Building Inspector

  • Greater Salt Lake Municipal Services Distric
  • Salt Lake City, UT, USA
  • Jul 10, 2021

Job Description

The Building Inspector performs building inspections on new and existing structures to ensure compliance with all applicable codes, ordinances, and relevant laws. The Building Inspector also reviews plans and specifications submitted for building permits for compliance to applicable codes, ordinances, and relevant laws.  The Building Inspector may perform storm-water inspections as needed.


·         Inspects industrial, commercial, residential, and detached buildings during all phases of construction and/or remodeling to ensure compliance with State adopted International Codes and local ordinances.

·         Provides technical support and guidance to contractors, architects, engineers and homeowners to answer questions and provide information about the application, inspection and correction process.

·         Attends pre-construction meetings, on-site progress meetings, project acceptance meeting to communicate requirements with developers and contractors through all phases of work.

·         Inspects existing buildings for change of use or occupancy to ensure compliance with the adopted State Codes and local ordinances.

·         Maintains records of inspections and inspection results and keeps a daily work record, using standard inspection forms and/or computer. Documents inspection results to verify inspection progress and completion.

·         Prepares, issues, and tracks necessary violation orders and notices needed to ensure compliance with adopted State Codes and local ordinances.

·         Performs on-site drainage, erosion, grading, and sediment control inspections on common residential or commercial land development projects, capital improvement projects and other related construction activities in accordance with Salt Lake County MS4 Permit requirements.

·         Conducts construction site inspections for compliance with Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP) and Utah Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (UPDES) provisions; creates and maintains reports and records of inspections.

·         Performs business license inspections including interpretations of existing non-complying conditions and situations; makes decisions as to required actions and corrections and issues notices on violations.

·         Inspects buildings on a complaint basis or after fires or natural disasters to determine if a dangerous condition exists; Works with owner to correct code deficiency, ensures that all requests for inspections regarding complaints are appropriately completed and followed through.

·         Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information, contributes to a team effort and accomplishes related results as required.

·         Performs other functions as necessary or as assigned.


Performs other functions as necessary or as assigned.


·         Interacts daily and coordinates with District personnel to discuss everyday operating situations.

·         Frequently collaborate and work closely with external agencies, service providers, and technology resource providers.

·         Interacts with customers to communicate and respond to their utility service concerns.

·         Must possess a valid Driver’s License issued by the State of Utah shall be required to operate a vehicle.


·         Three (3) years of experience reading and interpreting blueprints and/or an equivalent combination of related education and experience. ICC Combination Residential Certification, ICC Combination Commercial Building Certification and State of Utah Combination Inspector license preferred at time of hiring; or any combination of education, experience, and training which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this job description.

·         Knowledge of building permit and plan processing procedures, construction terminology, State building, fire, life and safety codes; principles and interpretation of the ICC Residential Code, ICC Building Code, lCC Existing Building Code, ICC Energy Code, ICC Plumbing, ICC Mechanical, National Electrical Code and Wildland-Urban Interface Code.

·         Conduct residential and commercial plan reviews; comprehend and apply technical information; organize and present information clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; use personal computers and related software applications, such as spreadsheets, database programs, project management software and office automation.

·         Work under pressure and with minimal supervision with interruptions and challenging deadlines

·         Supports the relationship between the MSD and the public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with citizens, visitors, and MSD staff; maintains confidentiality of work-related issues and proprietary MSD information; performs other duties as required or assigned.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.