Code Enforcement Officer

Job summary:
An employee in this class performs zoning, housing, sign, nuisance, and related enforcement duties for codes and ordinances. Work involves interpreting, applying and explaining ordinances and codes to the public and working with owners to comply with the local rules and regulations. The employee performs field inspections, researches statutes and codes, reviews permits, zoning records, blueprints and site plans and initiates actions on violations as necessary.

The role includes issuing citations if necessary, to mitigate non-compliance; processing enforcement paperwork; and may require appearance in court cases. Work also includes CDBG and Home Consortium meetings and administration of grants. The employee is exposed to inside and outside environmental conditions, vicious animals, and irate citizens. Work is supervised by the Planning Director and is evaluated through conferences, review of assigned projects, and reactions of the public and property owners.

Essential functions:
• Makes on-site inspections of existing development for zoning compliance including landscaping, colors, screening, and related appearance issues; enforces sign ordinances; works with owners on remediation of non-compliance
• Enforces minimum housing ordinances and codes; conducts follow-up inspections for compliance
• Enforces junk vehicle, overgrown lots, and sign ordinances; coordinates with contractors for demolition of condemned houses, mowing and cleaning overgrown lots, and removal of non-compliant vehicles
• Assists with daily inquiries from the public on interpretation of zoning and land use questions; refers technical and precedent-setting questions to planners; receives complaints, investigates and enforces compliance
• Inspects and takes appropriate written actions with citizens with nuisance cars on property and overgrown lots
• Communicates with citizens via mail and electronic correspondence, telephone and in-person to clarify and address issues; follows up on actions taken and assures that citizens comply with local ordinances
• Investigates issues such as people removing trees, non-complying signs including political signs, noise complaints, and related issues
• Researches laws, regulations and issues utilizing electronic and other records
• Prepares CDBG and Home Consortium grant applications; attends meetings; ensures grant funds are spent consistent with grant requirements; negotiates easements with homeowners
• Attends Board of Adjustment meetings regarding appeals of zoning violations
• Issues registrations for signs and temporary storage; prepares zoning and variance notices
• Establishes and maintains records of work activities and follow-up actions
• Assists planners with a variety of duties and tasks
• Performs related duties as required

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
• Considerable knowledge of horticulture, plants, trees, and installation methods
• Codes Enforcement Officer
• Considerable knowledge of zoning, nuisance, sign and related codes and ordinances
• Working knowledge of principles and practices of zoning and other code enforcement functions
• Working knowledge of governmental laws, programs, and services related to the code enforcement processes and procedures
• Knowledge of the application of information technology to work tasks and of general office technology
• Knowledge of the principles and practices and applicable laws regarding planning, subdivisions, building permits, and development regulation
• Skill in collaborative conflict resolution and customer service excellence
• Ability to interpret and apply local ordinances, rules, and regulations accurately and consistently with everyone
• Ability to enforce codes and ordinances with tact and firmness
• Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written forms
• Ability to document and complete required records and reports

Physical requirements and education:
• Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of climbing, balancing, kneeling, reaching, standing, walking, lifting, fingering, grasping, talking, and hearing
• Must be able to perform medium work exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects
• Must possess the visual acuity to prepare and analyze data and figures, operate a computer terminal, operate a motor vehicle, perform field site inspections, and use measurement devices

• Hiring Range: $40,712 – $52,303
• Salary Range: $40,712 – $61,961
• Pay range includes supplemental $1/hour premium pay incentive. More information on premium pay will be provided to candidates during the interview process.