City of Ann Arbor
  • Building and Rental Housing Inspection
  • Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  • $26.86
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Development Services Inspector

Pay Rate Information:

This position is represented by the AFSCME union and starting pay is $26.86/hour. This position is eligible for step pay increases and potential progression increases. Please reference AFSCME's collective bargaining agreement located at:

Job progressions serve as a way for union employees to demonstrate additional technical competencies, knowledge and skills to enhance their benefit to the City.  The progression allows employees to enhance their job responsibilities and pay through demonstration of increased competencies.

Benefits offered with this position include:

  • Defined Benefit Pension, Plus an optional 457 Deferred Compensation plan
  • Retiree health reimbursement account
  • Very generous medical/dental/vision/pharmacy plans
  • Paid vacation, personal time, floating holiday, plus sick days. Unused vacation and sick time rolls over
  • Short-term and long-term disability, life, and AD&D insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • You can earn up to $500 annually by participating in our Wellness Incentive Programs. These dollars will be deposited into a health reimbursement account (HRA), which can be used toward eligible health care expenses
  • Tuition reimbursement $2500 (must be employed 1 year to be eligible)
  • Employee assistance program
  • Voluntary benefits like accident coverage, critical illness, LegalShield, and Identify Theft

Mission Statement

The City of Ann Arbor's mission is to deliver exceptional services that sustain and enhance a vibrant, safe and diverse community.

Role Summary

Performs inspections of residential and commercial improvements, repairs and construction, construction sites and rental housing for determining compliance with requirements of the applicable codes, ordinances, standards and regulations


Performs under general supervision of the Building & Rental Services Manager and may be responsible for the following duties:

Essential Duties

  • Performs inspections of new and existing building structures, electrical systems, plumbing and mechanical systems during the course of construction, alteration and repair
  • Inspects all existing rental properties and congregate residential facilities for compliance with the City's housing code and associated ordinances and standards
  • Inspects outdoor advertising
  • Performs soil erosion and sedimentation control inspections
  • Conducts code enforcement within technical discipline(s)
  • Prepares documentation and manages data related to inspection and enforcement activities
  • Coordinates and conducts investigations of complaints and enforcement of ordinances
  • Interprets and explains City codes and regulations

 Related Work

  • Examines plans and specifications to determine compliance with applicable codes, ordinances, standards and regulations; coordinates complex enforcement and compliance activities
  • Represents the City before various Boards of Appeal
  • Provides leadership to the inspection team
  • Provides technical demonstration of work and performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge of: (position requirements at entry and as determined by the job progression)

  • Pertinent federal, state, county and city laws, codes, ordinances, standards and regulations related to commercial and residential construction
  • Review and compliance procedures
  • Complaint investigation and appeals and associated legal procedures
  • Construction practices, techniques, plans and specifications
  • Construction code and housing ordinances applicable to residential and commercial construction and associated rules, regulations and standards
  • Pertinent federal, state, county and city laws, codes, ordinances, standards and regulations related to soil erosion and sedimentation control
  • Materials and methods used in structural, plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems for residential and commercial construction
  • Housing code requirements and other property maintenance codes and standards
  • Principles and practices of property maintenance, including care, repair, restoration and replacement of various building systems
  • Principles and practices of team facilitation, coaching and employee development, performance management and communication and customer relations
  • Computers and software applications used in business settings

Skills and Ability to: (position requirements at entry and as determined by the job progression)

  • Understand and interpret codes, construction plans, specifications and related terminology
  • Review construction plans and specify requirements for compliance with applicable codes and standards
  • Objectively interpret and consistently apply code requirements and related standards in accordance with City policies
  • Summarize data and information and produce required reports according to a specified standard
  • Coordinate tasks for Development Services work as assigned by the supervisor
  • Provide effective technical demonstration of work and guidance to the work of other team members at the direction of the supervisor
  • Effectively communicate team needs and the status of work being performed to the supervisor
  • Maintain non-partisan and respectful working relationships with diverse groups of people
  • Listen to understand the intended meaning of the message
  • Maintain effective, non-partisan working relationships with fellow employees and the public in the normal course of business, including difficult circumstances
  • Communicate concisely and accurately, both orally and in writing
  • Use computers and related software applications


Personal Computer, specified documentation and tracking system, cell phones and field communication equipment, testing instruments, measurement devices used in the course of inspections, field technology for inspection documentation, appropriate personal protective equipment and motor vehicle.

Training and Experience (position requirements at entry and as determined by the job progression)

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Four (4) years documented construction experience
  • Must complete CEU's for maintenance of Licenses and Certifications

Licensing Requirements (position requirements at entry and as determined by the attached job progression)

Act 54 registration  or (within 30 days of hire, must make application for ACT 54 registration to the State of Michigan) or

AACE or ICC Housing certification (within 6 months) & 4 years of documented construction experience or

Part 91 and Michigan Certified Storm Water Operator License construction site certification (within 6 months) & 4 years of documented construction experience

Valid Driver's License

Note: Specific technical discipline may be specified by management for each posting

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

The physical ability to climb/balance: climb stairs, ladders, inclines, uneven surfaces where balance is required; stoop, bend, kneel and crouch; stand and walk for extensive periods of time; reach, push, pull, lift, grasp, finger, feel, hear, see, talk and perform repetitive motions. The ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. The ability to safely maneuver in and around construction sites. The ability to traverse on rough, uneven terrain, as well as wet and slippery surfaces to access work areas. Work requires the ability to stand and walk for extended periods of time. The work may occasionally require the ability to move and lift objects weighing up to 20 pounds such as files, supplies, mail and equipment.

Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.

EEO: The City of Ann Arbor is proud of our diverse workforce and our commitment to equal opportunity.  We do not discriminate on the basis of a person's actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, condition of pregnancy, marital status, physical or mental limitation, height, weight, source of income, family responsibility, educational association, sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status in any aspect of our hiring or employment process. We have earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Municipal Equality Index (MEI), which assesses lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality in more than 500 cities across the nation.

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