CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
Under direction, performs varied types of field and office work
involved in seeing that residents, businesses, and citizens
comply with various municipal ordinances other than the State
Sanitary Code, State Uniform Construction Code or any of its
subcodes, or the State Uniform Fire Code; does other related
duties as required.
NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative
purposes only. A particular position using this title may not
perform all duties listed in this job specification. Conversely,
all duties performed on the job may not be listed.
EXAMPLES OF WORK:
Conducts field inspections and special investigations to ensure
compliance with various municipal ordinances.
Initiates and enforces rules and regulations in relation to
enforcement of various municipal ordinances.
Initiates necessary legal action against violators of various
Prepares needed reports.
Establishes and maintains needed records and files.
May assist in promulgation of municipal ordinances.
Attends meetings of municipal agencies as requested.
Appears and testifies in the municipal court or other appropriate
boards and agencies to obtain compliance with all laws and
Establishes a schedule of proposed systematic inspection of
all properties in the municipality, including interiors of businesses,
multifamily premises, schools and places of worship and assembly.
Submits monthly reports of inspections made including names and
addresses of owners, occupants, or lessees of premises, dates of
inspection, code violations found, if any, notices of violation
served, complaints filed with courts or agencies, and dates of
compliance or disposition of cases.
Coordinates inspections of occupancies requiring joint inspection
with other public agencies, such as the health department,
building department, police department, and other appropriate
bodies and agencies.
Attends public meetings when required of the Board of Adjustment,
Planning Board, and other appropriate boards and agencies.
Prepares periodic reports of inspections and investigations.
Establishes and maintains a complete and comprehensive
record system of inspections.
Inspects the interior and exterior of premises for safety hazards
and unsightly or unsanitary conditions, such as loose and
overhanging objects, accumulation of ice, excavations,
projections, obstructions, and so forth.
Inspects exterior porches, elevated patios, landings, balconies,
stairs, and fire escapes to see that they are in good condition.
Inspects the exterior of structures to see that they are
maintained in good repair and that they are free of broken
glass, loose shingles, peeling paint, or crumbling stone, brick,
Inspects signs and outdoor light poles and stanchions for
Receives and responds to complaints of alleged violations
of local zoning code.
Conducts inspections of such sites, writes initial complaints
and may refer matters to zoning officer.
Advises owners or other persons of violations to the zoning code.
Receives complaints and inspects business premises for display
of proper license, checks license to see that it is valid, and if no
license is displayed or license validation has expired, issues a
written notice of violation.
In response to complaints, inspects sites where garbage, refuse,
and/or debris have accumulated and orders such matters abated,
or issues notices of violation of local code pertaining to same.
Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or
manual recording and computerized information systems used by
the agency, office, or related units.
One (1) year of experience in conducting inspections or investigations
to detect violations of and ensure compliance with laws, rules, and
Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid in
New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee
mobility, is necessary to perform essential duties of the position.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of provisions of the municipal rules, regulations,
policies, procedures, and ordinances.
Knowledge of problems involved in organizing work and developing
effective work methods both in the field and in the office.
Knowledge of procedures to be followed and precautions to be
taken when observing and collecting facts which are significant
in determining whether laws are being observed.
Knowledge of inspection techniques and the writing of reports
that substantiate findings and serve as a basis for legal
Ability to analyze, comprehend, and interpret municipal rules,
regulations, policies, procedures, and ordinances, and apply
them to specific cases.
Ability to note significant conditions and to take proper action,
when action is called for, in accordance with prescribed
Ability to make accurate observations and record conditions,
and abstract, and note those things which are significant.
Ability to make necessary inspections and investigations
without giving unnecessary offense.
Ability to take and maintain a firm, correct stand when
controversial matters are considered.
Ability to prepare clear, sound, accurate, and informative
reports containing findings, conclusions, and recommendations.
Ability to establish and maintain needed records and files.
Ability to make evaluative judgments based on the application
of statutory or regulatory provisions.
Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or
manual recording and information systems used by the
agency, office, or related units.
Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate
in English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.
American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered
as acceptable forms of communication.
Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as
long as they can perform the essential functions of the job after
reasonable accommodation is made to their known limitations.
If the accommodation cannot be made because it would cause
the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.
This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
This job specification is for local government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.