City of Astoria
  • 19-Mar-2021 to Until Filled (PST)
  • Community Development
  • Astoria, OR, USA
  • 68,719-83,529 DOE
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Full Benefits: Health, Vision, Dental, PERS Retirement, Life, LTD, AD&D, Vacation, Personal, Sick Leave & Holiday Pay


The City of Astoria is located in the northwestern corner of Oregon at the mouth of the Columbia River, within a few miles of Pacific Ocean beaches, with a population of nearly 10,000. As the oldest American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains, Astoria has a rich history. Surrounded by water on three sides by the Columbia, Youngs, and Lewis & Clark River, the steep hillsides of Astoria exhibit beautiful Victorian and Craftsman homes. River, bay and forested views abound. Art galleries, restaurants, microbreweries, eclectic shops and the restored 1920's Liberty Theater reflect a revitalized, vibrant downtown. Family oriented attractions and recreational activities are plentiful; a five mile river walk, hiking trails, aquatic center, numerous parks, boat moorages, the Columbia River Maritime Museum, the Astoria Riverfront Trolley and the Astoria Column are all within city limits.


The Community Development Department has a broad array of responsibilities including economic development, land use planning, zoning administration, building inspection, and historic preservation. The Development has repeatedly earned national recognition for innovative planning and development projects that utilize state and federal grant funds for community improvement. Among them are the redevelopment of a former brownfield site (now home to a desirable waterfront residential community), redevelopment of the former city landfill (now home to the new high school football stadium), and railbanking of the former Burlington Northern Railroad right-of-way (now featuring miles of well-loved riverfront trail and park facilities).


The Building Official is responsible for the day to day operations related to the administration and enforcement of the City's building and construction codes. Responsibilities include assisting the work of professional, technical and clerical staff engaged in building permits administration, building inspection, and other related activities. The position is responsible for managing and coordinating the Building division permit, plan review and inspection activities. The Building Official acts as the lead in providing interpretations on the application of code provisions related to alternate materials, design and methods. Provision of excellent customer service, education of customers about the value of building code compliance is necessary. Performs Code enforcement functions including but not limited to: general City Code and Building Code enforcement, i.e., illegal construction and nuisance abatement. Prepares reports relative to City Code enforcement activities, issuing citations as necessary, taking appropriate abatement actions, including representation of the City in Municipal Court.


  • Inspects projects in the field and ensures work is completed according to approved building permits. Coordinates other inspections such as electrical, plumbing, and mechanical inspections (if served by Clatsop County or if beyond the Building Official's certification). Documents inspections in a timely manner and maintains various records. Prepares reports as required. Manages the Oregon State E-Permitting Program, and other assigned databases.
  • Examines and reviews building permits for Code compliance (based upon level of Building Official certifications) and ensures approvals are completed in a proper sequence. Determines value of structures for permits and calculates fees. Coordinates permit issuance with other departments.
  • Enforces the International Building Code, International Mechanical Code, Oregon State Energy Code, Uniform Fire Code, Zoning Code, Municipal Code, and other adopted codes and ordinances in a fair and equitable manner. Proactively resolves potential violations through a solution-oriented and customer-focused approach by assisting property owners, developers, and others in gaining compliance with City Codes and ordinances. Maintains Code enforcement records and makes reports, as required, either verbally or in writing. When required prepares and serves citations for Code infractions. Appears in court to testify on code violations and related matters.


Ability to perform essential job duties with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to safety or health of employee or others. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  1. Graduation from an accredited college with an Associate's Degree in Building Inspection Technology and four years of experience in construction or building inspection, or any combination of equivalent experience, education or training which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the described duties.
  2. Experience with the building inspection field including modern construction techniques and materials, inspection methods, and safety requirements.
  3. Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Driver's License and safe driving record.


  1. Possession of or ability to obtain International Code Council (ICC) and State of Oregon certifications such as building official, plans examiner, structural inspector, mechanical inspector, manufactured dwelling, fire & life safety examiner.


Work is performed both in the office and in the field. Physical demands on position are minimal involving moving materials, books, files, records and other materials typically not exceeding 25 pounds. Field inspection work requires walking through, climbing over, and crawling under structures; occasional lifting and exertion for short periods; sometimes walking or standing for long periods; and daily travel by motor vehicles to make inspections throughout the City of Astoria.

A majority of the work involves work in the outdoors with exposure to all weather conditions, terrains and potentially hazardous job sites.

Employment will be contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

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