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Code Compliance Official (Building, Plumbing, Electrical, & Mechanical)

at New Hanover County

Posted: 9/24/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 1833098

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Essential Duties

New Hanover County is seeking experienced Code Compliance Officials to fill multiple openings in the Building Safety department.  Code Compliance Officials are responsible for enforcing codes and regulations for commercial and residential construction projects.  Duties include conducting inspections to ascertain compliance with codes, inspecting blueprints and schematics, reviewing contractor licenses, and interpreting appropriate construction ordinances, communicating with owners, contractors, and design professionals concerning code issues, interacting with the public to answer questions, completing written reports of inspections, investigating reports of non-compliance, and performing appraisals of damages resulting from natural disasters. 

New Hanover County's Building Safety Department is comprised of a team of dedicated professionals who stay committed to the County's goal of intelligent growth and economic development by providing development services and code compliance.  The Inspections division completes over 40,000 inspections per year.  Our approach focuses on compliance, rather than enforcement, in an effort to remain effective, efficient, consistent, responsive and easy to do business with as we strive to assist New Hanover County be viewed as the model of good governance.  The ideal candidate for this position will have knowledge and experience with North Carolina codes, excellent written and oral communication skills, computer skills and excellent interpersonal skills.

New Hanover County strives to hire the best and the brightest employees who are committed to public service.  Our employees enjoy an innovative, energetic and employee-focused work environment with top down support that embraces bottom up ideas and engagement.  Our talented team of professionals have a passion for providing care and services that effect change on the everyday lives of the citizens they encounter.  Our shared values of professionalism, innovation, integrity, stewardship and accountability guide the way we conduct ourselves and deliver services to our customers.  If this sounds like an organization that models the values you uphold, we invite you to come and be a part of the exciting, healthy and progressive team at New Hanover County.

Minimum Qualifications

Must qualify for Level II or Level III NC Standard or Probationary Code Enforcement Official certification in the area of Mechanical, Building, Plumbing, and/or Electrical.  Must have good driving record and own transportation.

Applicants selected with Probationary level certifications must obtain Standard level certifications within 2 years of employment.  


  • Standard or probationary Level II or III NC Code Enforcement Official certification in the area of Mechanical, Building, Plumbing, and/or Electrical.
  • NC Driver's License

Other Information

Hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays,  Must be available to work during emergency situations.

Minimum starting salary commensurate with training/experience and qualifications within the salary range.  The salary range for a Level II certification is $39,224 - $64,614.  The salary range for a Level III certification is $40,479 - $64,614.

Effective July 1, 2018 the salary range for a Level II certification is $39,812 - $65,583.  The salary range for a Level III certification is $41,086 - $65,583

New Hanover County is located on the North Carolina coast with a population of more than 210,000. At fewer than 200 square miles, New Hanover is the 2nd smallest of the 100 North Carolina counties, but one of the most densely populated. In addition to being a great place to live, New Hanover County is a great place in which to do business. Tourism, film production, healthcare, military service and retail sectors are the engines that power our economy. New Hanover County is committed to progressive public policy, superior service, courteous contact, judicious exercise of authority, and sound fiscal management to meet the needs and concerns of our citizens today and tomorrow. 

To serve the citizens of this progressive regional urban center, the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners adopted a county-wide strategic plan, where its backdrop is framed by these vision and mission statements as well as a set of shared values that govern how the Board and County staff make decisions. These shared values are professionalism, integrity, innovation, stewardship, and accountability and we hold them in the highest regard.  These are not just buzz words that we write on a poster or stamp on a coffee cup; they are the values that shape each decision we make as public servants and we are committed to hire employees who embrace these same values and seek to work by their direction.