Job Opportunity – Residential Building Inspector | Saint Louis County

Division of Personnel

An Equal Opportunity Employer

$20.85 – $25.88 Hourly    $43,368.00 – $53,830.40 Annually

OPENING DATE: 09/12/16

CLOSING DATE: 09/22/16 11:59 PM


Positions in this job classification are responsible for performing inspections of residential construction and related sites, to determine compliance with applicable codes, ordinances, standards, plans and specifications. Work involves making detailed examinations of work in process, evaluating primary and alternative materials, methods or practices, making compliance determinations, preparing accurate reports, maintaining records, preparing violation notices and testifying in court.



  • Performs construction inspections on residential buildings and sites to determine basic compliance with approved drawings and County codes, ordinances and regulations for mechanical, structural, electrical and plumbing work relating to new construction, room additions, swimming pools, retaining walls, garages, decks and other residential improvements.
  • Under the supervision of the Chief and Assistant Chief Residential Inspectors, issues approvals for inspections of construction that meets County standards, and issues correction orders on sites which fail to comply with codes.
  • Issues violation notices to owners for improvements under construction without benefit of the appropriate permits or by contractors without the appropriate licenses.
  • Inspects buildings damaged by fire to determine the extent of the damage, completes damage reports indicating whether certified plans will be required prior to issuance of permits.
  • Maintains inspection records including writing inspection reports, violation notices, pictures of violations and stop work orders.
  • Advises contractors, owners and supervisors of inspection results, stop work orders and violation notices issues or other actions taken.
  • Performs related work as required.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Must be able to traverse rough terrain, climb ladders and lift weight up to fifty pounds. May be required to perform duties during hot, cold or wet weather conditions.


Five years experience in all facets of the building construction trade, preferably including experience in building inspection, code enforcement and/or commercial construction; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

SELECTION AND APPOINTMENT: A selection committee will evaluate the qualifications of each applicant which will include recentness and appropriateness of the applicant’s education and experience, answers to the supplemental questions, results of employment references investigated and any other appropriate information available.

The selection committee will admit to the interview only those persons who possess the most job related qualifications and may establish admittance criteria beyond the minimum qualifications stated above. The interview will comprise 100% of the applicant’s earned grade. A candidate must earn a qualifying grade of 70 or more on the interview to be eligible for appointment.

The five top ranking candidates, based on the final grade, will be certified to the Department Director/Appointing Authority who will make the final decision.

All applicants conditionally offered a permanent part time, full time, term or on-call position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Screening will be performed by a reputable clinical laboratory. The cost of screening will be paid for by the County.

HOW TO APPLY: Applicants interested in applying for this position should visit our website at or apply in person at St. Louis County Government, Division of Personnel located at 41 S. Central 7th Floor, Clayton, Missouri 63105.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY POLICY: The policy of the Civil Service Commission of St. Louis County is to support fair and equitable employment opportunities for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability/handicap condition, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veterans’ status or political affiliation. Call the Division of Personnel at (314) 615-5429 for more information on this policy.
St. Louis County
Division of Personnel, 7th Floor
Clayton, MO 63105
(314) 615-5429
An Equal Opportunity Employer
Hearing Impaired TTY: (314) 615-5889
Fax: (314) 615-7703

41 South Central
7th Floor
St. Louis, MO 63105
(314) 615-5429