Skip to page body Home About Cupertino In the News Living LDoing Business City Services I Want To
Job Review
Building Inspector
Type: Full Time
Salary/Pay Rate: $84,155.41 - $102,291.41 annually + CalPERS Retirement
Posted Date: 5/23/2013
Deadline to Apply: 6/10/2013

Final Filing Date: Upon receipt of the first 150 qualified applications
or by Monday, June 10, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.

Supplemental application required.

Due to an anticipated high volume of applicants, only the first 150 qualified applications received will be considered. Additional qualified applications received will be considered only if needed and at the discretion of the City. 

The Position

The City of Cupertino is currently recruiting for a Building Inspector to perform inspections of buildings and structures in all stages of construction and accurately document the results of the inspection; to review various building, construction, improvement, repair and related building plans and specifications with applicable building, residential, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, fire, energy, green building standards and housing codes; to compute fees and issue permits; and to do related work as required. Positions allocated to this class exercise a high degree of independent judgment in performing all aspects of plan checking not requiring review by a licensed Engineer or Architect. This is the full journey level class in the Building Inspector series. Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise, and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies within the work unit. This position reports directly to the Senior Building Inspector and may receive technical and functional supervision from the Building Official.

Duties may include, but are not limited to: Perform on-site inspections for industrial, commercial and residential buildings and structures for various stages of construction and remodeling to assure compliance with approved plans, specifications, and applicable codes and regulations of the City, County, State, and Federal agencies; Issue correction notices and notice of violations and monitor compliance with the corrective measures; Complete and maintain a variety of records, reports, documents and correspondence; Inspect air conditioning, plumbing, mechanical and routine electrical systems; Assure proper and safe installations of routine and complex building systems; Perform Plan Check review of construction drawings, basic calculations, reports and specifications for compliance with the applicable California Code of Regulations and prepare written responses as necessary; Provide information by telephone, email and at the Public Counter in response to questions regarding building codes and ordinances, building permit application process and procedures; Assist the public in completing applications and other necessary forms; Reviews applications; Accepts construction plans and plan documents for permit processing; Calculate permit fees and issue building permits for various scopes of work; Approve and issue less complicated non-structural plan checks over the counter; Confer with developers, contractors, architects, engineers, and the general public to explain building code requirements and answer questions; Train and lead subordinate staff as assigned; Explain and interpret requirements and restrictions; Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees and the public using principles of quality customer service; Assist the Building Official as needed; Perform related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of: General provisions of the building related codes and ordinances enforceable by the City, including the California Building Code, Residential Code, Plumbing, Electrical, Mechanical, Fire, Energy and Green Building Standards Code; Accepted safety standards and methods of building construction; Principles, practices and procedures in the construction trades, including carpentry, plumbing, mechanical, electrical and heating/air-conditioning; Principles and techniques of building inspection duties.

Ability to: Read and interpret construction plans and specifications and to enforce their application; Keep records and prepare reports; Learn and apply specific provisions of applicable codes, ordinances and regulations enforced by the City; Perform inspections by applying technical knowledge and following proper inspection techniques to examine workmanship and materials, and detect deviations from plans, regulations and standard construction practices; Make arithmetical computations rapidly and accurately; Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; On a continuous basis, sit at a desk for short periods of time; Twist and reach office equipment; Intermittently stand, walk, bend, climb, kneel and squat while conducting field inspections; Use telephone, and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; and lift or carry weight of 30 pounds or less; On a continuous basis, know and understand aspects of the job; and explain codes, regulations, and procedures to contractors, developers, the general public, representatives of other public agencies, and other City staff; Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Experience and Education: Equivalent to the completion of twelfth grade; Minimum three years of experience at a journey level in the building trades or building construction or one year of experience as a Building Inspector with a local government agency.

License or Certificate: Possession of an International Code Council (ICC) certification or ability to obtain one within one year of appointment; Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Class C California driver’s license.

