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6270 Housing Inspector - Citywide

Recruitment: REF23461H

Published: March 03, 2023

Accepting applications until: March 17, 2023


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Department: Citywide
Job class: 6270-Housing Inspector
Salary range: $128,076.00 - $155,714.00
Role type: Permanent Civil Service What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time
Exam type: Class Based Test
Rule: Rule of 3 What does this mean?
List type: Entrance



Application Opening: March 3, 2023
Application Deadline: March 17, 2023
Compensation Range: $122,200 - $148,564
Recruitment ID: CBT-6270-X00028

The City and County of San Francisco employs over 30,000 workers. With more than 60 departments, we can use your skills and abilities. When you work for the City, you choose purpose!

Role description


Under general supervision, performs housing inspection work in the enforcement of a variety of housing codes and related safety regulations. This is the journey level in the housing inspection series.


According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this job code/class and are not intended to be an inclusive list.

1. Enforces the provisions of the San Francisco housing code, applicable administrative code, and other codes as they relate to the condition, structure, occupancy, use and maintenance of the city’s housing inventory; inspects apartment houses, residential and tourist hotels, motels, housing projects, dormitories, mobile vehicle parks, residential care homes and condominiums; processes and issues notices, infractions and misdemeanor citations for housing code violations as necessary; maintains and updates inspection findings and records, and handles housing code enforcement and public record requests.

2. Inspects for housing code violations in a systematic housing code enforcement program for multiple unit dwellings; determines substandard conditions as defined by the housing code; if necessary, may coordinate building, plumbing and electrical inspections; prepares detailed reports, logs and correspondence regarding inspection results, descriptions of the building and conditions, violations and hazards; determines nature and severity of violations and makes necessary referrals to other inspection groups and agencies; causes abatement orders or other orders for correction to be issued; and makes recommendations as required.

3. Evaluates and checks building permit applications and related plans that result from housing code enforcement activities to ensure conformance with the housing code; educates residential building owners, property managers, building occupants, community groups, and others on compliance and/or corrections needed to meet housing and related code requirements; provides preliminary estimated cost of housing code mandated work for determination of permit fees, and makes progress inspections and reports on permit work.

4. Works with City Attorney in obtaining inspection warrants and warning letters, testifies in court litigation involving housing, fire-safety, and sanitation; schedules noncomplying code enforcement cases to administrative hearings; and determines if State Franchise Tax Board is to be notified in cases of noncompliance.

5. Performs periodic health and safety inspections of residential buildings or identified sections as required by the systematic housing code enforcement requirements and when appropriate from occupant/community complaints, as well as identifying and eliminating life hazards and various housing code violations; investigates complaints regarding housing conditions, illegal occupancy, safety and related sanitation conditions; determines proper department, division, or City agency for complaint referral; enforces security ordinance, smoke and heat detector ordinance, lead paint safe practices ordinance, residential energy and water conservation ordinances, and residential hotel conversion ordinance; mediates disputes between property owners and complainants when possible to facilitate timely compliance; issues reports and conducts follow-up inspections leading to the correction of violations or abatement proceedings.

6. Develops statistical surveys and provides data regarding housing code enforcement as required; attends meetings and hearings, and makes presentations at board or commission hearings and other related events; helps codify, define and enforce new laws and ordinances as required; makes inspections for the Human Services Agency (HSA) master lease program for residential hotels as assigned.

7. Conducts special emergency investigations on matters relating to the preservation of the city’s housing inventory.

How to qualify

These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification. Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.


High school diploma or equivalent (GED or High School Proficiency Examination).


Two (2) years of inspection experience for a public or private agency charged with the authority to implement and enforce housing, building, fire, and/or health codes.

License and Certification:

Possession of a valid California driver license.


Two (2) years of experience performing site inspections and/or providing case management for housing preservation and/or violation abatement may substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

Two (2) years of experience responsible for building construction/inspection as a licensed building contractor, licensed architect, or licensed civil, structural (or related) engineer, or any combination thereof, may substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

Four (4) years of experience as a carpenter supervisor or superintendent, responsible for overseeing and inspecting building construction under the direction of a licensed contractor, architect, or engineer may substitute for up to two (2) years of the required experience.

Possession of a certificate in one of the related areas: Property Maintenance and Housing Inspector, Building Plans Examiner, Commercial or Residential Building Inspector, Commercial or Residential Plumbing Inspector, or Commercial or Residential Electrical Inspector issued by the International Code Council (ICC), may substitute for six (6) months of required experience.

What else should I know?

Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: Qualifying): Candidates will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online employment application at a later time. This Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications for this position. Applicants must also complete the official application. It is essential that applicants provide complete information in identifying their education, experience and training. The Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications.

Written Examination (Weight: 100%): 
Candidates will be administered a written multiple-choice examination to determine their relative knowledge, skill and ability level in one or more of the following job related areas as appropriate. These areas may include, but not be limited to: knowledge of: field inspection methods and procedures; city ordinances, departmental rules and regulations pertaining to housing code enforcement and related housing standards; safe working practices and procedures.

This is a standardized written multiple-choice examination. In accordance with Civil Service Rule 111.11.4, inspection privileges do not apply to the questions and answers in this examination.

The score you achieve on this examination shall be valid and "banked" for three years, starting from the date of the examination. This means that, during this three-year time period, you will not be required to take this test again should you apply and be found eligible for a future announcement for which this particular test is used. If the test for this future announcement is held within 1 year of the date of this examination, your score will be automatically applied to that announcement. However, after one year, you have the option to either (a) apply your test score to the other announcement or (b) re-take the test. Re-testing is permitted no sooner than one year from the date of the examination and only in association with your eligibility for another announcement for which this test is used. Please note that, should you re-test, your re-test score would become your official score since it is the most recent (even if it turns out to be lower than your original score).

Eligible List/Score Report: A confidential eligible list of applicant names that have passed the civil service examination process will be created, and used for certification purposes only. An examination score report will be established, so applicants can view the ranks, final scores and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of applicants on the eligible list, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available for public inspection, upon request, once the eligible list is exhausted or expired and referrals resolved. The eligible list/score report resulting from this civil service examination process is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.

The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be of 12 months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

Certification Rule:
The Certification Rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Three Scores. 

Additional Information Regarding Employment with the City and County of San Francisco:

Terms of Announcement and Appeal Rights: Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. [Note: The correction of clerical errors in an announcement may be posted on the Department of Human Resources website at] The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 110.4. Such appeals must be submitted in writing to the Department of Human Resources, 1 S Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-5413 by close of business on the 5th business day following the issuance date of this examination announcement. Information concerning other Civil Service Commission Rules involving announcements, applications and examination policies, including applicant appeal rights, can be found on the Civil Service Commission website at

Exam Analyst Information: If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Kat Leblanc by email at 

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Someone is fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed since they received the final dose of a two-shot vaccine or a dose of a one-shot vaccine. Any new hire must present proof of full vaccination status to be appointed. Any new hire who will be routinely assigned or occasionally enter High-Risk Settings, must provide proof of having received a COVID-19 booster vaccine by March 1, 2022, or once eligible.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.