Chief Building Official Job at Petaluma, Sonoma County, California

Chief Building Official

City of Petaluma , California

Job Information 


Building Services

Senior Level


$123,198.40 - $149,780.80 Annually

Application Deadline 


05/17/2021 11:59 PM PDT

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive



Are you passionate about reducing climate change and mitigating against its impacts? Do you consider yourself an expert in the California building codes?  Do you have a customer-service focus, innovative problem-solving approach and collaborative management style?

If so, consider applying to join the City of Petaluma team as our next Chief Building Official!

As the Chief Building Official, you will be a key partner and liaison for property owners, the development community, and other City departments, in addition to managing the day-to-day operations of the Building Division.


  • SALARY RANGE: $123,198.36 -  $149,780.76 annually (Final salary range pending City Council approval)
    • MEDICAL INSURANCE: Choice of a variety of CalPERS Health Plans with a City contribution of up to $2,016.84 monthly for family health coverage (2021 plan year) or alternative option to receive Medical Cash Back (if you have medical coverage elsewhere)
    • DENTAL & VISION INSURANCE: Coverage for employees & eligible family members, paid for by the City.
    • LIFE INSURANCE: 1.5x annual compensation up to maximum of $200,000. Option to purchase additional insurance. Long-Term Disability up to 60% of your current monthly salary after eligibility requirements are met and subject to maximum amounts.
    • FLEXIBLE WORK WEEK: 4/10 work week, with Fridays off. This schedule is revisited annually by the City Council and could change.
    • EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM: Support and benefits, for you and eligible family members, paid for by the City.
      • 2% at 60 for classic CalPERS members
      • 2% at 62 for PEPRA CalPERS members
    • DEFERRED COMPENSATION PLAN: Voluntary participation in your choice of three plans. 
  • FOR YOUR WORK / LIFE BALANCE (annual amounts):
    • Vacation: 80 Hours, increasing with years of service
    • Sick Leave: 96 hours
    • Administrative Leave: 80 hours (per fiscal year)
    • Holidays: 12 fixed and 1 floating
Please refer to the Memorandum of Understanding for Unit 9 and the Human Resources website for additional details:


Please visit to view additional information on our dedicated position website.

Position Summary

Plan, schedule, and coordinate the activities and projects of the City's building inspection division; provide expert professional assistance to City departments in areas of responsibility; provide highly technical expertise to the Director of Community Development and/or City Manager. 

Class Characteristics

Administrative direction is provided by the Director of Community Development and/or City Manager; responsibilities include the direct and indirect supervision of professional, technical, and/or support staff.  

This class has division level responsibility for the administration and direction of the City building inspection, building code enforcement, plan checking, and permit application processing functions. The incumbent is responsible for assisting in the formulation of policy, developing goals and objectives, supervising staff, administering the division's budget, and directing day-to-day operations. This class is distinguished from the Director of Community Development and/or City Manager in that the Director of Community Development has overall management responsibility for the Community Development Department, including Housing and Building Inspection divisions and the City Manager has overall management responsibility of all City departments. 


Plan, organize, assign, review, direct, and evaluate the work of assigned staff; plan for and provide staff training and professional development; make recommendations for appointments, promotions, and disciplinary actions; set work priorities, coordinate and schedule assignments, and establish goals and objectives.

 Assist in the preparation and administration of the division's budget; participate in the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; analyze costs savings and recommend efficiency improvements.

 Recommend the appointment of personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; implement discipline procedures as required; maintain discipline and high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the division.

 Advise the Director of Community Development and/or City Manager on aspects of building and related code interpretations.

 Direct and administer activities and programs for compliance with federal, state, and municipal codes and regulations governing building construction, rehabilitation, alteration, use, and occupancy. 

 Supervise the issuance of building permits and the collection of fees. 

 Recommend new or revised regulations to achieve uniformity of code applications; analyze, review, and prepare code amendments or clearances; furnish updated interpretations of codes and regulations to other City staff; assist in the preparation of City ordinances.

 Administer and enforce the City's building inspection compliance programs; investigate or direct the investigation of complaints and hazardous conditions.

 Perform plan check review for residential and non-residential buildings; review structural and site plans. 

 Keep informed of current regulations, changes in code and legislation, new building materials, and construction methods.

 Provide advice and technical assistance to City management and staff, developers, commissions or boards, committees, and the public, either directly or through professional staff; act as staff liaison for the Building Board of Appeals.

 Work closely with City staff to solve a broad range of service, delivery, community, and administrative problems. 

 Prepare and present various administrative and analytical reports, staff reports, and other necessary documents and correspondence.

 Select and oversee the work of consultants.

 Perform related duties as assigned.



Knowledge of:

Administrative principles and methods, including development of goals and objectives, program and budget development and implementation, and work organization and delegation.

 Federal, state, and local regulatory requirements, including applicable laws, codes, ordinances, regulations, and guidelines governing housing and building construction, rehabilitation, alteration, use, and occupancy.

 Problems, trends, and approaches used in municipal code inspection and enforcement programs.

 Local government organization and service delivery related to building inspection and code enforcement.

 Building practices and materials in the structural, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical construction fields.

 Principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building, and conflict resolution.

 Principles and practices of supervision, training, and personnel management.

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


Education and Experience

Any combination equivalent to the education and experience likely to provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to gain such knowledge and abilities would be:


Equivalent to an Associate’s degree with major course work in pre-engineering, construction technology, or a related field.


Two years of lead or supervisory experience in building and related inspections, plan checking, or code enforcement. Additional technical level experience in building inspection and building code enforcement may be substituted for the experience on a year-for-year basis.


Possession of a valid California Class C driver’s license. 

 Possession of applicable I.C.C. certifications.


Physical Demands and Working Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be frequently required to sit and talk and hear. The employee will be required to stand, walk, and use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee frequently is required to sit, enter data into a terminal, personal computer or keyboard device; operate office equipment requiring repetitive arm/hand movement. The employee will occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


11 English St

Petaluma, CA 94953