City if Issaquah Building Official


The Building Official oversees the activity of the Building Division of the Development Services Department (DSD) and has overall responsibility for administration and enforcement of City building codes. This position is managerial and the Building Official is responsible for managing and the execution of Division goals and priorities, creating and tracking Division budget, supervising Division personnel, managing consultant contracts, providing authoritative interpretation of building codes, and assisting staff in technical duties, such as building inspections and plan review.  Responsible for effective and collaborative coordination of the Building Division with other disciplines in DSD and other City departments.


This position is distinguished from other DSD management positions by technical and subject matter expertise and focus on building codes and the building construction process.


  • Provides direct supervision of Building Inspectors  and Plans Examiners. May directly supervise one or more Engineers or Senior Engineers or other related staff.

  • May provide general direction to other building, permitting, or code enforcement staff.

  • Directly supervised by the Development Services Director.


  • Directs and manages Building Division operations; plans and organizes workloads and staff assignments; reviews progress, directs changes in priorities and schedules as necessary.

  • Sets goals and priorities for Building Division; provides direction, training, and leadership to Building Division staff; ensures efficient and effective operation of the Division.

  • Provides direct and general supervision to Division staff, including evaluating performance, mentoring, developing, and making recommendations for hiring, discipline, and termination of division staff.

  • Evaluates Division operations and implements changes to improve customer service, productivity and efficiency, and resolve issues that cannot be resolved by staff.

  • Resolves difficult code interpretation issues; researches and interprets codes; proposes code revisions for adoption and manages code adoption process.

  • Prepares Division budget, implements budgeted work plan items, monitors Division expenditures, and plans for long-term Division needs.

  • Manages consultant contracts for building inspection and other services and monitors consultant performance.

  • Provides technical and policy information to contractors, developers, other City departments, and the general public; resolve conflicts, maintain good relations, and approve alternative means and methods as necessary.

  • Explains, interprets, and enforces building codes and related ordinances; issues citations and stop work orders as appropriate.

  • Establish policies, procedures, and standards for functions within the Building Division.

  • Conducts field inspections as necessary. Provides direction to Building Inspectors and the Building Inspection Supervisor on difficult or unusual situations.

  • Performs plan review as necessary. Provides direction to Plans Examiners on difficult or unusual situations.

  • Researches trends and development and stays up to date on rules, regulations, laws, and best practices affecting functional area.

  • Represents the department both internally and externally as part of the management team.

  • Other duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, regulations, policies, and procedures.

  • All stages of building construction, including methods and techniques used in building design and construction.

  • Principles of management, supervision, training, and evaluating performance.

  • City organizational structure and operations.

  • Principles of municipal budget development and administration.

  • Technical aspects of field of specialty.

  • Proficient in the use of Bluebeam (for electronic plan review) and familiar with TRAKiT permitting software. 

Skill in:

  • Application of principles of management and supervision, including with respect to training, hiring, evaluating, rewarding, and disciplining staff.

  • Planning, organizing, and coordinating the work of the assigned Division.

  • Creative problem solving, including identifying mutually beneficial solutions.

  • Effectively leading an assigned division by providing a positive example and influence.

  • Applying and interpreting building codes, zoning codes, and other rules and regulations.

  • Using computers and applicable software programs.

Ability to:

  • Communicate effectively with builders, contractors, and the general public.

  • Communicate technical information and requirements in a clear and accurate fashion.

  • Mediate conflicts, deescalate customers who may be angry or upset, and deal effectively with sensitive disputes and high stress situations.

  • Effectively manage personnel issues.

  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing and present information to staff, contractors, the City Council, and others.

  • Exercise significant judgment and discretion in making decisions for the assigned division.

  • Analyze situations and propose and implement an effective course of action.

  • Develop and implement strategic goals and priorities for the assigned division.

  • Plan, schedule, organize, and delegate work.

  • Read and interpret plans, blueprints, and other technical drawings.

  • Interpret codes and offer acceptable alternative solutions in the field.

  • Prepare and maintain accurate records and files.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, contractors, and the general public.


  • Bachelor’s degree in architecture, engineering, construction management, or related field.

  • Five or more years of progressively responsible experience as a building official, plans examiner, building inspector, engineer, architect, contractor or related, including two years of supervisory experience.

  • ICC Building Official certification and ICC Plans Examiner certification, or ability to obtain within six months.

  • Valid WA State driver’s license with a driving record that meets City standards, or obtained within six months.

  • Or any combination of training and experience that would provide the desired knowledge, skills, and abilities.


Work is primarily performed indoors with periodic visits to the field to check or perform building inspections. Indoor work consists of using a computer and being required to sit for extended periods of time. Incumbents may be required to do some lifting. This position involves occasional driving. Outdoor work is performed in the field on active construction sites, often subjecting employees to inclement weather, uneven ground, and construction hazards. 


Established Date: January 1998

Revised Date: December 2004, August 2018, November 2019

Former Title: NA

Salary Schedule Range: E055

EEO Code: Officials and Administrators

FLSA Status: Exempt

This class specification describes the general nature of the work performed; representative duties as well as the typical qualification needed for acceptable performance. It is not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of the job.

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