City of Ann Arbor
  • Planning and Development
  • Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  • $79,000 to $90,000
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Deputy Building Official

Salary Range = $79,000 to $90,000


The City of Ann Arbor  benefits:

  • Defined benefit pension plan
  • 401a with City match - Optional 457 Deferred Compensation plan
  • Reciprocal Pension Credit, available for pension-qualified applicants
  • 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 of $5000 after 1 year of employment
  • Employee assistance program
  • Voluntary benefits like accident coverage, critical illness, LegalShield, and Identify Theft

Role Summary:

Assists Building Official and the Building and Rental Services Manager with directing, planning, organizing and coordinating daily activities relative to the construction code enforcement, construction inspection and plan review within Building and Rental Housing Services. Assumes Building Official role in their absence. Work requires substantial public contact and exercise of considerable judgment, tact and firmness when consulting with construction professionals and general public. Responsible for following applicable city ordinances, state and federal laws.


Duties are performed under the direct supervision of the Planning and Development Manager or designee and may include the following:

Essential Duties:

  • Assume the role and duties of Building Official in their absence
  • Supervise, manage and oversee development of Inspection staff
  • Oversee the daily operations of the Building and Rental Program, including metrics, policies and procedures
  • Assist with construction code enforcement and resolution of construction code compliance and permit issuance problems
  • Effectively work with internal cross functional service areas and units
  • Successfully communicate and work with external community groups
  • Review new and existing plans and applications
  • Assist in authorizing violation tickets, condemnations, and vacate orders
  • Assist in solving/mediating problems among Inspection staff and Public
  • Responsible for regular unit performance reports submission to CSA Management
  • Assist in authorizing stop work orders in accordance with applicable codes
  • Provides professional testimony in legal matters when necessary
  • Provide interpretation of applicable ordinances and codes as necessary
  • Share the responsibility of responding to emergencies, including after-hours responses to emergency contacts from various City service when necessary
  • Responsible for technical resource and attending monthly Appeal Boards

Knowledge of: (position requirements at entry)

  • Construction Code and Housing Ordinances applicable to commercial and residential construction and associated rules, regulations, and standards including pertinent federal, state and county laws and regulations
  • State Building, Plumbing, Mechanical and Electrical Codes and related laws, ordinances and standards, principles and practices of state-of the-art design, engineering and construction techniques and related scheduling and permitting sequences involved in building development projects
  • Experience and knowledge of Plan Review standards
  • Best practices of personnel management and supervision
  • Outstanding customer service principles and practices
  • Computers and software applications used in business settings (e.g. word processing, spreadsheets), including workflow management software systems 

Skills and Ability to: (position requirements at entry)

  • Effectively review construction documents for compliance with relevant codes and identify any compliance issues, and provide effective communication to builders and owners regarding such issues
  • Inspect construction activity in progress and determine compliance with relevant codes
  • Understand, interpret and effectively communicate with others concerning building codes, construction plans and specifications
  • Objectively interpret and consistently apply code requirements and related standards in accordance with City policies
  • Read and interpret zoning maps, quarter-section maps, plat maps, land use maps, single line maps, aerial maps, blueprints and engineering plans
  • Provide effective customer service for internal and external customers
  • Answer technical and complex questions involving code interpretation and provide effective written responses
  • Analyze complex situations, develop alternative solutions and make recommendations
  • Organize people, information and materials
  • Provide both oral and written communication that is easily understood and direct in its content
  • Critically analyze operations, and collaboratively design and institute improvements without disruption of existing operations
  • Establish and maintain effective, respectful, and productive working relationships
  • Negotiate effective and appropriate solutions to difficult conflicts
  • Listen effectively
  • Set appropriate priorities while coordinating multiple projects and meeting critical deadlines



The following items may be necessary, such as Light meters, Levels, Computer, Microsoft Office applications, workflow planning and development software and miscellaneous office equipment, a motor vehicle and other equipment as necessary to perform duties. 

Education, Training and Experience: (position requirements at entry)


  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent
  • Experience required to immediately qualify as a Building Official and a Plan Reviewer under Act No. 54 of the Public Acts of 1986 or ACT 407 of 2016 of the State of Michigan
  • Experience in construction administration, including inspections and construction code enforcement: at least four years
  • At least 2 years of experience supervising others


  • Bachelor's degree (in Construction, Construction Management or related field)
  • Licensed Architect or Engineer under the provisions of Act No. 299 of the Public Acts of 1980 of the State of Michigan
  • Experience supervising unionized employees
  • Experience in commercial construction

Licensing Requirements: (position requirements at entry)

  • Valid Michigan driver's license
  • Must register with the State of Michigan within 30 days of employment and have registration immediately approved, or be currently registered with the State as a Building Official and as a Plan Reviewer or Building Inspector
  • Must retain registration with the State as a Building Official and as either a Plan Reviewer or Building Inspector throughout employment with City

Physical Requirements:

Reaching, lifting, pushing, pulling, grasping, climbing, standing, walking, driving, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

Ability to safely maneuver in and around construction sites, scaffolding, bracing or other unfinished construction elements. The incumbent may be expected to walk on rough, uneven terrain, as well as wet and slippery surfaces.

Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle as incumbent will be subject to local travel. While in the office, the ability to move and lift objects up to 30 pounds such as plan sets, mail, supplies and files and the ability to remain in a sitting position for extended periods of time. Ability to operate office equipment requiring continuous or repetitive hand/arm movements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that may 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

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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