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Neighborhood Inspector

Company: City of Auburn, AL
Location: Auburn
Posted on: June 7, 2021

Job Description:


This position is responsible for the full-range of technical field inspection and investigation work in the enforcement of property maintenance, zoning, sign, and other nuisance and environmental control ordinances.


Performs inspections for compliance of property maintenance, zoning and other City ordinances. (70%) - Receives and responds to complaints from Citizens, staff and outside agencies regarding violations of municipal codes, ordinances, standards and health and safety regulations. - Investigates and documents complaints by conducting interviews and securing photographs and other pertinent data, researching ownership records and prior complaints to establish if a violation has occurred. - Issues notice of violations to property owners and businesses of violations and the need for compliance by telephone, certified mail or in person. - Prepares documents (e.g. notices, search warrants) for unrelated occupancy complaints and executes with Auburn Police Division assistance. - Works with City Attorney's office to prepare documentation for legal proceedings; appear in court when necessary. - Works with violators to develop a solution to the violation in a courteous manner. - Performs follow-up inspections to ensure that compliance has been achieved. - Performs preventative enforcement by conducting field inspections in assigned areas. - Consults with Planning Director or his designee when necessary on situations regarding zoning enforcement.

Performs outreach activities. (20%) - Works with various civic and neighborhood associations to establish alternative means or programs to assist in resolving violations to avoid abatement. - Performs public education sessions regarding property maintenance, zoning and other City ordinances. - Interprets and explains municipal codes and ordinance to members of the public, contractors, business owners and other interested groups. - Prepares presentations for internal and external agencies. - Creates educational materials to distribute to participants

Performs related duties. (10%) - Demonstrates punctual, regular, and reliable attendance. - Performs work after hours (e.g. nights and weekends) to handle inspections or emergencies as needed. - Attends meetings, workshops, and training sessions. - Provides innovative solutions to enhance current processes and procedures and/or resolve workplace issues. - Prepares a variety of written reports, memos and correspondence related to enforcement activities. - Performs other duties as assigned.


Knowledge of City and departmental rules and regulations.
Knowledge of City standard details and design manuals.
Knowledge of City ordinances.
Knowledge of City codes and ordinances.
Knowledge of Auburn subdivision regulations.
Knowledge of computers and job-related software programs.
Skill in the interpretation of various codes and ordinance.
Skill in reviewing and interpreting plans, technical specifications and blueprints.
Skill in operating testing and measurement instruments, computers, calculators, two-way radios, and cameras.
Skill in performing basic mathematical calculations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and percentages.
Skill in the analysis and evaluation of pertinent data.
Skill in decision making and problem solving.
Skill in interpersonal relations and in dealing with the public.
Skill in preparing and presenting reliable and accurate reports.
Skill in oral and written communication.
Ability to work cooperatively with others.


The Inspection Services Director assigns work in terms of general instructions. The supervisor spot-checks completed work for compliance with procedures, accuracy, and the nature and propriety of the final results.


Guidelines include the City of Auburn Code, the Zoning Ordinance, subdivision regulations, International Building Codes, National Electric Code, state laws, City and department policies and procedures, and City of Auburn Core Values, Vision, and Mission statements. These guidelines require judgment, selection, and interpretation in application


The work consists of varied codes enforcement duties. The high volume and complexity of cases which include stressful and negative situations contribute to the complexity of this position.
The purpose of this position is to enforce neighborhood codes and ordinances. Success in this position contributes to the safety of life and property.


Contacts are typically with co-workers, contractors, subcontractors, architects, builders, property owners, and members of the general public.
Contacts are typically to give or exchange information, resolve problems, and provide services.


The work is typically performed while intermittently sitting, standing, stooping, walking, bending, or crouching. The employee occasionally lifts light objects weighing less than 24 pounds. The employee climbs ladders, uses tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, distinguishes between shades of color and utilizes sense of smell.
The work is typically performed outdoors and in an office. The employee is exposed to noise, dust, dirt, grease and occasional cold or inclement weather.




Graduation from an accredited college or university with an Associate's Degree in a related field; and 1 to 2 years of related experience; or Any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training which provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work.
Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver's license for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.
Possession of or ability to readily obtain an International Code Council Property Maintenance certification within a year.

Keywords: City of Auburn, AL, Auburn , Neighborhood Inspector, Other , Auburn, Alabama

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