The Selection Procedure 

Applicants must complete an official City of Cupertino application and supplemental application (below) and return it to Human Resources or apply online at Final Filing Date: Upon receipt of the first 150 qualified applications or by Monday, June 10, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. Failure to complete the supplemental application will disqualify the applicant from the recruitment process. Applicants possessing the most desirable qualifications will be invited to continue in the selection process, which may include a written examination and/or panel interview. An eligible list will be established as a result of this process and will remain in effect for 3 months from the date established. The City of Cupertino is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of a person’s race, religion, color, sex (including gender and pregnancy), sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality), national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, uniformed service member status, marital status, pregnancy, age, medical condition, genetic characteristics, and physical or mental disability. Candidates with a disability, which may require special assistance in any phase of the application or testing process, should advise City of Cupertino Human Resources upon submittal of application. Documentation of the need for accommodation must accompany the request.

About the City 

The City of Cupertino (population 58,000) is located against the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains at the west end of the world famous Silicon Valley.  Cupertino has one of the most diverse, progressive, and technologically savvy populations in Northern California, and is committed to being a model multicultural community. Around the world, Cupertino is renowned as the headquarters of high-tech giant, Apple Inc., and many other Silicon Valley companies.  In the San Francisco Bay Area, Cupertino is known as a city with outstanding public schools including top ranked De Anza College, and beautiful open space preserves.  The combination of innovation, education and collaboration make Cupertino a desirable location for residents, businesses, and visitors alike.

Employee Benefits

Excellent supplemental Benefit package includes: 

  • CalPERS Retirement:
    • Current CalPERS members hired by Cupertino before 12/29/12 – 2.7% @ 55, City pays 6% of employee contribution and employee pays the remaining 2%
    • New employees to Cupertino hired after 12/29/12 with prior CalPERS (or recipricol agency) service– 2.0% @ 60, City pays 5% of employee contribution and employee pays remaining 2% of CalPERS employee share
    • New employees with no prior CalPERS service or a break in CalPERS service of 6 months or more -– 2.0% @ 62 employee required by law to pay 50% of the Normal Cost which currently equates to 6.25%
  • Choice of health insurance, portion of family premium paid by the City, and fully or partially paid premium for employee, depending on plan.
  • Fully paid vision, life, and disability insurance.
  • Fully or partially paid dental insurance, depending on plan.
  • Fully paid Employee Assistance Program.
  • Educational reimbursement up to $1,200 for approved coursework.
  • 12 holidays plus 20 hours of floating holidays annually.
  • 8 hours of sick leave per month.
  • 10 to 22 days of vacation annually.
  • Free membership to the Cupertino Sports Center.

Application Information

City employment applications may be obtained from the City of Cupertino Human Resources, 10300 Torre Ave., Cupertino, CA, by calling (408) 777-3227, or by visiting our website at To apply online, visit Completed City employment applications and supporting materials must be received by the City’s Human Resources no later than the final filing date. Postmarks or late applications will not be accepted. Faxed applications will be accepted only if the original application is received no later than the first business day following the closing date. Applications must be filled out completely. Please do not substitute “see resume” in the employment history section of the application. Resumes should be attached separately. Appointment to this position is contingent upon passing a pre-employment physical paid for by the City, a pre-employment fingerprinted criminal history records check and the ability to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.


Supplemental Application
A completed supplemental application must be submitted along with a completed City of Cupertino Employment Application to be considered for the Building Inspector position.

Please provide a response to each question. Please limit your response to 1.5 pages total.

1. Please describe your background, experience, and your involvement in working with an electronic permit tracking system.

2. Please describe your experience assigned to the public counter to answer general questions, process applications and to issue over-the-counter permits.

3. Please describe a project for which you have been assigned to perform a plan review? What type of review were you responsible for?

4a. You have informed a contractor on a major remodel and renovation of a residence that the inspection has not passed. The contractor claims that specific instructions and advice from another building inspector was followed and, therefore, the inspection should pass. What do you do?

4b. Would the situation change if you had allegedly been the individual whose directions and advice had been followed?

5. During the course of an unusually busy workday, with about three hours left until you are scheduled to go home, you determine that you may not be able to complete several inspections by the end of the day. How would you handle this situation? 

Download Application

Download Supplemental Application 

Apply Online (includes Supplemental Application)



Free viewers are required for some of the attached documents.
They can be downloaded by clicking on the icons below.

Download Acrobat Reader Download WinZip Download Real Player Download Flash Player