PLUMBING SUBCODE OFFICIAL
Under direction of the Construction Official, has the subordinate
administrative responsibility for administering the plumbing subcode
of the State Uniform Construction Code within the concerned
jurisdiction, and inspects and/or supervises the inspection of
plumbing work in construction projects underway to ensure that
compliance with plans and specifications approved in accord with the
State Uniform Construction Code is achieved; does related work as
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 State
Uniform Construction Code regulations for conformity with plumbing and
Has charge of plumbing inspection staff and activities concerned in
the inspection of construction projects.
Develops the inspection work program with effective and appropriate
procedures, analyses construction inspection problems, and establishes
appropriate work methods.
Has final responsibility in the inspection for plumbing and energy
subcode compliance of all new construction and renovation projects.
Plans, organizes, and assigns the work of the organizational unit and
evaluates employee performance and conduct, enabling the effective
recommendation of the hiring, firing, promoting, and disciplining of
Provides appropriate assignments, instruction, and supervision to
plumbing inspectors and clerical employees.
Inspects and evaluates plumbing work in construction projects underway
to ensure that all work installed conforms to the requirements of the
approved plans and the plumbing and energy subcodes, and the
regulations of the State Uniform Construction Code.
Inspects plumbing installations in existing buildings to ensure that
installations meet the minimum health and safety standards
incorporated in the regulations for the State Uniform Construction
Code and relevant sanitary and public health laws.
Responsibility for supervising the code compliance for plumbing and
energy subcode of all construction and contractors to ensure that
required standards are observed in accord with approved plans and
Takes the initiative in halting 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
regulations for the State Uniform Construction Code.
Responsible for establishing and maintaining cooperative working
relationships with architects, engineers, and construction
Reviews construction to ensure that all materials, methods, and
assemblies conform to 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 onsite warning, citations, and stop work orders in cases of
serious violations of the plumbing or energy subcode which might
endanger the health, safety, and/or welfare of the public or building
Prepares recommendations regarding both temporary and final
certificates of occupancy.
Prepares violations 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 the records, reports, and
files required to show the details of each project inspected.
Establishes inspection schedules for plumbing 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 State Uniform Construction Code.
Identifies and inspects all materials being incorporated in the
plumbing 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 State Uniform Construction Code and the adopted
Serves subpoenas and other legal process notices including notices of
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.
Applicants must possess a valid license as a Plumbing
Subcode Official issued by the New Jersey Department of Community
NOTE: Applicants must also possess a valid license as a Plumbing
Inspector at the appropriate level, 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 the essential duties of
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of problems and procedures involved in plumbing inspection
work involved in the enforcement of relevant public health laws and,
as far as practical, of the broad field of public health.
Knowledge of design and analysis techniques needed to ensure
compliance of inbuilding water drainage systems with requirements of
Knowledge of plumbing installation testing methods required to be
employed by the code and proper application.
Knowledge of methods of construction, location, and operation of
onsite sewage disposal systems, small sewage disposal plants, and
private water supply systems.
Knowledge of organization, content, and regulations of the State
Uniform Construction Code.
Knowledge of organization and content of the plumbing subcode.
Knowledge of basic classification of structures into class types.
Knowledge of plumbing subcode's background, purpose, history,
and place in local government, and relation to construction code
enforcement programs at other levels of government.
Knowledge of plan reading sufficient to permit an understanding of the
process and to perform the duties of the position.
Knowledge of material standards in the code and methods by which
those standards are developed.
Knowledge of installation methods and practices required to ensure
that all approved materials including joints, conductors, traps, and
cleanouts and structural support requirements are installed properly.
Knowledge of plumbing fitting and fixture requirements.
Knowledge of basic inspection report writing including the preparation
of violation notices and required record keeping.
The knowledge and abilities for an ICS license plus knowledge of
plumbing system design component which will ensure the technical
competence necessary to check the systems design and installation
for the large and complex systems which characterize class I buildings
including pumps, pressure tanks, and other such plumbing installation
ICS and HHS License:
Knowledge of office procedures for inspectors including forms 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 regulations including application contents, use
of procedure and information sheets for applicants, use of check lists
for compliance with applicable ordinances, and processing of
Knowledge of legal aspects of code enforcement.
Knowledge of 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,
bids, and quotations process.
Knowledge of procedures for processing cases involving condemnations
and other violations of the subcode from initiation through final
Knowledge of the preparation of case records.
Knowledge of situations requiring a warrant, and of the process of
obtaining and issuing the warrant.
Knowledge of the administrative hearing process under the State
Uniform Construction Code Act
Knowledge of legal aspects of the operations of enforcing agencies
including legal processes and rules of evidence.
Knowledge of legal responsibilities of inspection personnel.
Knowledge of methods of appealing hearing decisions to the court,
and of the legal basis of doing so.
Knowledge of related legislation.
Ability to interpret the State Uniform Construction Code and
applicable New Jersey Health Law and Code and apply them
to specific cases.
Ability to ensure that all fittings and fixtures installed conform to
the requirement of the State Uniform Construction Code.
Ability to analyze plumbing inspection problems.
Ability to organize assigned supervisory and other work and develop
effective work methods.
Ability to develop a suitable work program and working procedures
for a group of plumbing inspectors.
Ability to provide assignments and instruction to assigned employees.
Ability to work harmoniously with concerned persons.
Ability to establish and maintain proper relationships with business
proprietors, contractors, housekeepers, and others interested and/or
concerned with the maintenance of public health standards.
Ability to take a firm and correct stand when needed.
Ability to prepare reports.
Ability to act as a convincing witness in court and to supervise the
establishment and maintenance of essential records and files.
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.
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.