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Job Specification 05048


BUILDING SUBCODE OFFICIAL

 

DEFINITION

 Under direction of the Construction Official, has the subordinate
 administrative responsibility for administering the building subcode
 of the State Uniform Construction Code within the concerned
 jurisdiction, and inspects and/or supervises the inspection of
 buildings in construction projects underway to ensure that compliance
 with plans and specifications approved in accord with State Uniform
 Construction Code is achieved; does other related duties.

 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:

 Reviews and approves plans of proposed structures as provided in the
 New Jersey Uniform Construction Code regulations for conformity with
 building and energy subcodes.

 Has charge of building inspection staff and activities concerned in
 the inspection of construction projects.

 Develops the inspection work program with effective and appropriate
 procedures, analyzes construction inspection problems, and establishes
 appropriate work methods.

 Has final responsibility in the inspection for building and energy
 subcode compliance of all new construction and renovation projects.

 Supervises the work operations and/or functional programs and has
 responsibility for effectively recommending the hiring, firing,
 promoting, demoting, and/or disciplining of employees.

 Gives appropriate assignments, instruction, and supervision to
 building inspectors and clerical employees.

 Inspects, evaluates, and supervises the inspection of construction 
 work in projects underway to ensure that all work installed conforms 
 to the requirements of the approved plans and the building and energy
 subcodes and the regulations of the New Jersey Uniform Construction
 Code.

 Supervises code compliance for building and energy subcodes of all
 construction and contractors to ensure that required standards are
 observed in accord with approved plans and specifications.

 Halts construction work by contractors when and if reasonable
 standards of workmanship, safety, and plans, specifications, and/or
 legal requirements are not being observed.

 Collects and records permit and other fees, issues permits, and
 verifies that required prior approvals have been obtained and is
 responsible for ensuring that these actions are in accord with the
 regulations for the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code.

 Establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships with
 architects, engineers, and construction personnel.

 Reviews construction to ensure that all materials, methods, and
 assemblies conform to the standards referenced by the code and
 manufacturers' installation directions as well as other matters not
 shown in a set of plans but required for conformity with the code.

 Issues site warnings, citations, and stop work orders in cases of
 serious violations of the adopted subcodes or regulations which might
 endanger the health, safety, and/or welfare of the public or building
 occupants.

 Prepares and supervises the preparation of recommendations regarding
 both temporary and final certificates of occupancy.

 Prepares and supervises the preparation of violation reports.

 Testifies in court and in administrative hearings.

 Prepares inspection reports showing the progress of work on each
 project relative to construction code compliance, weather conditions,
 and the percentage of the project completed.

 Prepares correspondence.

 Maintains and supervises the maintenance of records, reports, and
 files required to show the details of each project inspected.

 Establishes inspection schedules for building inspection staff and
 ensures that all buildings being constructed or renovated are
 inspected at critical points during the course of construction as
 provided for in regulations for the Uniform Construction Code.

 Identifies, inspects, and supervises the inspection of the placement
 of materials being incorporated in the construction and renovation of
 buildings located within the jurisdiction to ensure that they conform
 to the approved plans and that they meet the necessary performance
 standards established in the regulations for the Uniform Construction
 Code and subcode.

 Serves subpoenas and other legal process notices including notices of
 violations of the Uniform Construction Code and building subcode.

 Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic
 and/or manual recording and information systems used by the agency,
 office, or related units.

 REQUIREMENTS:

LICENSE:

 Applicants must possess a valid license as a Building Subcode
 Official issued by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.

 NOTE: Applicants must also posses a valid license 
 as a Building Inspector at the appropriate level, residential and 
 commercial (RCS), industrial and commercial (ICS), or high-rise and 
 hazardous (HHS),  depending on the class of structure, issued by the 
 New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.

 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: BY LICENSE: CATEGORY

 RCS License

 Knowledge of provisions of the Uniform Construction Code.

 Knowledge of procedures used in inspecting buildings to determine
 compliance with the law.

 Knowledge of effective means of obtaining and maintaining liaison
 between municipal authorities and private contractors.

 Knowledge of preparing building estimates in accord with current
 trends.

 Knowledge of structural design and analysis techniques necessary to
 check compliance with the Uniform Construction Code particularly with
 regard to wood framing, light steel, and wall bearing systems which
 include foundation, wall, floor, and roof framing systems.

 Knowledge of material standards, code, and enforcement requirements
 related to weatherability and durability of installed construction
 materials.

