City of Tacoma - Building Inspector

Position Title: Building Inspector

Company Name: City of Tacoma,

Position Location: City of Tacoma, Tacoma WA., 747 Market Street, Tacoma, WA. 98402 U.S.

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Position Description: We are seeking candidates with exceptional customer service skills who have a proven success record in the performance of field inspections related to development, including: single family, multi-family, commercial buildings and other structures, to ensure compliance with Tacoma Municipal Code, State building code and other applicable codes and regulations. 

Other Inspector duties include: investigating and resolving code compliance complaints related to buildings and structures; explaining and interpreting building code restrictions and requirements; examining pre-permit plans; assisting customers in the field with the use of the City's permit tracking system; documenting and adding field inspections, and preparing reports related to inspection activities.

Position Requirements: QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from high school or equivalent and one of the following:

  • One year of experience as a Building Inspector using the International Code Council (ICC) building codes 
  • Certification by the ICC as a Building Inspector or Plan Reviewer 
  • Three years of journey-level experience in the building construction trades or in building code or code enforcement for a municipality
  • Preference will be given to those candidates who have multiple ICC certifications.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

  • Position requires passing a physical assessment, pre-employment medical exam, and drug and alcohol screening. 
  • Position requires climbing and crawling. 
  • Work includes indoor and outdoor environment; subject to traveling from site to site and adverse weather conditions. 
  • Incumbents may be exposed to potentially hazardous material and heights and subject to moving around in and through construction sites at various stages of completion.


  • Accepted safety standards related to building construction. 
  • Methods, equipment and materials used in building construction, alteration and repair. 
  • Federal, State and local building, zoning, housing, plumbing codes and related ordinances and regulations. 
  • Technical aspects of field of specialty. 
  • Health and safety regulations. 
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy. 
  • Oral and written communications skills. 
  • Record-keeping techniques. 
  • Detect substandard maintenance, repair construction materials or methods, unsanitary or fire-hazard conditions. 
  • Read and interpret plans and drawings. 
  • Read interpret and explain codes, rules, regulations, policies and procedures. 
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action. 
  • Maintain records and prepare reports. 
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others. 
  • Effectively utilize appropriate technology (i.e. computers, cameras, two-way radios). 
  • Work independently with little direction.

Salary Range: 32.48-39.48 Hourly


How to Apply:

Contact Name: Audrey Hornbuckle

Contact Phone: (253) 591-5427