Building Official

City of Fontana

DEFINITION: Under general direction from the Community Development Director, manages, directs and coordinates the activities of the Building & Safety Division; oversees and renders interpretations of a comprehensive set of municipal building codes to ensure construction complies with applicable codes, laws and ordinances; coordinates plan check and building inspection activities with other divisions and departments; and outside agencies; represents Building & Safety on the Development Advisory Board; responds to the most difficult inquiries and complaints by the public; attends meetings and makes presentations, prepares reports, memoranda, letters and other forms of correspondence; and provides highly complex staff assistance to the Community Development Director. Exercises direct supervision over professional, technical and clerical staff.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The incumbent must have the ability to:
  • • Recommend goals and objectives; assist in the development and implementation of policies and procedures.
  • • Manage, direct and organize plan check and building inspection activities; coordinate plan check and building inspection activities with other City departments, contractors and developers.
  • • Direct, oversee and participate in the development of the plan check building inspection work plan; assign work activities, projects and programs; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures.
  • • Prepare the Division budgets; assist in budget implementation; participate in the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; administer the approved budget.
  • • Participate in recommending the appointment of personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; and implement discipline procedures.
  • • Supervise and participate in plan check and building inspection activities; evaluate the need for and develop procedures, methods and schedules.
  • • Provide technical and administrative assistance to the Community Development Director; develop, prepare and present reports, surveys and other administrative activities.
  • • Participate in professional and public meetings as required including job site and construction meetings.
  • • Oversee and direct Division office operations; maintain appropriate records and files; coordinate work flow.
  • • Assist in preparing presentations for City Council, Planning Commission, and the Design Advisory Board; assist in preparing ordinances and ordinance amendments related to building activities.
  • • Render interpretations of the building codes.
  • • Perform any other tasks or functions deemed necessary to the daily operations of the employer.

The incumbent must have knowledge of: organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies and operational needs; principles and techniques of budget development and administration; Principles and practices or organization, administration and personnel management; California Building Standards Code and the base model codes, as well as the referenced standards; principles of structural design, engineering mathematics and building inspection; modern methods of building construction; research methods and sources of information related to building code enforcement; pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations; principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation; and modern office practices, procedures, methods and equipment.

EXPERIENCE: Five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience in plan check and inspection of public, commercial, industrial and residential buildings including three years of supervisory experience.

EDUCATION: Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil/structural engineering, architecture, business administration or a related field.

LICENSES/CERTIFICATIONS: Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California Driver’s License. Possession of International Code Council (ICC) certification as a Building Plans Examiner or Building Inspector is required. Possession of ICC certification as a Certified Building Official or obtain within 1 year. Registration as a Civil/Structural Engineer or Licensed as an Architect with the State of California is highly desired.