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City of Greenville
City of Greenville



Job Location: Greenville, SC
Job Type: Full Time
INSPECTOR I, II, OR III - 0622 Salary

$40,747.20 - $70,491.20 Annually


206 S. Main Street - Greenville, SC

Job Type

Full Time



Job Number





8/5/2022 11:59 PM Eastern

Brief Description

Below is the position Description for Inspector I. View the job descriptions for Inspector II and III here: INSPECTOR II INSPECTOR III.
Job Summary
Under general direction and in compliance with standard operating procedures and policies, performs inspections and plan reviews for one or more of the following trades: building, plumbing, mechanical, and/or electrical inspections on commercial and residential new construction and renovation projects to ensure building code compliance. Preforms daily inspections of construction projects. Enters inspections and results into the Building Codes data management system, maintaining accurate records of permits and daily inspections. Reviews construction plans for code compliance and field certification. Provides customer service by drafting inspection summaries, conducting code research as well as working with customers to find reasonable solutions for code violations. Works with other City departments during the inspection process. Maintains all licenses as required by the state licensing board and the International Code Council.

Job Duties

Essential Functions % of Time

  • Perform Field Inspections: Perform field inspections and plan review for one or more of the following trades depending on Inspector classification: building, plumbing, mechanical, and/or electrical inspections on commercial and residential new construction and renovation projects to ensure building code compliance, as assigned. Inspect building projects to insure construction proceeds in accordance with approved building design. Interpret adopted codes, technical manuals, drawings, instructions, specifications as related to construction projects. Clearly notify contractor of code violations with written compliance report at the time of inspection. Offer suggestions to contractors for resolving problems encountered in the field. Enter inspections and results into the Building Codes Department data management system, maintaining accurate records of permits and daily inspections. Examines plans, specifications, and other materials to ensure code compliance prior to permitting and during construction. Produces and provides appropriate written or verbal feedback to contractors and other customers as needed to communicate code violations, code interpretations, or responses to any other code related inquiries. Maintain all trade specific personal certifications and licenses required for the job classification employed.
  • Provide Customer Service: Support the relationship between the City of Greenville and the public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with contractors, the public and other city departments. Prevent customer complaints by using constructive communication techniques and helping to find solutions for code violations. Respond to inquiries from the public and contractors regarding building or occupancy issues both at the office counter, over the phone, and in the field. Monitor phone calls and respond to all messages in a timely manner. Enter inspection results into the data system as soon as possible following the completion of each inspection using our mobile devices. Work with employees, other city departments, contractors, architects, engineers, and citizens as needed to effectively apply, enforce and resolve building code related issues.
  • Conduct Plan Reviews: Review plans, specifications, and related materials to determine project scope and compliance with adopted codes and standards. Identify code deficiencies within the submitted drawings and input these comments into the data management system. As needed, review code deficiencies within construction drawings with design professionals to ensure the compliance and their understanding of the code requirements, and to help find code compliant solutions to identified design issues. Discuss complex or alternate designs with the appropriate administrative staff to determine jurisdictional acceptance or disapproval.

Perform other duties as assigned.


Job Requirements

  • Associate degree in architecture, building sciences, construction management, or related field.

  • Over one year of experience in inspections.

  • Any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience, which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job may be considered.

  • SC Department of Labor License and Regulation licensure as a specialty inspector for Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical or Building.

  • International Code Council (ICC) certification for residential, commercial and plan review in at least one of the following trades: Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical or Building (or) A SC Department of Labor License and Regulation provisional license and the above International Code Council (ICC) certifications within one year of hire.

Driver`s License Requirements
  • Valid South Carolina Class D Driver`s License.

Performance Requirements
Knowledge of:
  • International Building Codes, state laws related to building codes, and local regulations that govern the use and enforcement of codes.

  • Construction processes as it relates to required inspections.

  • Building plans and specifications.

Ability to:
  • Interpret relevant ordinances and laws.

  • Communicate laws, ordinances, and policies both orally and in writing in a clear, concise, and tactful manner.

  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions.

  • Read, understand, and relate construction codes and literature to real world situations.

  • Work with employees, other City departments, contractors, design professionals, and citizens as needed to effectively apply, enforce, and resolve building code related issues.

  • Deal with a system of real numbers; and practical application of fractions, percentages, ratios/proportions and measurement.

  • Write reports, prepare business letters, summaries, and emails using proper format, punctuation, spelling, and grammar, using all parts of speech.

  • Use levels, tape measures, flashlights, calculators, ladders, pressure gauges, temperature gauges, shoe covers, and applicable safety equipment.

  • Access construction sites to complete inspections in hard to reach areas and physically restrictive environments.

  • Utilize specialized software and systems to include code compliance software and smart tablet.

  • Operate general office equipment to include scanner, printer, copier, telephone, and computer with Microsoft Office Suite.

  • Drive a City vehicle between facilities and inspection sites.

Working Conditions

Working Conditions

Primary Work Location: Outdoors (field inspections).

Protective Equipment Required: Hardhat, steel-toes shoes/boots, and safety glasses.

Environmental/Health and Safety Factors:
Frequent exposure to unpleasant environmental conditions and/or hazards. Majority of work performed outside or with exposure to risk. Daily exposure to extreme temperature, noise/vibrations, and physical hazards. Weekly exposure to respiratory hazards. Monthly exposure to noise and vibration. Seasonal exposure to wetness and/or humidity.

Physical Demands:
Continuously requires hearing, and talking. Frequently requires standing, fine dexterity, walking, sitting, kneeling, crawling, vision, foot controls, bending, crouching, and twisting. Occasionally requires handling, climbing, and balancing. Light strength demands include exerting up to 10 pounds occasionally.

Mental Demands:
Frequently requires working closely with others as part of a team. Occasionally requires time pressures, performing multiple tasks simultaneously, and noisy/distracting environment.

Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance
The City of Greenville is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions. Prospective and current employees should contact Human Resources to request an ADA accommodation.


The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

The City of Greenville offers a comprehensive and affordable benefits package designed to provide a variety of choices to best fit the needs of our employees and their families. View more details about these benefits here: City of Greenville Employee Benefits.


The City offers the following health insurance options to eligible employees:

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Basic Term Life
  • Employee Supplemental Life
  • Spouse Term Life
  • Child Term Life
  • Short Term Disability (STD)
  • Long Term Disability (LTD)
  • Voluntary Benefits (Critical Illness, Accident, Hospital Care, etc.)
All health insurance coverage is effective the first of the month following the employees hire date except for LTD which is effective the 91st day following date of hire.

  • General Leave is earned/accrued biweekly by all regular, full-time and permanent part-time employees as a percentage of normal work hours.
  • The City of Greenville observes 11 paid holidays.
The City is a member of the South Carolina State (SCRS) and Police Officers (PORS) defined benefit Retirement Systems.

  • Employee Recognition & Awards Program (ER&A)
  • Employee Service Awards
  • Longevity Bonus
  • Worker`s Compensation
  • Deferred Compensation
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

City of Greenville (SC)

206 S. Main St

Greenville, South Carolina, 29601




How To Apply:


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Our office hours are 8:00 am-5:00 pm Monday - Friday.

The City of Greenville will provide reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified individuals. The City of Greenville does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability status or age in employment or provision of services.


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