Building Code Inspector - 3348

Career Purpose

Performs a variety of routine and complex technical inspections in buildings and on building sites. Works to ensure that the ICC International Building Codes, Lawton City Code, and other related codes and standards are met.


  • Enforces building related codes including the ICC Building Code, IRC One and Two Family Dwelling Code, ICC Existing Property Code, and local codes such as nuisance, clearing, grading, filling, and zoning; issues correction notices and citations.
  • Performs on-site inspections of footings, foundations, framing, building finals, landscaping, parking lots, fencing and other similar items.
  • Examines general framing and structure of buildings to insure that corners are tied in place,  trusses are tied down and set at proper distances; floor joists are set at right distances and proper spans, and that bridging is put up and in place, and that the general quality and grade of lumber used in construction is standard.
  • Maintains records of building and inspection activity and completes related reports; issues certificates and permits as appropriate.
  • Assists in researching problems and complaints regarding commercial and residential buildings, building construction and code compliance. Responds to complex and sensitive building issues.
  • Assists in resolving complex and sensitive customer service issues, personally, by telephone, and in writing; maintains records and documents of customer service issues and resolutions.
  • Assists in administering the permitting function, including application processing, fee assessment and collection, and permit issuance.
  • Explains, interprets, and provides guidance regarding all applicable codes within area of responsibility to architects, engineers, contractors, developers, and other interested parties.
  • Assists the Building Development Board of Appeals as needed by providing required information.
  • Performs the duties of a Building Plans Examiner, Mechanical Inspector, Plumbing Inspector, or Electrical Inspector as needed if qualified.
  • Able to react to change productively and handle other tasks as assigned.


To perform this job satisfactorily, the individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Graduation from a standard high school or GED equivalency, with at least five (5) years experience as a contractor / journeyman, engineer, architect, or as a superintendent, foreman or competent mechanic in charge of construction, in conjunction with three (3) years education at an accredited technical center.  
  • Thorough knowledge of ICC building and general construction codes; considerable knowledge of carpentry work and cement work.
  • Skill in applying knowledge of ICC national building codes, Lawton City Code, zoning and land use applications.
  • Skill in the use and operation of the following tools and equipment: Personal computer, including word processing and permitting software; motor vehicle; phone; ladder or scaffolding; tape measure.
  • Ability to work well with the public and with local contractors.
  • Ability to read and understand complicated plans and blueprints; ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.


  • A valid driver’s license.
  • International Code Council residential and commercial building inspector certification and State of Oklahoma unlimited building inspectors license or both must be obtained within twenty (24) months from date of employment.


The physical demands described here 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.

  • Work is performed both in office settings and outdoors. The outdoor work is required in the inspection of various land use developments and construction sites. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and other pieces of equipment.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, feel, or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear.
  • The employee must 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 work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing 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 routinely works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, or airborne particles.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet in the office, and moderate to loud in the field.


Work is normally performed under the direction of the Chief Building Official who makes assignments by defining objectives, priorities, and deadlines; and assists the employee with unusual situations which do not have clear precedents. The employee plans and carries out successive steps and resolves problems and deviations in accordance with instructions, policies and accepted practice. Work is reviewed for technical conformance and consistence with practice and policy.


First Application Review:

The first application review date will commence on July 2, 2021.  All application submitted after that date will be placed in a separate folder awaiting the outcome of the initial review.  Should none of the original applicants be selected, the second set will be available for review.


Safety Sensitive:

This position is a “safety sensitive” position as defined by the US DOT drug and alcohol testing regulations, the Oklahoma Standards for Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Act and/or Oklahoma Medical Marijuana laws. The “safety sensitive” positions in the following categories may be subject to periodic random drug testing pursuant to City of Lawton Administrative Policy 3-02: Drug & Alcohol Free Workplace. Marijuana is one of the substances included in the drug panel screening. Possession of a medical marijuana license will not excuse you from the testing process, or the consequences of testing positive for marijuana. The categories listed are inclusive of City of Lawton jobs only.

  1. Police Officers or Peace Officers;
  2. Employees authorized to carry firearms;
  3. Employees with drug interdiction responsibilities;
  4. Employees that work in direct contact with inmates;
  5. Employees engaged in activities which directly affect the safety of others.



The duties listed in this description are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job 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.  


As an employee with the City of Lawton, you will receive various benefits in addition to your base salary.  Some of those benefits are:

  • Paid Vacation Yearly (after 6 months of employment)
  • 12 or 13 Paid Holidays (7 or 8 hard holidays and 5 flex days)
  • 96 hours of sick leave per year
  • Partial premium payment for Health Insurance through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma
  • Health Saving Account (HSA) is available
  • Medical Flexible Spending Accounts available
  • Dental Insurance coverage through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma is available
  • Vision Insurance coverage through Blue Cross Blue Shield utilizing the EYEMED network is available
  • Life Insurance and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance provided
  • Many other Employee paid optional supplemental benefits
  • Retirement through Oklahoma Municipal Retirement Fund (OkMRF)
    • 3.5% Employee Defined Contribution Plan - 3.5% City match
    • 7 years 100% vested
  • Voluntary 457 Plans available through ICMA Retirement Corporation or Nationwide

Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of Lawton affords equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability status or genetic information. Persons selected for employment into any position must pass a drug test. Some positions may require passing an alcohol test. Previous employment and any additional experience will be subject to verification prior to employment processing. A driver’s license and driving record check will be conducted if driving is a job requirement. A post offer employment medical examination may be conducted prior to job placement.

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Closing Date
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$1,378.40 Bi-weekly
Hiring Organization
Inspection Services

How To Apply ?

Application Instructions

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