Building Official

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** To be considered for the first review of applications, you must apply by August 2, 2021.  This job posting will remain open until filled **

About City of Lake Stevens
Lake Stevens is a vibrant and growing community - the second fastest-growing city in Snohomish County - with a population of over 35,000 and plans for annexation in early 2021, which would make us the 4th largest city in the county.

Lake Stevens is generally a residential community with access to numerous commercial, retail and recreational opportunities. Of course, the crown jewel of the community is the lake itself, which boasts some of the greatest water recreational opportunities in the county. Lake Stevens is also uniquely situated, being close to the lake, ocean, and Cascade mountains, to take advantage of many outdoor activities. The Lake Stevens Schools are excellent and, coupled with a city priority of parks and increased walkability, makes Lake Stevens an ideal place to raise a family.

The City of Lake Stevens operates under the mayor-council system. The city’s motto, “One Community Around the Lake”, embodies our quality of life, top-ranked school district, and the City Council’s commitment to providing excellent services and amenities for its residents.

Why City of Lake Stevens?

  • Work-Life Balance – We are committed to ensure that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individuals’ lifestyle.
  • Flexible Work Schedules – The city offers a variety of work schedules to include potential hybrid/remote work dependent on meeting business necessities and supervisor approval.
  • Plan For Your Future – The City of Lake Stevens offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options. Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to our Benefits page for more information.

Position Purpose
The Building Official is an integral member of Planning and Community Development who is responsible for managing the Building Division. The incumbent is a working supervisor who will plan, oversee and perform functions of plan review and approval, permit applications, building inspections and code enforcement.  The incumbent will provide innovative and progressive ideas to accomplish tasks in the building division in support of a growing city. The incumbent is part of a collaborative work team and is responsive to inquiries from members of the public, fire district, contractors, developers and co-workers.  This is a highly visible position that requires the highest levels of professionalism and customer service.

The incumbent will utilize professional independent judgement to review and recommend changes/additions to city building codes; review and coordinate work flow improvements; approve the issuance of public and private building and construction permits to assure compliance with adopted code requirements; perform independent fieldwork of a regular, recurring, new and/or complex nature; respond to and enforce code-related complaints and violations through collaborative efforts and/or corrective actions as necessary; resolve unusual or difficult situations encountered by inspectors and permit specialists.  The incumbent will supervise, assign and evaluate the work of assigned employees.
Work is performed under limited supervision.  Director sets the overall objectives and resources available.   Incumbent and director work together to develop the deadlines, projects, and work to be completed.  Incumbent is responsible for the work, plans and carries out the assignment, resolves most conflicts that arise, coordinates work with others, and interprets policies on own initiative in terms of established objectives and independent judgement.  Incumbent keeps director informed of progress, potentially controversial matters, or far reaching implications.  Work is reviewed in terms of feasibility, compatibility with other work, or effectiveness of results.

Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Ensures residential, public and commercial buildings and other structures within the city are reviewed, permitted and inspected to conform to the appropriate construction and structural code requirements.
  • Plans, organizes and directs activities related to inspection and enforcement of building codes for residential and commercial buildings.
  • Supervises Building Division staff.
  • Participates in the selection, training, mentoring and evaluation of assigned employees; works with staff to correct deficiencies; implements corrective action and discipline within scope of authority.
  • Provides technical building code advice and prepares forms and educational materials on construction and code requirements.
  • Interprets construction codes and decisions to staff, developers, builders, and the public.
  • Determines the legal and regulatory procedures which apply to building projects and provides professional building and code enforcement advice and assistance; recommends revisions to city building, plumbing, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and electrical codes.
  • Conducts on-site inspections as necessary; creates, updates, and maintains inspection files throughout the inspection process.
  • Responds to and resolves unusual, difficult or sensitive inspections, citizen inquiries and complaints.
  • Administers and coordinates building and enforcement codes, regulations, and activities with other city departments, city attorney, fire district, other jurisdictions, and regional, state and federal agencies.
  • Authorizes the issuance of Certificates of Occupancy for commercial projects; authorizes the issuance of plumbing, mechanical building permits.
  • Enforces building zoning, land use and nuisance codes.
  • Oversees the implementation and maintenance of an online permitting system.
  • Conducts research, writes letters and prepares written reports.
  • Participates in the development of assigned budget items including approval of the forecast of funds for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies.
  • Works with the City Clerk’s Office in the maintenance of records and preparing documentation in response to requests for public record.
  • Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of community development; encourages division staff to do so as well.
  • Maintains regular, predictable and reliable attendance during scheduled hours.


