Established: 01/93
Revised: 12/07, 08/17
FLSA: Exempt
EEO: 1



Under general direction, to plan, organize, direct and manage the Building Codes Division within the Department of Transportation and Development; and to do other work as required.


The Building Codes Division within the Department of Transportation and Development is responsible for administering the State of Oregon building and related codes, ensuring compliance with State of Oregon statutes and rules and Clackamas County ordinances and regulations.

The Building Codes Administrator is responsible for the administration of structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire and life safety codes and related rules, regulations, and ordinances.  The incumbent serves as the Clackamas County Building Official and reports to the Director of Transportation and Development.

The Building Codes Administrator differs from section supervisors which have responsibility for a specific functional area and assigned staff.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Develops and implements new and revised policies, goals and standards; prepares the section's annual work plan; ensures operations comply with Federal and State statutes, rules and regulations; resolves code administration issues; reviews and approves/denies use of alternate methods and materials of construction or specific modifications to adopted codes.
  2. Directs and coordinates programs for structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and plans examinations, abatement of dangerous buildings, code violations, and plan review and inspection for manufactured dwelling and recreational vehicle parks; arbitrates disputes between inspection/plan review staff and the public; establishes permit and inspection fees.
  3. Oversees the management of a computerized permit processing system; coordinates system implementation and administration with data processing personnel.
  4. Hires and directs supervisory, technical and administrative support staff to provide quality service to citizens and County staff; prepares performance evaluations; recommends and administers progressive discipline; conducts and/or facilitates staff training and development programs; promotes cooperative team efforts among staff and with other County departments.
  5. Prepares annual and supplemental budgets for the division; oversees budget administration and coordinates resources between work units.
  6. Provides communication and coordination between the sections, County departments, state and federal agencies and citizen groups; responds to public inquiries and complaints concerning section operations.
  7. Advocates County code administration objectives and goals at state and regional meetings; evaluates impact of proposed legislation or administrative rules on building supervision programs; oversees the preparation of documentation for public hearings and court trials.


Thorough knowledge of: Principles and practices of public administration, personnel management, program planning, and budget preparation and administration; participative management theories; County field inspection procedures and practices; County plan review procedures; County permit processes and zoning regulations.

Working knowledge of: Land use planning regulations; nationally recognized international structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, sanitation, and fire and life safety code provisions; building construction methods and materials; basic statistics and math.

Skill to:Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; prepare and deliver oral presentations; read and understand building plans, maps, legal descriptions and zoning laws; prepare and administer budgets; hire, train, evaluate, and discipline personnel; interpret and apply pertinent laws and regulations; prepare clear and concise reports and correspondence; direct staff in continuous efforts to improve quality productivity and effectiveness; incorporate team participation in decision making; respond to changes desired by citizens and County staff; establish and maintain effective  working relationships with public and County personnel.


Oregon Inspector Certification (OIC) and:

  1. The following State of Oregon certifications:
    • Building Official (BO)


    Be able to complete the Oregon State Building Codes Division “orientation” course, covering administration and enforcement, within six (6) months of hire


  2. Successfully complete the Oregon State Building Codes Division Building Official Certification course, within six (6) months of hire

Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.


Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.