Building Inspections

Goals
The primary goal of the Inspection department is to provide for the safety of life and property from hazards incident to building design, construction, use, repair, removal or demolition. Generally, this is accomplished through the review of building plans and specifications and by inspection of all aspects of construction to ensure that all new construction complies nationally recognized and State mandated codes and standards.

Responsibilities
Additional responsibilities include:
  • Interpretation and enforcement
  • Investigation of complaints and assisting the public with questions or concerns
  • Issuing a certificate of occupancy upon satisfactory completion of a project
  • Meeting and advising:
    • Architects
    • Contractors
    • Developer
    • Engineers
    • Owners
    • Subcontractors
  • Proposing changes to County policies or ordinances in the field of building safety and regulation to County management and/or the Board of Supervisors.
  • Representing the County as an expert in the field of Building Code administration
  • Serving notice of violation on anyone causing a code violation and posting a stop work order when serious problems arise
Staff
The Building Inspection Office is staffed by 4 full-time employees: the County Building Official, 2 Combination Inspectors qualified to inspect a variety of building types and trades and 1 Clerk Typist to provide office support. Overall supervision of the office is provided by the Director of Planning.

Funding
The Office is largely funded by fees charged for a new building, plumbing, mechanical and similar permits that must be obtained before construction can begin on any new building, renovation, addition or major improvement in the County. Fees are scaled to reflect the size and complexity of the construction that must be reviewed and inspected and, thus, the time that must be spent on it.