Building Inspector - Trainee

Community Development:


$42707.91 Per Year


Full City Benefits Package
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Job Description

Salary and Benefits

Building Inspector:  Trainee     Starting Salary: $42,707.91/year  (+2.5% increase per certification)

Individuals hired in this position have the opportunity to progress up to $60,974/year, which is the maximum salary for this position as of December 2020.


Benefits: Full City Benefits Package. The City of St. George covers 100% of the premiums for the High Deductible health plan for full-time employees and their qualified dependents. New hires also receive 2 weeks of vacation time during their first year of employment, one of which is available to the employee the first day of employment. To find out more about our benefits package, please visit our website at


Position Summary

Learns to inspects residential and/or commercial construction activities, individual property sites, and business activity uses for the City of St. George.  Inspects buildings and properties in the city for adherence to one or more city building, housing, or zoning codes. 

Essential Functions (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics.  The list of tasks is illustrative only and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class.)  

1.          Ability to test and obtain Residential Certification from ICC.

2.          Inspects residential and/or commercial buildings or structures for adherence to structural safety, fire safety, building, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, zoning, and related codes, regulations, or requirements, including site development and flood plain regulations.  On request of fire or utility departments, may inspect for damaged systems or structures to ensure safety for occupants.

3.          Examines plans, blueprints, and specifications for new construction and remodel work to gain understanding of specific job requirements.  Calculates ability of material or equipment used in construction to carry imposed loads and meet code requirements, interprets engineered truss sheets, and utilizes computer to determine stress and loading on beams and structural members.  Interprets pertaining code for contractors and the public.

4.          Inspects private residential and/or commercial sites in city to assure compliance with housing laws and specific engineering criteria.  Receives complaints concerning zoning and housing violations and checks to determine if such violations exist.  Notifies parties not complying with law and explains changes required, including correspondence with persons previously contacted concerning violations.  Develops written evidence for possible legal action.  Files complaints against violators who do not comply after proper notification and maintains file of written and photographic documentation on each case.  When necessary, testifies in court.

5.          Interprets building, plumbing, mechanical, or electrical code for contractors and the public.  Recommends alterations for compliance with code.

6.          Issues correction notices, violation red tags, and stop work orders for work being done contrary to code provisions or approved plans.

7.          Performs other related duties as required.



Typical Physical/Mental Demands/Working Conditions

Physical discomfort when on construction or building inspections.  Exposure to heat, dust, noise, and power equipment.  Must be able to climb on top of and underneath manufactured housing to inspect bolting, setup, and utility connections.  Intermittent exposure to stress as a result of human behavior. 


Minimum Qualifications


Education and Experience:

Building Inspector Trainee:

         High School Diploma or equivalent.

Licenses and/or Certifications:

Building Inspector Trainee:

         Must possess a valid driver license.  A valid Utah Driver License must be obtained within 60 days of hire and be maintained throughout employment.

         Must possess 2 of the four residential certifications required, and obtain all Residential Certification from ICC within 1 (one) year of hire: (Building, Plumbing, Electrical and Mechanical)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

1.         Knowledge of:

         International Building Codes and City Zoning Code, including the areas of plumbing, mechanical, electrical (ANSI.117.1), and general construction.

         All types of building, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical systems to include familiarity with conventional methods and materials used, including ability to read and understand blueprints and plans.

         Principles of construction.

         Basic planning and zoning principles.

         Correct English usage, spelling, and grammar.


         Well-developed sense of strategy and timing.

         Math as it pertains to calculation of loads, spans, capacities, areas, etc.

Ability to:

         Professionally furnish and obtain information from other departments.

         Deal with constant contact with the public presenting data that may influence important decisions.

         Communicate effectively, orally and in writing.

         Establish and maintain effective working relations with elected officials, department heads, subordinates, the public, and officials and employees of other jurisdictions.

         Take and obtain the necessary certificates.


To Apply

Submit a completed City of St. George Employment Application online at Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. This Position closes 12/05/2021 05:00 PM. Refer questions to Human Resources at 435-627-4670. Pre-employment drug screening and criminal background screen are required. The City of St. George is an inclusive Equal Employment Opportunity employer that considers applicants without regard to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, national origin, age, disability or genetic information. We make reasonable efforts to provide reasonable accommodation to disabled candidates.