BUILDING SUBCODE OFFICIAL
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
Knowledge of fire protection requirements.
Knowledge of inspection tools and test methods.
Knowledge of the organization and content of the Uniform Construction
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
Ability to keep required records and files.
Ability to prosecute violations of the building code by appearing in
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
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.
The knowledge and abilities for an RCS and ICS license plus the
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
Knowledge of high-rise framing systems including wind load and seismic
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
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
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
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
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
This job specification is for local government use only.