City of West Des Moines Building Inspector I in West Des Moines, Iowa

Building Inspector I

  • Type:Full Time

  • Salary/Pay Rate:$50,294 - $70,411

  • Posted Date:08/30/2018 9:40 AM

  • Deadline to Apply:09/28/2018

    Job Details



Development Services


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Civil Service Status

This is a Civil Service position

Regular Hours

Monday - Friday; 8:00am - 5:00pm

Overtime and Weekend Work as required, but not typical

Tentative Start Date

November, 2018

Job Summary & Requirements

Under the general direction of the Chief Building Official, provides inspections and enforcement of all building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical and/or Fire Codes adopted by the City of West Des Moines for, commercial, residential construction, and rental housing. Provides plan reviews for the above codes, addresses questions and concerns from architects, general contractors, sub-contractors and homeowners concerning code issues. Advises the public on acceptable, proven corrections to problems found in the field, and seeks compliance with the intent and purpose of model code standards.

The primary focus of this position will be inspection of existing rental housing, and will not include new construction inspection for the immediate future.

Requires a High School Diploma or equivalent; 2-3 years of additional schooling; 3-5 years of related work experience; and possession of a valid Iowa Driver’s License or evidence of equivalent mobility.

Certified Building Inspector or similar certification required within 12 months of employment.

Physical/Drug Test

Post offer, pre-employment drug test required.

Steps to Apply

Steps to Apply:


  1. Profile: You MUST complete an online profile. This includes ALL sections of the profile. A link is provided below for the Online Application System.

  2. Attachments: You must attach the following documents to your profile under the "My Attachments" section:

a) Resume

b) Cover Letter

c) Supplemental Questionnaire (Link provided below)

  1. Applying for Position: Once you have completed your profile, you MUST then apply for the position (The link to Apply is located on the right side of the main menu. An email will be sent confirming you have applied. It will also be displayed in the "My Application History" section).

Click to open: Supplemental Questionnaire

All steps MUST be completed before the posted deadline to be considered for this position. If you have any questions during the application process, please contact Human Resources at 515-222-3616.

Civil Service Exam

Applicants that submit all of the required application materials, meet the minimum requirements, and pass the supplemental questionnaire will be invited to the Oral Boards. Qualified candidates will be notified of their interview date and time via e-mail.

To be considered for placement on the certified list, applicants must successfully complete each step of the examination process.

Deadline to Apply

Friday, September 28, 2018 by 11:59 PM

Apply Here!

City of West Des Moines Online Application System

Application Materials & Related Documents

Full Job Descriptions

You will need to complete an online profile and apply for this position online. There are Instruction Sheets under the Employment section of our City website as well as a number of topics in our FAQ section. If after reviewing these help guides you still need additional help, please visit or contact Human Resources 515-222-3616.

If you are currently employed with or you have been employed with the City since July 2009 (in any capacity), do NOT create a new profile. Contact Human Resources at 515-222-3616 for instructions on how to log in.

If you have applied for a position with the City of West Des Moines since July 2009, please refer to the instruction sheets listed above.

Contact Information


Human Resources, 2nd floor

4200 Mills Civic Parkway

PO Box 65320

West Des Moines, IA 50265-0320

515-222-3616 (phone)

515-273-0601 (fax)