The Community Development & Planning Department seeks a Building Inspector to perform professional and inspection work related to the enforcement and interpretation of the Massachusetts Building Code and other applicable codes relating to building construction; other related work as required.

Working under the administrative direction of the Community Development & Planning Director/Assistant City Manager, this position performs responsible functions of a complex and technical nature involving the exercise of considerable judgment in the application and interpretation of building codes and other regulations. Reviews applications and plans for building construction for compliance with the State Building Code, performs inspections of buildings at different phases of construction and renovation, conducts periodic inspections relating to safety conditions. Reviews special engineering reports, responds to complaints of violations, issues stop work orders, files criminal complaints in court. Issues certificates of occupancy, inspects buildings for certificates of inspection and licensing, serves as a member of the plan/design review team and provides comments and recommendations to the Planning and Zoning Boards, serves as a city representative on municipal capital projects.

Supervises Assistant Building Inspector, Plumbing, Electrical and other inspection and office staff and oversee the work of the Building Department.

Required Minimum Qualifications
High school diploma or GED with advanced technical training; five years of experience in the supervision of building construction or design; bachelor’s degree in a related field preferred, or an equivalent combination of education and experience; Certified Building Commissioner required or able to obtain certification as a Building Inspector by the Massachusetts BBRS in accordance with the provisions of 780 CMR 11 0R7, within the state-prescribed time period. Construction Supervisor’s License-unrestricted required. Valid Massachusetts motor vehicle operator’s license with good driving record. Required to complete 45 hours of continuing education during three-year cycle to maintain certification as a Building Code Enforcement Official.

SALARY RANGE: $100,269 – $135,048 this is a Non-Union position with an excellent benefit package

TO APPLY: A city of Watertown application form is available at under the Document Center/Personnel. An application form with cover letter and resume is accepted by email:, fax 1-617-923-8195 or at the Personnel Department, 149 Main Street, Watertown, MA 02472.