 Knowledge of fire protection requirements.

 Knowledge of inspection tools and test methods.

 Knowledge of the organization and content of the Uniform Construction
 Code.

 Knowledge of the preparation of violation notices and prescribed
 inspection record keeping.

 Knowledge of the classification of structures into class categories.

 Ability to analyze and interpret the Uniform Construction Code and
 other laws, rules, regulations, and policies applicable to building.

 Ability to carry out provisions of the Uniform Construction Code as
 they relate to residential and small commercial structures.

 Ability to prepare building construction plans and specifications and
 to review for accuracy and feasibility those prepared by others.

 Ability to give suitable assignments and instructions to individuals
 and groups, provide them with advice and assistance when difficult and
 unusual problems arise, and check their work to see that proper
 procedures are followed.

 Ability to work harmoniously with other municipal unit heads and with
 private contractors and architects.

 Ability to make thorough investigations and inspections.

 Ability to prepare clear, sound, accurate, and informative reports of
 inspections and investigations containing findings, conclusions, and
 recommendations.

 Ability to keep required records and files.

 Ability to prosecute violations of the building code by appearing in
 court.

 ICS License

 The knowledge and abilities for an RCS license plus the following:

 Knowledge of requirements of Uniform Construction Code for Class II
 construction including organization and content of building subcode.

 Knowledge of methods of systematic plans analysis.

 Knowledge of structural, architectural, mechanical, plumbing, fire
 protection, and electrical features of buildings which must be shown
 on plans to ensure compliance with the Uniform Construction Code.

 Knowledge of code requirements related to fire divisions in buildings.

 Knowledge of design analysis methods needed to ensure that structural
 and mechanical elements of buildings depicted on plans do in fact
 conform to code requirements.

 Knowledge of field and controlled inspection techniques necessary to
 ensure that the materials installed at construction site are of same
 strength and quality as assumed by the design calculations and that
 they are installed in the manner required to achieve and preserve that
 strength.

 Ability to carry out the provisions of the Uniform Construction Code
 as they related to residential and small commercial structures and to
 industrial and commercial structures.

 HHS License

 The knowledge and abilities for an RCS and ICS license plus the
 following:

 Knowledge of advanced structural systems including structural design
 and analysis techniques necessary to check compliance with the code
 for the heavily loaded and technically advanced systems which
 characterizes class I buildings.

 Knowledge of pile and other foundation systems used to bear very heavy
 loads.

 Knowledge of high-rise framing systems including wind load and seismic
 considerations.

 Knowledge of fire protection system requirements, standards, and
 design methods for exotic (nonwater) fire suppression system,
 compartimentation elevator, voice alarm, and other high-rise fire
 safety systems including material and installation standards and
 methods for ensuring compliance with those standards.

 Knowledge of the requirements for and the design principles involved
 in the various types of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning
 systems found in class I structures with particular emphasis on
 procedures ensuring adequacy of installation including fire protection
 requirements for such systems.

 Ability to carry out the provisions of the Uniform Construction Code
 as they relate to residential and small commercial structures,
 industrial and commercial structures, and to high- rise hazardous
 structures.

 RCS, ICS, and HHS LICENSE:S

 Knowledge of office procedures for inspectors including form and
 records used and purpose of each.

 Knowledge of methods of establishing proper review and approval of
 permit applications for compliance with the construction code and
 applicable laws and ordinances under the jurisdiction of related
 public agencies including application contents, use of procedure and
 information sheets for applicants, use of check lists for compliance
 with applicable ordinances, and processing of applications.

 Knowledge of legal aspects of code enforcement.

 Knowledge of the purpose and fundamentals of stop orders, notices of
 penalty, and court action.

 Knowledge of powers and procedures available to deal with hazardous
 conditions and emergency situations including emergency work orders
 and bids and quotations process.

 Knowledge of procedures for processing cases involving condemnations
 and other violations of the subcode from initiation through final
 compliance.

 Knowledge of preparation of case records.

 Knowledge of situations requiring a warrant and process of obtaining
 and issuing the warranty.

 Knowledge of the administrative hearing process under the State
 Construction Code Act.

 Knowledge of legal aspects of the operations of the enforcing agencies
 including legal processes and rules of evidence.

 Knowledge of legal responsibilities of inspection personnel.

 Knowledge of methods of appealing hearing decisions to court and legal
 basis of doing so.

 Knowledge of related legislation.

 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.

 CODES: LG - 05048               MCK            04/20/04

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