City of Boston

Chief Building Inspector

Posted Date 4 months ago(9/19/2022 11:07 AM)
Req ID
Inspectional Services Dept
Regular Full-Time
Isd Building&Structures
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This is a provisional appointment.

Brief Job Description (essential functions of the job):

Under general direction, performs preliminary review and assists in the review of building applications to ensure compliance with Mass. building code, Boston zoning ordinance, and other laws, regulations and ordinances.


  • Responds to inquiries from the public concerning the building permitting process and the application of the same laws, codes, and ordinances as above. 
  • Assists Associate Inspection Engineers, Building Inspectors and Assistant Commissioner in processing permit applications and appeals and in review of building plans and applications relative to any applicable federal, state or local standards or restrictions. 
  • Assists in troubleshooting issues and dealing with inquiries from the public and various local and state agencies.
  • Conducts research and records searches relative to customer inquiry and building and zoning issues. 
  • Performs related work as required.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

Applicants meeting the minimum entrance qualifications will be considered for this position. 

  • Must have at least five (5) years of experience in the construction of building construction or design or the alternative of a two (2) year Associates degree in a field related to construction.
  • At least four (4) years of management experience in construction or building inspection is required. 
  • A BS in engineering or architecture or related field is preferred and may be substituted for two (2) years of the experience.
  • Experience in plans review and familiarity and experience with the Boston zoning ordinance is preferred.
  • Familiarity with the Hansen software system preferred. Experience in structural inspections preferred.
  • A thorough knowledge of the various types of building construction and of building materials and the methods of incorporating such materials in building construction.
  • A working knowledge of building practices in the alteration and construction fields, and of the principles of building construction so as to determine the structural safety of a building or structure.
  • Knowledge of sheet metal requirements; of the state building code and/or as amended with respect to building and structures; of the Boston zoning ordinances; and of the state, federal, and local standards and restrictions applicable to building plans and applications.
  • Must be able to read and interpret building plans, drawings and specifications; and to review building applications in order to ensure they comply with applicable laws, ordinances and regulations. 
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word for Windows and Excel is preferred. 
  • Bilingual preferred (Spanish, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole, Chinese and Vietnamese).
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.


Certification as a Massachusetts Building Official is required within twelve (12) months of hire per 780CMR. Extensions may be petitioned by the hiree to the Building Official Certification Committee (BOCC). Failure to meet the requirement will result in termination.


A valid Massachusetts Driver's license preferred.


CORI check required.


Boston Residency Required.



Union/Salary Plan/Grade: AFSCME/RA-20A

Hours per week: 35



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