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Senior Building Inspector (6333) - (Citywide) - X00027

Recruitment: REF22749J

Published: February 20, 2024


Peter Rosel -

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Department: Citywide
Job class: 6333-Senior Building Inspector
Salary range: $141,310.00 - $171,678.00
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: Combined Promotive and Entrance



Application Opening: February 9, 2024
Application Deadline: March 1, 2024
Recruitment ID: CBT-6333-X00027

San Francisco is a vibrant and dynamic city, on the forefront of economic growth & innovation, urban development, arts & entertainment as well as social issues & change. This rich tapestry of culture and ideas is sustained by our City's commitment to heighten the quality of life for the diverse population of San Franciscans and residents of the greater Bay Area. Our employees play an important role not only in making our City what it is today, but also in shaping the future of San Francisco.

Role description

Under direction, the Senior Building Inspector monitors and reviews records, reports and correspondence of subordinate personnel; performs inspections of buildings and structures as necessary; interprets and explains codes, regulations, ordinances, and laws pertaining to building construction and maintenance; prepares investigation reports; resolves conflicts between the public and subordinates; represents the department at various meetings, hearings, commissions and boards; coordinates and maintains records of training on safety and health issues for subordinate staff; may act as a team leader for emergency purposes during times of disasters; and performs related duties as required.


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. Supervises building inspectors and/or subordinate staff by assigning, monitoring, and evaluating their work; and providing training to inspectors on the interpretation and application of building codes, related ordinances and laws in order to ensure that departmental policies and procedures are adhered to, and that applicable codes, ordinances and laws are properly enforced.

2. At the Bureau of Construction Management, the Senior Building Inspector manages a construction project to ensure quality control and code compliance.

3. Reviews and revises records, reports, correspondence and plan review, such as records of inspections, daily reports, letters to members of the public, notices of violation, plan review comments and correction notices prepared by building inspectors when necessary to ensure that the work is being performed correctly and in conformance with departmental policies, procedures, work standards, goals and objectives.

4. Interprets and explains the codes, regulations, ordinances and laws which govern building construction in the City and County of San Francisco, such as the Building Code, Housing Code, Mechanical Code, State Building Standards, Title 24 accessibility requirements and energy conservation standards, appeal procedures, abatement processes, and permit processing to staff and others, including architects, engineers, contractors, and the general public.

5. Ensures that information concerning the department procedures is disseminated accurately; and resolve conflicts between staff/inspectors and general public (contractors/property owners) during plan review and field inspection activities.

6. Represents the department at meetings, hearings and in court by preparing evidence and/or appearing before such bodies as the Board of Supervisors, Building Inspection Commission, judicial committees, Access Appeals Commission, Unreinforced Masonry Building Appeals Board, Board of Permit Appeals, the Abatement Appeals Board, and other boards and commissions in order to testify or present information regarding code violation cases and other related matters.

7. May act as a team leader for emergency response on behalf of the department.

8. Makes site visits and reviews plans with or without subordinate staff to check buildings and other inspections performed by staff.

9. Observes, assists and reviews procedures utilized by staff during inspections.

10. Performs inspections when subordinate staffs are absent or as necessary in order to ensure that inspections are performed correctly and completed in a timely manner.

How to qualify


  • Two (2) years of verifiable experience as a building inspector with a public agency performing duties at a level equivalent to class 6331 Building Inspector with the City and County of San Francisco.

License & Certification:

  • Possession of a valid Class C California driver license, and
  • Possession of the Commercial and Residential Building Inspector certifications or the Building Plans Examiner certification, issued by the International Code Council (ICC), is required. Inspectors must maintain the certification as a condition of continued employment.

What else should I know?


After application submission, candidates deemed qualified must complete all subsequent steps to advance in this selection process, which includes the following:

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 building codes, laws and ordinances, understanding of the uses and characteristics of construction, materials and equipment, knowledge of building construction methods; ability to read and interpret codes, building plans, structural drawings, specifications, engineering and architectural reports; human relations ability; and written communication ability. 

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.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Security Clearance: Candidates for employment with the San Francisco Airport Commission are required to undergo a criminal history record check, including FBI fingerprints, and Security Threat Assessment in order to determine eligibility for security clearance and may be required to undergo drug/alcohol screening. Per Civil Service Commission Rule Section 110.9.1, every applicant for an examination must possess and maintain the qualifications required by law and by the examination announcement for the examination. Failure to obtain and maintain security clearance may be basis for termination from employment with the Airport Commission.

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, 


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.