with contractors, other public agency officials, other employees, and the general public;
  • Prepare and present recommendations and reports;
  • Speak to groups or individuals to explain policies and persuade others to accept a specific action;
  • Operate equipment such as sound level measuring equipment, camera and audio/visual equipment.
  • License Required

    A valid California Class 3 Driver's License.


    Two years of public contact experience which includes resolving conflicts and interpreting, applying and enforcing rules, regulations, policies or codes.


    Graduation from a college or university with a Bachelor's degree in planning, civil engineering, architecture, public administration, social sciences or related fields. Additional qualifying experience, which also includes report writing and public speaking, may be substituted for the required education on a year for year basis.