• 849 Cove Parkway, Suites C, Cottonwood, AZ 86326

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  • Building Official

    Posted: 03/19/2021

    Building Official Certification - Must be able to obtain within 12 months of hire through the International Code Council (ICC) or Council of American Building Officials.
    Certified Plans Examiner - REQUIRED. Certification through ICC.
    Certified Building Inspector - REQUIRED. Certification through ICC.

    Full Job Description


    This is an exempt, full-time, classified position with full benefits. Expected hiring range is minimum of range 23; Hiring range: $25.09 per hour - $29.06 per hour. Full long term range of position is $25.09 per hour - $36.98 per hour. 

    Access Full Job Description here.

    DESCRIPTION:  Under general supervision of the Community Development Director, ensures all provisions of the adopted Building, Plumbing, Mechanical and Electrical codes, the City Municipal Codes, Zoning Ordinance, and any other applicable codes are followed.   

    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics.  This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this classification.


    • Develops and posts work assignments to key personnel; compiles and submits reports (e.g. weekly, monthly quarterly, budgetary, fiscal, etc.); manages the daily operations of the Department ensuring functions are being conducted properly; conducts plan reviews on construction plans and documents for compliance with adopted building, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing codes; ensures all departments involved have had issues addressed to their standards.
    • Performs commercial and residential plan review to ensure compliance with adopted building codes.
    • Performs building, mechanical and plumbing inspections of commercial and residential building construction for compliance with adopted building codes.                                                                                              
    • Participates in organizing and conducting Code Review Board (CRB) meetings, meets with architects, engineers, developers, contractors, builders and property owners to advise or resolve various problems related to construction standards and code enforcement activities. Ensures close coordination with other City departments and affected outside groups. Makes presentations before various groups, including City Council, Planning Commission, other boards and commissions and professional and public meetings, as needed.
    • Conducts field inspections of ongoing projects from single family residences to commercial construction; verifies that the project is being constructed pursuant to approved plans and provisions of the adopted codes; interfaces with the public to help them with their permit applications and educate them as to what the specific code requirements are for their particular project; explains code violations to citizens so that they can address needed corrections. Assists with most difficult field inspections, reviews inspections and decisions when unusual circumstances exist; analyzes, interprets and checks complex plan specifications, calculations, laws and regulations.
    • Investigates citizen complaints in regard to possible violations of the Municipal Code and Zoning Ordinance; contacts property owners or tenants through physical or written contact; follows up on violations to ensure they are being corrected; may be required to appear in court and testify as a representative of the City; represents the Department at meetings (e.g. code review, safety committee, personnel, etc.).
    • Responds to and resolves difficult, complex or sensitive inquiries, complaints and technical code applications; resolves procedural and operational issues related to codes, department policies and procedures; confers with and advises department director of complex or sensitive problems involving building code activities or administrative issues; refers unresolved violations for appropriate enforcement actions.
    • Prepares reports; documents policies and procedures; performs research; recommends building and related code changes.
    • Builds and maintains respectful, positive working relationships with staff, supervisors, outside agencies and the public using principles of good customer service; provides effective conflict resolution, as needed.
    • Models appropriate professional management conduct; maintains appropriate confidentiality of sensitive information; complies with and supports state and local laws, city policies and procedures.
    • Oversees and administers small capital building projects including remodels, new construction, etc.
    • Assists the department director and other team members in coordinating the functions of the department, including preparing the annual budget, establishing goals and objectives, policies and other team functions.
    • Maintains accurate records of permit and complaint activities, inspections, problems and results.
    • Maintains and performs website information related to building division.
    • Actively supports and upholds the City’s stated mission and values, including being open for business and providing excellent customer service that is externally focused.
    • Actively works to inspire a vibrant community through departmental work and ensures departmental work fits the ‘Heart of Arizona Wine Country’ branding.
    • Performs related duties and responsibilities as required.


    • Knowledge of applicable Federal, State and local laws, ordinances, statutes, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures relevant to building code administration, standards and specifications.
    • Knowledge of the various codes (building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, health regulations, etc.) in the City.
    • Knowledge of principles of structural design, engineering mathematics, and architectural plan review and inspection.
    • Knowledge of the construction techniques, alterations, demolitions and removal of buildings and structures within the City.
    • Knowledge of adopted Building Codes in the City of Cottonwood.
    • Knowledge of development review, building permit and building plan review process procedures.
    • Skill in developing and maintaining effective interpersonal relations, conflict resolution and excellent customer service and principles of public speaking.
    • Skill in written and oral communications.
    • Skill in analyzing data and drawing valid conclusions.
    • Skill in conducting research and providing meaningful results.
    • Safe work practices and related regulations.
    • Skill in managing multiple projects simultaneously.
    • Ability to effectively problem solve and commit to actionable decisions.
    • Ability to maintain a professional work environment
    • Ability to maintain open lines of communication and the City’s customer focused work culture.

    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This classification involves the physical effort of standing, climbing, walking, stooping, crawling, lifting small to medium weights and traversing uneven and/or rocky ground.  These activities are sometimes performed in inclement weather.  Maintain required physical abilities including: vision adequate to operate vehicles and equipment, read instructions and follow directions; hearing adequate to distinguish mechanical noises, converse on telephone and in person; body mobility adequate to perform required inspection duties; use of hands and fingers adequate for writing, typing and computer related functions; ability to lift tools and equipment, as needed.



    • A minimum of three years of increasingly responsible experience in building code administration with at least two (2) years in a supervisory role.
    • A minimum of five (5) years increasingly responsible experience in building inspections and plan review.

    Education:  Equivalent of an Associate Degree from an accredited college or university with significant course work in the areas of structural, mechanical or civil engineering, architecture or a related field.

    License or Certificate

    • Possess or be able to obtain certification as a Building Official by the International Code Council (ICC), or certification as a Building Official from the Council of American Building Officials within 12 months of hire.
    • ICC Certified Plan Examiner and Certified Building Inspector certifications required.
    • Possess and maintain a valid Arizona Driver’s License within two months of hire.

    Job Advertisement

    With an elevation of 3,300 feet, Cottonwood is a small but growing community situated in the heart of the Verde Valley, which is located 90 miles north of Phoenix and 50 miles south of Flagstaff, at the base of Mingus Mountain. We have convenient shopping, hotels, restaurants, and a picturesque Historic Old Town, bustling with activity. Visit the local vineyards and tasting rooms, ancient Indian ruins, historic parks, landmarks, and ghost towns. Explore the hiking trails, golf at our scenic courses, or kayak down the beautiful Verde River. Enjoy the perfect balance of job satisfaction and phenomenal quality of life the area has to offer!

    This position will remain open until filled.

    First review of applications is April 16th at 3:00 P.M.