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City of Bozeman Building Inspector IV in Bozeman, Montana

Building Inspector IV



Building Inspector IV


$34.28 - $37.67 Hourly


Professional Building, 20 E. Olive

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12/13/2020 10:59 PM Mountain

  • Description

  • Benefits


The principal function of an employee in this class is to perform complicated field inspections on existing buildings and buildings under construction to ensure compliance with the related building codes, fire codes and local ordinances. This class is distinguished from the class of Building Inspector III by increased operational and leadership responsibilities, including daily direction and assignment of the Building Inspector I, II and III's, and may serve as the Building Official in the absence of the Chief Building Official. The work is performed under the supervision and direction of the Chief Building Official, but considerable leeway is granted for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative. The nature of the work performed requires that an employee in this class establish and maintain effective working relationships with contractors and other business owners, other City employees, and the general public. The principal duties of this class are performed in both an indoor and outdoor work environment at a variety of sites throughout the City with exposure to potential personal hazards.

Bargaining Unit: Montana Federation of Public Employees (MFPE)

Fair Labor Standards Act Status: Non-Exempt

Work Week: Generally Monday-Friday, 7:00am – 4:00pm

Examples of Essential Work (Illustrative Only):

  • Plans and organizes the inspection workload and determines inspection staff assignments;

  • Trains, leads, directs, and, motivates staff as assigned by the Chief Building Official;

  • Serves as the department trainer for new Building Inspectors;

  • Performs detailed and technical combined (building, plumbing, mechanical and electrical) inspections of buildings and sites under development during all phases of construction to monitor for code compliance including maintaining an accurate log of inspections performed;

  • Provides information to contractors and builders on the nature, requirements and purposes for existing municipal codes, and maintains an accurate log of all inspections performed;

  • Examines drawings during development and assists contractors in meeting occupancy and code requirements;

  • Conducts final inspections, maintaining the authority to postpone building/project completion based on the adherence to related codes;

  • Provides information to building designers, project owners, and contractors with regard to project design, structural calculations and coordination with other public agencies and seeks to promote a process of cooperation between contractors, builders, and building owners;

  • Coordinates and investigates complaints of code violations;

  • Reviews periodicals, trade journals, and engineering reports to research new products and materials to insure they are installed based on manufacturers' installation instructions;

  • Provides needed information and demonstrations concerning how to perform certain work tasks to new employees in the same or similar class of positions;

  • Travel to and perform on-site inspections to verify compliance with approved plans and regulations as adopted by the jurisdiction;

  • Compose field reports of corrective actions to architects, engineers and applicants in order to remedy deficiencies noted during plan review and/or inspections;

  • Serves as an information resource for all interested members of the public in code applications, permitting processes and all related activities;

  • Perform periodic and follow-up inspections of new and existing buildings, structures, and installations;

  • Research problems, analyze various approaches and recommend solutions;

  • Attend meetings and conduct on-site evaluations of buildings to ensure a minimum of fire and life safety compliance provisions are met;

  • Though continuing education, maintain expertise in current code and advancement in technology, materials, and methods of building and fire life safety standards;

  • Keeps immediate supervisor and designated others fully and accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems;

  • Responds to citizens' questions and comments in a courteous and timely manner;

  • Maintains files of reports;

  • Uses the Division's technology including mobile systems to track and report on field inspections and correction notices;

  • Ensures department's compliance with safety policies and regulations;

  • May serve as acting Building Official in the absence of the Chief Building Official;

  • Performs other duties consistent with the role and function of this classification.


  • High School Diploma or GED; and

  • At least two years-experience in building construction, plans examining, or building inspection; and

  • At least five years-experience as a Building Inspector, or equivalent building inspection experience in another organization; and

  • Possession of each of the following certifications:

  • ICC Residential Building Inspector;

  • ICC Residential Mechanical Inspector;

  • ICC Residential Electrical Inspector;

  • ICC Commercial Building Certification;

  • ICC Commercial Mechanical Inspector Certification;

  • ICC Commercial Electrical Inspector Certification;

  • IAPMO Plumbing Inspector.

  • Any combination of experience and training which provides the equivalent scope of knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work.


  • Ability to interpret Federal, State, and Municipal building and fire protection codes, ordinances and guidelines as they apply to the application, plans, and actual construction;

  • Substantial knowledge of or ability to quickly learn all applicable Federal, State and local codes, rules, and regulations regarding minimum building and fire/life safety standards;

  • Thorough knowledge of principles and techniques of modern building construction;

  • Thorough knowledge of construction materials and their correct installation methods;

  • Thorough knowledge of basic math principles;

  • Ability to maintain required certifications;

  • Be able to work with minimum supervision;

  • Ability to train new inspectors and provide direction to inspection staff;

  • Ability to deal with a wide range of persons, including situations in which individuals may be upset over some issue involved with City activities and policies;

  • Ability to conduct thorough inspections of new and existing buildings;

  • Ability to instruct project owners, designers, and contractors in methods they need to employ in order to meet code requirements;

  • Ability to plan and manage area of responsibility to aid the public in the efficient compliance of the adopted codes to avoid time delays and associated costs;

  • Possession of highly developed customer service skills;

  • Ability to communicate effectively with others, both orally and in writing, using both technical and non-technical language;

  • Ability to understand and follow oral and/or written policies, procedures and instructions;

  • Ability to prepare and present accurate and reliable reports containing findings and recommendations;

  • Ability to operate, a personal computer, mobile, and related devices using standard or customized software applications appropriate to assigned tasks;

  • Ability to use logical and creative thought processes to develop solutions according to written specifications and/or oral instructions;

  • Ability to perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines;

  • Ability and willingness to quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology;

  • Consistently performs assignments in accordance with the City's Core Values of Integrity, Leadership, Service and Teamwork.

  • Puts forth initiative and resourcefulness in the performance of assigned tasks.



  • Valid Driver's License and/or must obtain valid Montana Driver's license within 60 days of employment;

  • Must maintain required certifications throughout employment as required;

  • Offers for employment are conditional upon satisfactory response to appropriate post conditional offer process.

As a City of Bozeman employee, you will be part of a team that is committed to impacting and serving the community. This great opportunity also provides enrollment in an established retirement system with significant employer contribution, generous vacation and sick time accruals, and excellent medical, dental and vision benefits!


Bozeman, City of (MT)


121 N. Rouse Ave.

Bozeman, Montana, 59715