• Full Time
  • Sacramento, CA
  • $138,146 - $181,620 DOE/DOQ USD / Year

City of Sacramento

Chief Building Official

City of Sacramento

Annual Salary: $138,146 – $181,620 DOE/DOQ

The City of Sacramento seeks a Chief Building Official (CBO) with strong project management skills and a substantial background in building inspection and construction. The City is looking for someone with exceptional interpersonal skills, who enjoys mentoring and leading others and building positive relationships with other City departments, community clients, design professionals, and contractors. The CBO will oversee the Building Division within the Community Development Department, which provides permit issuance, plan review, and building inspection services. The next CBO will be an excellent mentor to staff, facilitate professional correspondence with customers, and welcome alternative ideas and solutions. This is a stimulating career opportunity to lead a dynamic team of approximately 80 staff and focus on collaboration and partnership to provide the best possible services to the City. If you have a background in providing excellent customer service, building partnerships, and improving processes and want to foster an innovative workplace, apply today!

View the full recruitment brochure here: https://indd.adobe.com/view/520785f9-75a0-47ce-8995-a9788be56a46


The CBO oversees the Building Division in the Community Development Department serving as the principal enforcement officer of the building and housing codes of the City. The CBO works to train and support staff, establishing responsibilities and setting goals. The successful candidate will oversee various boards and commissions and will also work closely with the Planning Division, the Public Works Department, Utilities Department, and Fire Department, making collaboration skills essential. They are fiscally minded, as this role involves preparing the Division’s budget, overcoming funding limitations, and analyzing financial reports.

The ideal candidate is an excellent communicator who is highly responsive with a strong customer service focus and has the emotional intelligence and political savvy to build relationships and manage expectations. The CBO will be an experienced leader who builds and mentors staff and is creative and flexible and an excellent problem solver. They are open to new ideas and encourage collaboration among staff. The ideal candidate has exemplary communication skills, especially when responding to customers and interacting with community members. The City is looking for a CBO who is able to interpret the code in a way that responds to evolving technologies and market conditions, while ensuring the protection of public health and safety of its constituents. They have experience with innovation, technology, and process improvements and are eager to serve as a visionary leader.


  • Experience:
    • Either: 1. Two years of experience as the Deputy Chief Building Official with the City of Sacramento; or a Supervising Engineer with the City of Sacramento performing duties related to plan review or inspection of buildings.
    • Or: 2. Four years of experience performing supervisory and/or management duties in a public jurisdiction related to plan review or inspection of buildings.
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university. Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.


  • Possession of a valid California Class C Driver’s License within thirty days of appointment.
  • A minimum of 45 hours of continuing education for every three year period, with at least eight hours regarding disability access requirements.
  • Certification from a recognized state, national, or international association within one year of appointment. Certification shall be closely related to the primary job functions such as:
    • Possession of an International Code Council (ICC) certification as a:
      • Plans Examiner,
      • Building Inspector, or
      • Certified Building Official (CBO).

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Annual Salary of $138,146 – $181,260, plus an additional 2% increase effective July 13th, 2024, as well as a potential hiring incentive and potential relocation reimbursement. The City also has an attractive benefits package.

HOW TO APPLY: For first consideration, apply by June 21, 2024. Apply at: https://wbcpinc.com/job-board by submitting a resume and cover letter.

Please contact your recruiter, Levi Kuhlman, with any questions:

  • levi@wbcpinc.com
  • 541-664-0376 (Direct)
  • 866-929-9227 (Toll Free)

The City of Sacramento is an equal opportunity employer encouraging workforce diversity. Applicants can learn more about the City’s current diversity, equity, and inclusion priorities and initiatives here.

To apply for this job please visit wbcpinc.com.