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Chief Building Official

Min Hourly Max Hourly Min Monthly Max Monthly Min Salary Max Salary
$35.85 $50.19 $6,213.88 $8,699.43 $74,561.00 $104,385.00


Plans, organizes, and directs the technical activities of the Building Department within the Community Development Division associated. Administers all building code activities which includes permitting, plan checking operations, and building inspections.


The following statements are illustrative of the duties and responsibilities of the job. The organization retains the right to modify or change the duties and responsibilities of the job at any time.
  • Receives general guidance from the  Community Development Division Director.
  • Exercises direct and indirect supervision over technical staff.
  • Plan and organize the activities associated with adopted building codes which includes permit processing, plan checking, and building inspections.
  • Inspect residential and commercial buildings during construction for compliance with building codes and related ordinances as needed.
  • Assist in developing and managing the budget.
  • Assist and advise the Community Development Division Director in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies and procedures.
  • Review construction plans of commercial, industrial, and residential building projects to determine that the builder is in compliance with the approved plans as needed.
  • Assign, direct, and supervise activities of assigned staff, ensuring adherence to established policies, procedures, and standards. Administer or make recommendations for routine personnel matters affecting subordinates including recruiting, interviewing, hiring, training, assigning work, scheduling work hours, granting leave appraising performance, disciplining, and submitting such records and reports as required by County policies and procedures.
  • Review and make recommendations on all building and related code changes, and carry out the adoption process.
  • Coordinate activities related to the building code with other County departments and divisions, and with outside agencies.
  • Oversee issuance and administration of building permits and Certificates of Occupancy.
  • Coordinate with field inspectors on major building construction activities when necessary for compliance with applicable codes.
  • Respond to difficult citizen complaints and requests for information relative to adopted building codes.
  • Act as a resource or expert in program area, providing technical guidance to less experienced staff.
  • Coordinate damage assessments for the County during disasters.
  • Represent the County at various committees and boards related to program activities and responsibilities.
  • Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Supervisory principles, procedures, and methods including selection, training, discipline, and evaluation.
  • Principles, practices, and objectives as related to permitting, building inspection, construction methods and materials, accepted safety standards, structural design, and plan review.
  • Leadership methods and management skills.
  • Read and comprehend division, Department, and County rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and standard operation procedures.
  • Routine software and business applications including, but not limited to, permit and building applications, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, and databases.
  • Organize, plan, direct, and coordinate the activities related to adopted building codes.
  • Analyze, interpret, and check complex plans, specifications, and calculations.
  • Supervise and mentor professional and support staff.
  • Interpret and apply related laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.
  • Act as an official representative of the County in a professional manner with local, state, and national agencies and organizations.
  • Perform duties independently without close supervision.
  • Provide professional customer service to clients and to the public.
  • Effectively respond to conflict situations and people in conflict.


  • Four years of increasingly responsible permitting, plan review, building inspection, and code compliance experience, including supervisory responsibilities.
  • Equivalent to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in construction management, engineering, architecture, or a related field.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Colorado driver's license.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, ICC certifications as a Plans Examiner and a Building Inspector.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain ICC certifications in Plumbing, Mechanical, and Energy Conservation is highly desirable.

Physical Requirements:
Must be able to:

  • May stand and/or walk up to 3 - 4 hours per day.
  • May drive up to 4 hours per day or up to 1 1/2 hours at a time.
  • May walk on uneven terrain including slopes, ice/snow, mud, and gravel/rocks.
  • May lift ladders weighing 25 pounds.

STRENGTH: LIGHT - Exert up to 20 lbs. of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 lbs. of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Physical demands are in excess of those of Sedentary work. Light work usually requires walking or standing to a significant degree.

MOVEMENT: Occasionally 1/4 to 2 1/2 hours/day

  • CLIMBING - Ascending or descending using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. Body agility is emphasized.
  • BALANCING - Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces; or maintaining body equilibrium when performing feats of agility.
  • STOOPING - Bending body downward and forward. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires full use of the lower extremities and back muscles.
  • CROUCHING - Bending body downward and for-ward by bending legs and spine.
  • CRAWLING - Moving about on hands and knees or hands and feet.
  • REACHING - Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
  • HANDLING - Seizing, holding, grasping, turning, or otherwise working with hand or hands. Fingers are involved only to the extent that they are an extension of the hand.
  • FINGERING - Picking, pinching, or otherwise working primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand or arm as in handling.

AUDITORY: Not Limited

  • TALKING - Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Talking is important for those activities in which workers must impart oral information to clients or to the public, and in those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
  • HEARING - perceiving the nature of sounds. Used for those activities which require ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make fine discriminations in sounds, such as when making fine adjustments on running engines.

VISION: Required

  • NEAR ACUITY - Clarity of vision at 20 inches or less. Use this factor when special and minute accuracy is demanded.
  • FAR ACUITY - Clarity of vision at 20 feet or more. Use this factor when visual efficiency in terms of far acuity is required in day and night/dark conditions.
  • DEPTH PERCEPTION - Three-dimensional vision. Ability to judge distances and spatial relationships so as to see objects where and as they actually are.
  • ACCOMMODATION - Adjustment of lens of eye to bring an object into sharp focus. Use this factor when requiring near point work at varying distances.


  • EXPOSURE TO WEATHER - Exposure to hot, cold, wet, humid, or windy conditions caused by the weather.
  • NOISE - Exposure to constant or intermittent sounds or a pitch or level sufficient to cause mark ed distraction or possible hearing loss.
  • ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS - Exposure to conditions such as fumes, noxious odors, dusts, mists, gases, and poor ventilation that affect the respiratory system, eyes or, the skin.
  • PLATFORM FOR MOVEMENT - Work requires walking on uneven surfaces, climbing or working on ladders, scaffolds or heavy equipment.


  • Office equipment such as computer, projector, copier, fax etc.
  • Basic hand tools (e.g., screwdriver, tape measure, digital camera, ladder, shovel)

HAZARDS Occasionally - 1/4 to 2 1/2 hours/day

  • Proximity to moving, mechanical parts.
  • Exposure to electrical shock.
  • Working in high, exposed places.
  • Exposure to dust, fumes, gases or airborne particles.
  • Working in road ways or constructions zones.


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