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City of Reno, NV Senior Combination Inspector in Reno, Nevada

Senior Combination Inspector



Class Title

Senior Combination Inspector

Class Code



$74,741.50 - $105,185.05 Annually

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  • Benefits

Classification Description Summary

Under direction, leads, oversees, and participates in the more complex and difficult work of staff responsible for the inspection and enforcement of applicable building, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, heating, and refrigeration codes for commercial, residential, and industrial buildings; ensures the safety of buildings and structures by controlling the design, construction, alteration, and quality of materials used; and performs a variety of technical tasks relative to assigned areas of responsibility.


This is the advanced journey/lead level class in the Combination Inspector series. Positions at this level are distinguished from other classes within the series by the level of responsibility assumed and the complexity of duties assigned. Employees perform the most difficult and responsible types of duties assigned to classes within this series and exercises functional and technical supervision over lower level inspection staff. Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in all procedures related to assigned area of responsibility.

Essential Functions

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Lead, plan, train, and review the work of staff responsible for inspection and enforcement of applicable building, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, heating and refrigeration codes for commercial, residential, and industrial buildings; participate in performing the most complex work of the unit.

Train assigned employees in their areas of work including building inspection methods, procedures, and techniques.

Verify the work of assigned employees for accuracy, proper work methods, techniques, and compliance with applicable standards and specifications; ensure adherence to safe work practices and procedures.

Prepare written reports, issue notices to correct code violations, issue "stop work" notices and testify in court regarding violations.

Conduct on-site inspections of existing buildings and new construction; determine if construction methods and materials are being used in compliance with established ordinances, building codes and approved plans and specifications.

Confer with the general public, contractors, engineers and architects in the performance of inspection activities; schedule inspections, explain code requirements and provide final sign-off approval of projects.

Investigate complaints and conduct inspections of existing buildings to determine if hazardous or illegal conditions exist; document building code violations; obtain proper zonings for properties in question; recommend modifications to rectify violations and/or meet requirements to conform with applicable standards.

Assist in resolving disputes between property owners and the City; provide interpretations and applications of building codes, local ordinances, and state statutes.

Conduct assessments of buildings after various events, including floods and earthquakes, to determine structural stability and general safety conditions of buildings; determine if buildings can be re-occupied.

Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of building inspection and code compliance.

Respond to public inquiries in a courteous manner; provide information within the area of assignment; resolve complaints in an efficient and timely manner.

Establish priorities and prepare daily work schedule to effectively coincide with construction requirements and not impede schedule cost.

Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

Operations, services and activities of a building inspection program.

Principles of lead supervision and training.

Principles and techniques of building inspection and plans examining work.

Methods, materials and techniques involved in building construction, repair and alteration.

Building related codes and ordinances enforced by the City, including electrical, plumbing and mechanical codes.

Accepted safety standards and methods of building construction for commercial, residential, and industrial buildings.

Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.

Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

Modern and complex principles and practices of code interpretation and enforcement.

Principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation.

Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations.

Ability to:

Lead, organize, and review the work of staff.

Independently perform the most difficult building inspection functions.

Interpret, explain, and enforce department policies and procedures.

Interpret all building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, heating and refrigeration codes and ordinances.

Read and interpret complex building plans, specifications and building codes.

Determine if construction conforms with City code requirements.

Apply technical knowledge and follow proper inspection techniques to examine workmanship and materials, and detect deviations from plans, regulations and standard construction practices.

Enforce necessary regulations with firmness and tact.

Prepare clear and concise reports.

Work independently in the absence of supervision.

Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.

Understand and follow oral and written instructions.

Work in a team based environment to achieve common goals.

Coordinate multiple projects and complex tasks simultaneously.

Meet the physical requirements to safely and effectively perform the assigned duties.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Equivalent to the graduation of the twelfth grade supplemented by specialized training in the building trades and/or code enforcement.


Three years of responsible building inspection, compliance, construction, or enforcement experience at a level comparable to a Combination Inspector.

License or Certificate:

Possession of an appropriate, valid driver's license.

Possession of both residential and commercial certificates in the specialties of electrical, mechanical, building, and plumbing. Certification must be from an accredited agency (ICBO, ICC, BOCA, or other related and legally recognized agencies).

Supplemental Information


The conditions herein 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 job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a field setting with travel from site to site and exposure to an outdoor field environment and all types of weather and temperature conditions; exposure to potentially hostile individuals and environments, noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, and gases; work at heights or in confined spaces; work and/or walk on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces and rough terrain.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting and in a field environment; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; walk on uneven terrain, loose soil, and sloped surfaces; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to travel to other locations; to operate equipment and vehicles; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Other Requirements

Local 39 Supervisory


Last Update: 8/2019

JD 11/2018


No state income tax.

Nevada PERS retirement plan. Vesting in 5 years.

No social security participation (1.45 % Medicare deduction required).

City paid medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage for employee. City pays a substantial amount towards dependent coverage.

City paid long term disability insurance and life insurance.

Twelve paid holidays.

Deferred compensation plans 457 and 401(a) available.

Vacation leave accrued at 4 hours per bi-weekly pay period.

Sick leave accrued at 4 hours per bi-weekly pay period.

Credit Union available.