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Housing Codes Inspector
The fundamental reason this classification exists is inspect residential structures and lots for compliance with City zoning, codes, ordinances and related regulations and requirements. Employees in this class perform specialized work functions associated with enforcing International Property Maintenance Codes and City of Montgomery codes and ordinances pertaining to deteriorated, dilapidated, and unsanitary residential housing, the accumulation of litter, junk, trash, stagnant water and abandoned vehicles on residential lots hazardous to the public's health and safety. Although employees receive assistance on new or difficult inspections, most field work is performed independently and requires technical discretion and judgment in inspecting a variety of projects. The essential functions are: performs interior/exterior housing inspections including homes and apartments; inspects properties such as lots and other parcels of land within the City limits for compliance with City codes, ordinances and council resolutions; coordinates abatement of weeds and nuisance on vacant lots and other premises; accepts additional assignments and performs additional duties as required. The work is subject to periodic inspection and review by the Chief Housing Codes Inspector.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The following list was developed through a job analysis; however, it is not exhaustive and other duties may be required and assigned. A person with a disability which is covered by the ADA must be able to perform the essential functions of the job unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation. The list of essential functions is to be used as a starting point to determine essential functions for a specific position at a specific location at a specific time. The ADA was intended to be applied on a case-by-case basis with the understanding that one position may differ from another similar position. The performance of "non-essential functions" is not optional for employees not covered under the ADA.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Performs interior/exterior housing inspections including homes and apartments, using plans, specifications, blueprints, video camera, computer and information obtained through interviews with owners/tenants during on-site inspections following Federal, State and City codes, International Property Maintenance Code and related regulations and ordinances in order to ensure compliance.

Receives and responds to complaints regarding violation of housing, abandoned or inoperative vehicles, debris, unsanitary condition, and other municipal code violations.
Investigates possible violations, videotapes evidence and communicates with responsible persons via letters, telephone or in person.
Receives and processes letters, speed letters, memos and faxes.
Inspects the premises and the interior and external structure for code compliance.
Determines if structural, plumbing and minor electrical defects exist and refers major deficiencies to the proper department.
Determines if assistance is required for on-site inspections.
Measures dwelling and property dimensions.
Meets with owners and contractors to discuss code violations, necessary repairs, and time frames for repairs or corrections.
Prepares cost estimates for repair recommendations.
Re-inspects dwellings and premises where violations were found to determine whether corrections have been made.
Makes daily inspection reports to the Chief Housing Codes Inspector.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Inspects properties such as lots and other parcels of land within the City limits using computer, plat books, City maps, specifications, and video camera, following departmental rules, regulations and guidelines and federal, state and City codes and related regulations and ordinances in order to ensure compliance.

Generates own work schedules based on observations.
Prioritizes own work schedules, request, and complaints based on location, date and accepted department priorities.
Collects on-site information and documents.
Prepares standard form letters notifying owners of violations, inspections and related information.
Maintains records of inspection activities including the inspection report, a listing of any violations and correspondence related to the particular property.
Prepares or completes various forms, reports, correspondence, logs, inspection reports, citations, court disposition forms or other documents.
Determines if assistance is required for on-site inspections such as law enforcement support or supervisor.
Conducts follow-up inspection to ensure compliance with applicable codes and ordinances.
Makes video tape records of violation before and after cleanup.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Coordinates abatement of weeds and nuisances on vacant lots and other premises using computer, bid packages, video camera, plat book, map book, various forms and documents following City Council resolution, departmental guidelines, City codes and related regulations in order to enforce City codes and ordinances pertaining to weeds and nuisances.

Researches property ownership and legal description and identifies premises or structures to be cleaned up or demolished.
Prepares and issues bid packages to demolish or clean up structures or premises upon approval of City Council.
Shows premises to be cleaned up or demolished to contracted registered abatement agents.
Inspects work of contracted agents for weed and nuisance abatement.
Videotapes site to support resolution for abatement.
Maintains records and prepares paper work for abatement agents to be paid.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Contributes to the department objectives by accepting additional assignments and performing additional duties as required using a computer, reports, bid packages, other forms and documents following departmental rules and guidelines in order to meet the overall objective of the Department.

Attends community association meetings to provide information to the community.
Attends and participates in meetings with supervisor and citizens relative to code violations.
Researches deeds, abstracts, previous inspection records, and other records to obtain legal descriptions of properties in order to determine ownership.
Compiles and submits weekly inspection summaries.
Testifies in court as necessary on behalf of the City for cases involving violations of City's codes and ordinances.
Knowledge of applicable City and State fire, building, and housing codes and ordinances and related laws and ordinances as needed to enforce pertinent codes, ordinances, laws and regulations with impartiality and efficiency.

Knowledge of construction trades, methods, techniques and stages where violations and defects may be observed and corrected in existing structures as needed to inspect and provide cost and repair estimates to owners.

Knowledge of the geography of the City of Montgomery to include the various areas, developments, streets and highways as needed to bypass detours, determine the safest and quickest routes and locate buildings and streets.

Knowledge of International Property Maintenance Code to include requirements such as general, light, ventilation and occupancy limitation, plumbing facilities and fixture, mechanical, electrical and fire as needed to ensure public health, safety and welfare as they are affected by the continued occupancy and maintenance of structures and premises.

Skill in oral communication to include listening to others, being clear and concise as needed to convey information to the housing sector and to respond to inquiries.

Skill in written communication to include the use of standard English grammar, punctuation and spelling as needed to compose letters, memos, forms and document inspection activities.

Skill in reading at a level to comprehend and interpret maps, plans, plat books, blueprints, specifications and layouts and apply codes, ordinances, laws, rules, regulations and policies as needed to comply with various codes, ordinances and provide information to others.

Math skills to include addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and measurement as needed to prepare cost estimates for repair recommendations and measure dwelling and property dimensions.

Ability to recognize unsafe or inadequate electrical systems, plumbing and building structural conditions as needed to determine violations.

Ability to operate and use a personal computer and various computer applications as needed to research and retrieve information.

Ability to inspect the work of contracted abatement agents as needed to ensure that work is performed in time frame allotted and according to City codes and ordinances.

Ability to interpret and apply codes, ordinances, laws, rules, regulations and policies.

Ability to understand and interpret building construction plans and specifications to include dimensions, wall details and electrical and plumbing details as needed to ensure compliance with codes and ordinances.

Ability to investigate codes and other complaints in a timely and tactful manner.

Ability to establish effective working relations with building owners/occupants, contractors and the public.

Ability to testify on behalf of the City in court cases involving violations of City’s code and ordinances.

Ability to take the initiative and to work independently with little supervision to include scheduling work, motivating oneself, managing time effectively, and determining when tasks require the intervention of others as needed to meet deadlines.

Ability to make practical, useful decisions under stress and in a timely manner.

Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously to include being able to be interrupted and return to the task immediately and prioritizing as needed to provide information to others, juggle job responsibilities and to ensure that all tasks are completed.

Ability to coordinate activities with co-workers, supervisors, contractors, other City agencies and the public.

Physical ability to climb stairs and outside ladders.

Physical ability to walk 1/8 mile.

Physical ability to stand, walk or bend for extended periods.
High School Diploma or G. E. D. equivalent. Five years' experience in the construction, renovation, maintenance or inspection of residential or commercial buildings including one year of experience in a leadership capacity, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Must be willing to work outdoors in all type of weather and be exposed to insect, rodents, unfriendly pets and poisonous vegetation. Must obtain Property Maintenance and Housing Inspector certification within one year of employment with the City of Montgomery Inspections Department. Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license as needed to operate city vehicles.
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