Inspectional Services Department (ISD)

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Statement of Duties:

The City of Somerville is in search of a Local Building Inspector in the Inspectional Services Department. Under the supervision of a supervisory employee of higher grade who reviews work, rules and regulations; inspects ongoing and completed construction to determine compliance with the Massachusetts' State Building Code and any other applicable State or City statutes, rules and regulations, ordinances and/or by-laws; approves or disapproves plans for the construction, reconstruction, alteration or repair of buildings or structures.  Makes field inspections to determine the safety and stability of existing structures and buildings; approves and issues building permits; issues certificate of use and occupancy; responds to complaints and problems regarding building code violations; inspects fire-damaged buildings; investigates and prepares the Inspectional  Services Division's position for presentation to the court concerning the violations of the building code, zoning ordinances and other related rules and regulations; makes reports and keeps records of inspections and investigations.  Performs other related duties as required.



In accordance with MGL Chapter 143, must have at least five (5) years of experience in the supervision of building construction or design or, in the alternative, a two (2) year associate degree in a field relating to building construction or design or any combination of education and experience which would confer equivalent knowledge and ability.


State certification as a Local Building Inspector preferred; or must possess advanced qualifications to be certified by the BBRS, in accordance with the provisions of 780 CMR R7, within 18 months of appointment.


Experience reading, interpreting and applying the Massachusetts state building codes 780 CMR; working diagrams, plans and specifications for building structures; standard references and charts for checking specifications and code standards and tables and charts.

 Ability to acquire a general knowledge of the provisions of the local and state zoning ordinances.  Able to perform basic mathematics (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).

Must possess a current valid Massachusetts Class D Driver’s license and have access to a motor vehicle in working condition during all working hours.

 Bi-lingual ability and experience with electronic permitting software preferred.

Must be computer literate, with good communication and writing skills.  Proven ability using Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

Ability to work with the public enforcing and interpreting regulations and ordinances in a firm, tactful, and impartial manner.


The work environment involves inside and outside activities, in all weather conditions including wet, hot and cold, and exposure to fumes, dust and air contaminants


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 position’s essential functions.


Physical Skills

Position requires standing/walking up to 4-5 hours per day, driving 2-3 hours per day, climbing, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, crouching and stooping in the performance of daily activities.  The position requires near and far vision and acute hearing, the ability to stand for long periods of time, navigate rough terrain and move in or about construction sites, and walk up and down stairs. The ability to lift up to 20 pounds occasionally is also required.   


Motor Skills

While performing the duties, employees are regularly required to use written and oral communication skills. The position may also require balancing, pushing, pulling, grasping and feeling to complete tasks.


Visual Skills

Close visual acuity is required for constant reading of documents for general understanding and analytical purposes and viewing computer screens. Visual acuity is also required for general observations of facilities and structures.

Application Procedure: 

This position will remain open until filled. Send your resume and cover letter to:

City Hall Personnel Office
93 Highland Avenue
Somerville MA 02143
Fax: 617-666-4426
TTY: 1-866-808-4851
Email: [email protected]

City of Somerville residents are especially encouraged to apply.

The City of Somerville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability or any other protected category. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative formats, and reasonable modifications in policies and procedures will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities free of charge, upon request.

Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Nency Salamoun, at 617-625-6600 x2323 or [email protected].

Full Time
$56,800.64 per year plus benefits
Application Start Date: 
Tuesday, November 20, 2018