Code Compliance Officer
Performs administrative and technical duties in support of enforcement of the Land Use Code, Building Code, and Graffiti and Rubbish Ordinances. Performs investigation and enforcement activities related to complaints and violations of these County regulations. Interacts with the general public in a positive manner to explain and gain compliance with applicable codes and regulations in a tactful and timely manner. Performs Building Code and Zoning inspections to ensure compliance with minimum Code requirements, as well as compliance with the Graffiti and Rubbish Ordinances.
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.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
- Receives general supervision from the Code Compliance Supervisor.
- Exercises no supervision.
- Carry out Land Use Code, Building Code, and Graffiti and Rubbish ordinances violation enforcement procedures and programs.
- Respond to complaints and investigate possible code violations concerning land use, life-safety, and property issues; provide information to property owners, general public, contractors, and County staff regarding code enforcement of County regulations, including the purpose and application of code regulations. Inspect sites to determine complaint status and gather information.
- Inspect residential and commercial buildings during construction for compliance with building codes and related ordinances.
- Conduct interviews, field investigations and site surveillance, document violations, determine compliance requirements, explain violations and alternative compliance measures, seek abatement of violations through voluntary compliance or, as necessary, through direct enforcement activities. Ascertain and gather facts related to applicable codes, laws, rules, and regulations and determine proper enforcement action to be taken, and enforce building, development, zoning, and graffiti and rubbish requirements.
- Prepare and serve notices of violations, abatement orders, corrections, and stop work orders related to Land Use and Building code regulations; prepare reports, legal documents, memos, and letters.
- Perform on-site inspections and special investigations of existing structures, and prepare follow-up inspection reports and correspondence.
- Ensure compliance with County regulations in order to enhance the safety and property values in the community.
- Research and document non-conforming status of use and structures for determination of expansion or change in character.
- Remove illegal signs.
- Assist in the development and coordination of code enforcement policies, procedures, and programs.
- Prepare and present staff reports at the Board of County Commissioners meetings and public hearings pertaining to enforcement of the Larimer County Land Use Code, Building Code, and Graffiti and Rubbish ordinances.
- Gather, maintain, and present evidence in court as necessary to enforce applicable code provisions.
- Educate the public regarding requirements.
- Maintain computer record keeping system and filing system for code compliance files.
- Participate in various committees, boards, and special interest groups related to program activities and responsibilities.
- Assist the Planning and Building Services Division in performing special studies and projects as assigned.
- Assist in identifying new Land Use Code and Building Code requirements for adoption or amendment of existing codes as needed.
- Perform enforcement duties for any other County resolutions or ordinances as assigned.
- Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.
- Principles, practices, and objectives of Zoning and Building Code enforcement, including legal requirements, permitting policies and procedures, and Land Use Code and Building Code inspection procedures.
- The Larimer County Graffiti and Rubbish Ordinance.
- Scope and application of federal, state, and county laws and regulations pertaining to Code Compliance enforcement programs.
- Basic principles of land use planning, property rights, photography, property descriptions, building construction, construction materials and methods, safety standards, assessor's map systems, court system and legal procedures, conflict resolution techniques, research practices and techniques, technical report writing, public speaking techniques, practices and techniques of working with individuals from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds;
- Principles, practices, and techniques of conducting an investigation, interviewing, and problem solving.
- Operation of standard office equipment including fax machines, copiers, and computers.
- Routine software and business applications including, but not limited to, geographic information system (GIS), building and planning software, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, and databases.
- Division and County rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and standard operation procedures.
- Perform duties independently and with initiative.
- Effectively carry out the activities of enforcement of the Land Use Code, Building Code, and the Graffiti and Rubbish ordinances.
- Analyze policies, processes, and procedures related to Code Compliance enforcement.
- Apply interviewing and investigation techniques and practices.
- Deal with the public in a calm, constructive, and reasonable manner.
- Communicate tactfully and firmly with the public in difficult situations, and effectively respond to conflict situations and people in conflict.
- Make sound judgment in stressful situations.
- Prepare and make verbal presentations to small and large groups, and speak effectively before public groups and respond to questions.
- Provide professional customer service to clients and public.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
- Accomplish the assigned workload in a timely manner and meet established performance standards and objectives.
- Apply relevant codes, laws, rules, procedures, and regulations.
- Bend, stoop, lift, climb ladders, and walk through rough terrain.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.
- High school diploma or GED required.
- Three years of experience in the application or administration of zoning, planning, or building construction standards and regulations, or three years of responsible experience in the journey level trades or as a contractor in a variety of building construction activities. Considerable experience involving public contact, conflict resolution, legal procedures, and enforcement processes is desirable. Experience as a building inspector is also highly desirable.
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Colorado Driver's License.
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, zoning enforcement officer certification from the American Association of Code Enforcement within six months of employment.
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, ICC certification as a Building Inspector within six months of employment.
Physical Requirements: Must be able to:
- Stand and/or walk 3 - 4 hours per day.
- Drive up to 4 hours per day or up to 2 1/2 hours at a time.
- Lift ladders weighing 25 pounds.
- Walk on uneven terrain including slopes, ice/snow, mud, and gravel/rocks.
STRENGTH: MEDIUM - Exert up to 50 lbs. of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 lbs. of force frequently, and/or up to 10 lbs. of force constantly to move objects.
MOVEMENT: Frequently - 2 1/2 to 5 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.
- KNEELING - Bending legs at knees to come to rest on knee or knees.
- 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.
- 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.
ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL SURROUNDINGS - EXPOSURE Constantly - 5 1/2 to 8 hours/day
- 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, hammer, shovel, ladder)
HAZARDS Constantly - 5 1/2 to 8 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.