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Building Inspector I

Date Posted: 02/14/2024
Department: Building Inspections
Salary Grade:

Compensation: $42,665
Hours: Full Time 

Deadline: Open until filled

Position Objectives


To enforce state and local building codes, local ordinances, and general statues. This is accomplished by
inspecting buildings, reviewing plans, traveling to job sites, interacting with homeowners and building
officials, maintaining documentation, and monitoring active projects. Other duties include enforcing
safety precautions, attending project meetings.

Duties & Responsibilities

 Performs field inspections and re-inspections of residential and public facilities for compliance
with State Building Codes and County ordinances for both new and existing buildings.
 Reviews plans for compliance with State Building Codes and County ordinances using electronic
plan review.
 Conducts Live Remote Inspections. 
 Interprets and reviews building permit applications and subsequent installation for code
compliance when necessary.
 Approves buildings for certificates of occupancy and systems for certificates of compliance.
 Maintain detailed inspection reports and enters information in electronic system.
 Works with other departmental staff to resolve and analyze complaints, violations, and other
enforcement issues. 
 May occasionally perform weekend inspections. (as needed)
 Receives complaints regarding defective construction and handles enforcement problems.
 Issues warnings and stop-work orders where construction is not in compliance with the NC state
codes or laws.
 Answers questions from and provides technical assistance to private citizens, contractors, design
professionals and developers.

Responds to and investigates complaints regarding violation of State Building Codes.
 Completes state required annual continuing education training for certification maintenance. 
 Testifies in court on code violation cases.
 Learns to use software associated with duties.
 Responds to natural disasters and participates in damage assessment.
 Performs related tasks as required.

Minimum Requirements

Valid NCDL and Level I NC State certifications in all trades. Must be able to obtain Level I certifications in
all trades within 36 months of hire. Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational
functions of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, fingering,
grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions. Must be able to perform light work exerting
up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible
amount of force constantly to move objects. Must possess the visual acuity to inspect details of
construction, use measurement devices and motor vehicles. Must be able to operate personal computer
including knowledge of or ability to learn applicable software.

Desirable Training and Experience
The successful applicant should possess excellent written and oral communication skills; be efficient in
operating software and electronic communications; good interpersonal skills to
develop proper rapport with management and staff; an analytical mind with proper decision-making
skills; proficiency in math & basic accounting; multi-tasking and organizational skills; ability to work
under pressure and meet deadlines.
Preference will be given to candidates who have a minimum of five years experience in the building
construction industry and/or have obtained licensing from any state license board.


Benefited after 30 days
Medical, dental, and life insurance

Sick, vacation, and holiday pay
Membership in the Local Government Retirement System
Supplemental retirement 401k/457

How to Apply



APPLICANTS WILL BE GIVEN CREDIT ONLY FOR INFORMATION PROVIDED IN RESPONSE TO THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. No additional information will be solicited by McDowell County; therefore, persons who submit incomplete applications may not receive full credit for their education, training and experience.


McDowell County is an equal opportunity employer.  It is the policy of the County to recruit, hire, train and promote individuals without regard to age, sex, race, color, religion, political affiliation or national origin. The County will interactively work with disabled applicants and employees to identify reasonable accommodations that will allow the individual to perform essential job functions. 


McDowell County participates in E-Verify.


Applications are available: under “Job Opportunities”


  • McDowell County Administration Building:         

                25 W Fort Street Marion, NC 28752


Applications can be submitted:

               25 W Fort Street Marion, NC 28752

  • Mail:

                McDowell County Human Resources

              25 W Fort Street Marion, NC 28752

  • Email: 


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