Code Enforcement Inspector I/II - Planning, Building, and Code Enforcement Department

City of San Jose, CA San Jose, CA
The Code Enforcement Division is looking for self-motivated individuals with experience working in an inspection, regulatory, or enforcement environment with strong interpersonal skills, and a commitment to continuous improvement. In addition, candidate may be required to work a flexible schedule that may include working evenings or weekends. Applicants with bilingual skills are encouraged to apply.

As a Code Enforcement Inspector I/II, you would be performing a variety of inspection, investigative, and enforcement duties in relation to housing, building construction and environmental codes, zoning, land use, solid waste facilities, signs, health and safety, and state, federal, and municipal regulations and other laws, rules, and regulations as assigned. In addition, you would be tasked to gather facts related to applicable ordinances, codes, laws, rules, and regulations to help determine and institute proper action to be taken.

Working with a variety of individuals and other entities, including citizens, business owners, homeowner groups, City, county and state offices and special districts is a constant, and as such, there may be instances when you may be required to explain, interpret, and make presentations of ordinances, codes, laws, rules, and regulations to citizens, group, agencies, businesses, and other entities.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants for this recruitment.

Training and experience equivalent to:

Code Enforcement Inspector I:

1. Education: Two (2) years of undergraduate course work from an accredited college or university (equivalent to 60 semester units or 90 quarter units).

2. Experience: Two (2) years of experience dealing with the public enforcement, inspection, or investigation.

Acceptable substitutions:

Four (4) years journey level experience in the building construction trades can substitute for both the education and experience requirements.

Code Enforcement Inspector II:

1. Education: Two (2) years of undergraduate course work from an accredited college or university (equivalent to 60 semester units or 90 quarter units).

2. Experience: Two (2) years of experience performing code enforcement, building, housing, or environmental inspections for a public agency - OR- State registered certification in any inspection discipline -OR- registered Environmental Health Specialist.

* License/Certificate: Possession of a valid driver's license authorizing operation of a motor vehicle in California.

* Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San José will not prepare or file a labor condition application with the Department of Labor.

Effective July 1, 2018, employees in the Code Enforcement Inspector I/II classification shall receive an approximate five percent (5%) ongoing non-pensionable compensation increase in addition to the salary listed.


The ideal candidate will possess the most desirable combination of training, skills and experience, as demonstrated in past and current employment history; desirable competencies for this position include:

Job Expertise - Demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, Citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations.

Communication Skills - Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people's ideas and thoughts.

Conflict Management - Uses appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to reduce tension or conflict between two or more people, by presenting the facts, analysis, and conclusions or solutions that show command of content and perspectives and interests of the audience.

Customer Service - Demonstrates the ability to anticipate customers' needs and deliver services effectively and efficiently in a timely, accurate, respectful and friendly manner.

Decision Making - Identifies and understands issues, problems, and opportunities; uses effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions.

Problem Solving - Approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; determines the significance of problem(s); collects information; uses logic and intuition to arrive at decisions or solutions to problems that achieve the desired outcome.

Team Work & Interpersonal Skills - Develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.

Selection Process

The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's training and experience based on the application and responses to the Job Specific Questions. Only the candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be invited to proceed in the selection process. Additional phases of the selection process will consist of one or more interviews, one of which may include a practical/writing exercise.

You will be prompted to answer the following text type question during the online application process. You must answer all job-specific questions to be considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration.

1. Please indicate where you obtained your enforcement work.

If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Paige To at