REPORTS TO: Town Planner          DEPARTMENT: Building/Planning           FSLA STATUS: Exempt

JOB FUNCTIONS: The major job functions of this position are described below. The description does not intend to list every function of the position.

SUMMARY: Perform a variety of routine and complex administrative and technical work in administering and enforcing building and related codes.


1) Enforce a variety of codes and ordinances, including but not limited to, IRC, IBC, IPC, IMC, IFGC, IEBC, IFC, and NEC (otherwise known as the 2003 International Codes) and the 2009 IECC,  Town of New Castle zoning and subdivision ordinances, and building permit review.

2) Working with the Town Planner, will examine plans of all types to determine compliance with code and ordinance requirements and related agreements. This includes subdivision improvement agreements, plat notes, and/or conditional/special use permits.

3) Administer the permitting function, to include applications, plan review, fee assessment and collection, permit issuance, inspection, and certificate of occupancy.

4) Explain, interpret, and provide guidance regarding all applicable codes and ordinances to architects, engineers, contractors, developers, and other interested parties.

5) Research problems and complaints regarding commercial and residential buildings, building construction, and code compliance. Resolve complex and sensitive customer service issues either personally, by telephone, or in writing. Maintain records and documents of customer service issues and resolutions.

6) Review current trends and developments in the field of construction. Prepare revisions to codes, ordinances, and local regulations.

7) Working with the Town Planner, will prepare and administer the annual operating budget of the Building and Planning Department.  Ensure that assigned areas of responsibility are performed within budget. Perform cost control activities. Monitor revenues and expenditures in assigned area to ensure sound fiscal control. Ensure effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities, and time.

8) Communicate official programs, policies, and procedures to staff and the general public.

9) Prepare a variety of studies, reports, and related information for decision-making   purposes.

10) Provide leadership and direction in the development of short and long-range plans. Gather, interpret, and prepare data for studies, reports, and recommendations; Coordinate department activities with other departments and agencies as needed.

11) Working Plan, organize, direct and coordinate activities of the Building Department with other departments and agencies, as needed;

12) Monitor reports and record keeping activities filed by assigned personnel for completeness, accuracy, and adherence to policy and procedure guidelines;

13) Provide technical leadership on building safety issues to staff responsible for the building plan review and building inspections;

14) Maintain current and comprehensive records of new materials, design concepts, and construction methods; may recommend changes to the building code to resolve design and interpretation problems and to accommodate and control new materials and new design concepts;

15) Oversee the State regulated Manufactured Home Inspection Program;

16) Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Adhere to the Loss Control Standards (Safety) as approved by Council.


1. Education and Experience:

(A) Graduation from a standard senior high school or GED equivalent,    supplemented by  two (2)
years of post-secondary college or technical     instruction in building technology, construction
management, mechanical,   electrical, plumbing or building construction; and

(B) Four (4) years of experience in general construction and related fields; or

(C) Any equivalent combination of education and experience on a year for year basis.

2. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

(A) Thorough knowledge of IECC, IRC, IBC, IPC, IMC, IFGC, IEBC, IFC,  and NEC;  a thorough
knowledge of construction standards, means, and methods, and skill in applying knowledge of
building codes, zoning and land use, to all construction projects.

(B) Ability to establish effective working relationships  with contractors, developers, architects,
engineers, owners, and the general public; ability to read and understand complicated plans
and blueprints; and ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.

 3. Special Qualifications:
A valid state driver’s license, or ability to obtain one by start of employment; two or
more ICC certifications, including but not limited to plans examiner, mechanical, plumbing,
combination inspector.


Personal computer, including word processing and permitting software; motor  vehicle;
10-key calculator; portable radio; phone; ladder or scaffolding; tape measure.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met
by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential

Work is performed 50% in office settings. Some outdoor work is required in the inspection of
various construction sites. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and
various pieces of office equipment.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand,
walk, use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls, and reach with
hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb or balance, stoop, kneel,
crouch, or crawl, talk or hear.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision,
depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an
employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside
weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts
and in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid
conditions, or risk of electrical shock.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet in the office, and moderate to
loud in the field.



Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interview and reference
check; job related tests may be required.


The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them  from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.


The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job