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Local Building Inspector

Company: Town of Brookline
Location: Brookline
Posted on: June 9, 2021

Job Description:

Join our building inspector team! The Town of Brookline is seeking a full-time Local Building Inspector to enforce and interpret all provisions of the Massachusetts State Building Code and other applicable codes relating to building construction and design, as well as zoning enforcement.

Starting salary $40.23 per hour plus generous leave time, health and dental insurance benefits, 12 paid holidays, 2 weeks vacation to start, up to 7 personal days, 15 paid sick days, pension system and excellent working conditions. Please Apply with Resume and Cover Letter. Applications accepted until June 8, 2021.

Local Building Inspector Job Description

Primary Purpose

Inspection work in connection with the enforcement and interpretation of the Massachusetts Building Code and other applicable codes relating to building construction and design, as well as zoning enforcement; other related work, as required.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The essential functions or duties listed below are illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

Enforce the State Building Code, Architectural Access Codes, and the Town Zoning Bylaw.

Inspect new and existing buildings and ensure compliance with various construction codes and the zoning bylaw; approve, review and verify information on permit applications; analyze permits for compliance with zoning codes; process applications; enter information into the computer; oversee the issuance of certificates of occupancy and contractor licenses and registration.

Establish inspection schedules and priorities; respond to inquiries and complaints from property owners, tenants, contractors, architects and others regarding code and bylaw interpretation, clarification of department policies and procedures, violations, complaints and general information.

Review building plans and blueprints prior to approval of issuance of building permits; ensure that approved products, materials and techniques are used during construction.

Identify code and bylaw violations, such as sign violations, illegal construction and permit violations; issue notices of violation of building code and zoning bylaws; make court appearances, when necessary.

Perform similar or related work as required, or as situation dictates.


Works under the general direction of the Building Commissioner, and in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Massachusetts General Laws and local bylaws; reviews all unusual problems or situations with the Commissioner prior to taking any required action.

Work Environment

Administrative work is performed in office conditions; inspection work is conducted in the field with exposure to loud noise and hazardous conditions associated with construction sites requiring the use of basic safety equipment. The employee operates standard office equipment, hand tools (level, tape measure and siting equipment) and an automobile. The employee has contact with other departments, such as Planning, Public Works, Health, Fire, Police, Town Clerk, and Town Counsel, and contractors, developers, and the general public. Errors could result in personal injury, injury to others, financial loss, or delay or loss of service.

Recommended Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience

High school diploma; additional technical training; five years of experience in the supervision of building construction and zoning enforcement; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Additional Requirements

  • Massachusetts Certification as a Local Building Inspector
  • Valid Massachusetts Drivers License, Class D

Knowledge, Ability and Skill

Thorough knowledge of the Massachusetts Building Code and other applicable state statutes, rules and regulations, and field inspection practices, zoning, the materials and methods of building construction and equipment, accepted requirements for building construction, fire prevention, light, ventilation and safe egress.

Ability to enforce codes and regulations fairly and impartially, read and interpret plans and specifications, interact effectively with the general public, construction personnel, technical personnel, and state and local officials, communicate effectively orally and in writing, maintain complete and accurate inspection records, and stay informed of code changes.

Communication and public relations skills.

Physical Requirements

Minimal physical effort is required when performing office work; moderate physical effort is demanded when making inspections. While conducting field inspections, the employee is required to stand, walk, use hands to operate objects, tools or controls, climb ladders and scaffolding, reach with hands and arms, kneel, crouch or crawl and enter crawl spaces. Agility is required to access all areas of construction sites. Vision requirements include the ability to read routine and technical documents, use a computer, and operate a motor vehicle.

This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change by the employer, as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Keywords: Town of Brookline, Brookline , Local Building Inspector, Other , Brookline, Massachusetts

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