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Code Enforcement Inspector

  • Type:Full Time
  • Salary/Pay Rate:Starting at $1394.54 bi-weekly
  • Posted Date:March 12, 2018
  • Deadline to Apply:March 25, 2018




Under general supervision, performs skilled inspection work in securing compliance with established codes governing the Parish's ordinances concerning property use. Employee is responsible for the interpretation, application and enforcement of rules and regulations relating to code and zoning violations of land use; refers any complaints or violations to the proper department. Work involves responding to complaints from property owners and/or referrals; investigating and researching complaints; follow-up on previously cited properties; preparing invoices for department services rendered; prepares evidence for upcoming cases; tagging abandoned or derelict vehicles; making determinations on abandoned structures; and performing various duties for the Public Works Department. Reports to the Code Enforcement Supervisor or the Zoning & Regulatory Administrator. 


 Investigates and responds to complaints from property owners, administrative and legislative branches of parish government, parish Sheriff's Office, and/or other referrals concerning complaints of Parish code violations; interviews complainants and property owners to determine if complaint is valid; interviews property owner in order to notify owner of violation, and to encourage compliance and/or correction of violation; interacts with complainant to encourage complainant to testify before Code Enforcement Board.

 Performs routine inspections of new and existing Parish properties for conformance with safety standards, zoning codes and ordinances; and performs necessary research of property's address and description to verify information.

 Takes measurements, pictures, and gathers any necessary evidence for code violation case hearings; researches legal descriptions, property ownership, and ordinances.

 Assists in the issuance of notices to property owners or occupants citing nature of violations; prepares invoices and submits to property owners, contractors and the Finance Department for services performed by the Code Enforcement Inspector.

 Files liens against property for non-payment of invoices; and prepares affidavits to cancel liens when invoices have been paid.

 Attends desk to receive and answer inquiries concerning Parish code and zoning questions; receives and pursues complaints alleging code or zoning violations, performing inspections as necessary.

 Assists in the formulation of recommendations to rectify violations; forwards recommendations to the supervisor.

 Interacts with supervisor and other Parish departments, Parish Attorneys, and District Council members concerning questionable cases of code violations, and to aid in questions in areas of specialty.

 Maintains all necessary reports and records pertaining to inspections and code enforcement work; prepares worksheets for notices for violations; prepares referral forms for other agencies concerning possible violations.

 Assists in the establishment of administrative procedures to affect the efficiency of the code enforcement section.

 Inspects new construction to ensure compliance with zoning criteria and Federal and State laws regulating flood elevations.

 Tags derelict or abandoned vehicles for removal by owner.

 Inspects abandoned structures to make determinations as to whether a structure is safe or in violation of Parish building codes; prepares and distributes violation notices; and makes determinations as to whether structure should be demolished or boarded up.

 Uses electronic calculator, parish vehicle, measuring wheel, survey instruments, office duplicating machines, blueprint machine, basic drafting instruments, in carrying out assigned work.


 Assists with answering telephone for other designated Parish departments on a periodic basis.

 Researches locations of servitude, drainage and road right-of-ways for the Public Works Department.

 Inspects add-on structures of residential and commercial areas for code compliance.

 Assists with receiving permit applications, fees and with issuing receipts; and maintains records of permits issued, inspections made and other official work performed.

 Directs and processes Council requests as required.

 May be required prepare documentation and testimony for presentation in a court of law.

 Performs other related work as required.


 High school diploma or GED, supplemented by special training in building and property inspection. Have 1 to 2 years’ experience in construction work. Any equiva­lent combination of experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.


 Must possess a valid Louisiana driver's license.



Physical Requirements:  Must be physically able to operate a variety of machinery and equipment including calculators, typewriters, copiers, levels, measuring gauges, hand tools, etc. Must be physically able to operate a motor vehicle. Must be able to exert up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.  Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for sedentary work/ Light Work usually requires walking or standing to a significant degree. However, if the use of arm and/or leg controls require exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for Light Work.

Data Conception:  Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable, functional, structural, or composite characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people or things.

Interpersonal Communications:  Requires the ability to speak and/or signal people to convey or exchange information.  Includes receiving instructions, assignments and/or directions from superiors.

Language Ability:  Requires the ability to read a variety of reports, correspondence, log sheets, plat maps, forms, etc. Requires the ability to prepare correspondence, reports, forms, worksheets, code explanations, etc., using prescribed formats and conforming to all rules of punctuation, grammar, diction, and style. Requires the ability to speak to people with poise, voice control, and confidence.

Intelligence:  Requires the ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to  define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagrammatic form; and to deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Verbal Aptitude:  Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow oral and written instructions.  Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in a variety of technical or professional languages including engineering, legal, architectural and construction terminology.

Numerical Aptitude:  Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas; to add and subtract; multiply and divide; utilize decimals and percentages.

Form/Spatial Aptitude:  Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width, and shape.

Motor Coordination:  Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes rapidly and accurately in using office equipment and hand tools.

Manual Dexterity:  Requires the ability to handle a variety of items such as office equipment and hand tools.  Must have minimal levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.

Color Discrimination:  Requires the ability to differentiate between colors and shades of color.

Interpersonal Temperament:  Requires the ability to deal with people beyond giving and receiving instructions.  Must be adaptable to performing under stress and when confronted with persons acting under stress.

Physical Communication:  Requires the ability to talk and/or hear: (talking: expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words; hearing: perceiving nature of sounds by ear).  Must be able to communicate via telephone.                                                              


Considerable knowledge of Parish and departmental rules, regulations, policies and procedures, and the ability to interpret them.

 Considerable knowledge of the organization and functions of the Planning & Zoning Department.

 Considerable knowledge of state and local ordinances and codes administered through the Planning and Zoning Department concerning property zonings.

 General knowledge of the geograph­ical layout of the Parish.

 Ability to prepare technical reports.

 Ability to use basic survey and drafting instruments.

 Ability to use and interpret parish maps and flood hazard boundary maps.

 Ability to read blueprints.

 Ability to interpret diagrams, specifications, codes and zoning regulations.

 Ability to deal tactfully and firmly with contractors, property owners and the general public.

 Ability to physically maneuver on structures and in cramped quarters to accomplish thorough inspec­tions.

 Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.

  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships as necessitated by work assign­ments

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