  • Plans, organizes and manages a comprehensive enforcement program in coordination with the Police Department and other affected city departments and divisions.
  • Develops agendas, organizes meetings, prepare staff reports and other correspondence and makes presentations to the City Council and various technical committees and commissions.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
The physical demands described here and in the job description are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; talk; and hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms and to stand and walk; the employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; and to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. While in the office environment, the employee frequently is required to sit for extended periods of time and type on a keyboard for extended periods of time. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 35 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, color, and peripheral vision; depth perception; and the ability to adjust focus.
Work is usually performed in both an office and field environment subject to driving to offsite locations to perform inspections or to investigate issues. The field environment may include, but not be limited to, all types of weather conditions and perhaps potential hazards from unconfined animals, dilapidated structures and litter.  Walking over rough, uneven terrain and some climbing may be required.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee may occasionally be exposed individuals who may possibly be irate or hostile. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.
Evening or variable hours may be required.
Education, Training and Experience Guidelines
Education:     Associate’s degree (AA) in Construction Management, Architecture, Engineering or related field is preferred;

Experience:    Five (5) years of experience in increasingly responsible positions including code enforcement, commercial and residential building inspector, plans examiner, building official or comparable private position with a minimum of two (2) years of experience reviewing building plans for conformance with all the applicable building codes, ordinances and national standards.  Supervisory experience is preferred.

Or:                Any combination of education and experience, which provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the job, may be substituted for these qualifications.

Knowledge of:

  • Building construction practices, materials and methods.
  • Structural, plumbing, and mechanical fields of applicable codes, regulations, and building plans.
  • Applicable city codes, international codes, state laws, and regulations governing construction and design structures.
  • Structure, organization and interrelationships of city departments, agencies and related governmental agencies and offices affecting assigned functions.
  • Project management principles and techniques.
  • Principles and practices of governmental budget preparation and administration.
  • Ability to manage complex assignments independently and make decisions or recommend course of action basked knowledge and established procedures.

Ability to:

  • Interpret architectural plans and specifications, engineering calculations and property descriptions.
  • Effectively utilize supervisory principles and practices.
  • Detect structural faults, and the stages of construction when violations and defects may most easily be observed and corrected.
  • Administer and enforce applicable building, zoning, and other codes, regulations, and policies.
  • Maintain records and respond to records requests in accordance with the state’s Public Records Act and city’s records policies.
  • Develop, implement and administer goals, objectives and procedures.
  • Handle multiple tasks accurately and reliably in a busy, demanding work environment.
  • Learn applicable computer applications, software, and peripheral equipment quickly and effectively.
  • Conduct technical research, gather and analyze data, and present findings or recommendations.
  • Participate as a contributing member of a service-oriented team.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with assigned team, staff, management, contractors, developers, outside agencies, community groups and the general public.
  • Demonstrate positive and effective interaction and communication with individuals of diverse social and economic backgrounds.
  • Correctly use English grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.
  • Effectively schedule and prioritize workload individually and with other staff members.
  • Maintain confidentiality and communicate with tact and diplomacy.
  • Understand and follow instructions.
  • Work independently and conduct construction compliance inspections in all types of terrain and weather conditions.

Skilled in:

  • Record keeping techniques and in using related technology.
  • Preparing clear and concise correspondence and written materials.
  • Analyzing situations accurately and adopting an effective course of action.
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing, including the ability to listen effectively and to explain complex issues and applicable legal requirements, policies, and procedures to internal and external customers.

License, Certifications, and Other Requirements:

  • Valid State of Washington Driver’s License or ability to obtain one within thirty (30) days; and a driving record which meets the city’s requirements.
  • Current International Code Conference (ICC) Certified Building Official certificate, required.
  • Current ICC Plans Examiner or Combination Inspector certification, required.
  • Completion of position-relevant background check.

This position description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

How to Apply
Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine salary. Therefore, it is very important that the “Work Experience” portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible.

In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application: 

  • An attached resume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
  • An attached cover letter that further explains your qualifications and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
  • Contact details for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. This information can be entered in the “References” section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment.

The City of Lake Stevens is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, marital status, genetic information, veteran’s status, disability, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law.

There are no limitations to who's a best fit to serve this community. If we contact you for an interview and you need specific accommodations, please let us know.  We're happy to make the arrangements. We’ll need to know ten (10) days in advance to make sure we get you situated, so call Human Resources at (425) 622-9400 or email   You're also welcome to mail your request to City of Lake Stevens Human Resources, P.O. Box 257, Lake Stevens, WA 98258.




P.O. Box 257
Lake Stevens, WA 98258
425-622-9420 Position #2021-00019

1812 Main Street, Lake Stevens Full-time
Snohomish County Only This job is either located or can be performed in Snohomish County
Yearly Salary $95,000 - $104,999
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