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Building Official

City of South Lake Tahoe, California

Salary:  $104,400 – $126,912

Located 190 miles northeast of San Francisco, California, and 60 miles southwest of Reno, Nevada, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains along the southern edge of the largest alpine lake in North America, the City of South Lake Tahoe offers residents world-class scenery and activities with 300 days of sunshine a year. South Lake Tahoe, (pop. 22,525), allows residents the opportunity to live, explore and experience on a daily basis what brings over one million visitors each year to the Lake Tahoe region.

The City of South Lake Tahoe’s Development Services Department is divided into three service areas – Building Permits and Inspections; Planning, Land Use and Zoning; and Housing Inspections and Programs – and operates on a 2022 budget of $4.4 million with 16 FTEs. Under administrative direction of the Director of Development Services, the Building Official directs, manages, supervises, and coordinates the activities and operations of the Building and Safety Division, including assuming responsibility for implementing City activities related to setting and ensuring compliance with building code standards, including plan check and inspection; supervises and performs the more difficult inspections; approves plans and specifications as necessary; coordinates activities with other City divisions, departments, and outside agencies, including to interface with other City Departments in matters related to the development review process; and provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Director of Community Development.

Candidates must have equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade, supplemented by specialized training and/or college level coursework in inspection methods, architecture, structural or civil engineering, construction, building codes, or a related field. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in a related field is desirable. The ideal candidate will have four (4) years of increasingly responsible experience in building inspection, standards development, and plan checking, including one (1) year of administrative and supervisory responsibility. Experience with fire codes, and experience in a jurisdiction with minimum staffing is desirable due to the multi-faceted nature of the position. A current ICC (International Code Council) Plans Examiner Certificate is required. CBO (Certified Building Official) is highly desirable or required to be completed within two (2) years of employment. Current ICC Certificate as a Combination Inspector or designated trade specialist (e.g., electrical, plumbing, mechanical, etc.) is also highly desirable. Licensure in the State of California as an architect or engineer will be given consideration by the City. Candidates must have possession of, or obtain by hire, a valid California or Nevada driver’s license. Candidates may possess any combination of relevant education and experience that demonstrates their ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.

For a complete position profile, full job description, and to apply online, visit Prothman at, click on “Open Recruitments” and then click the position title. For questions, call 206-368-0050. The City of South Lake Tahoe is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: November 30, 2022 (open until filled).

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