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Division of Building Safety

1090 E. Watertower St. Suite 150
Meridian, ID


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Plumbing / HVAC Inspector

Building Safety Inspector/Advisor

Division of Building Safety

Open for Recruitment: June 15, 2018 - Open until further notice
Announcement # 08521056374
Salary Range: $21.00 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Bonners Ferry, Sandpoint

The Idaho Division of Building Safety is looking for a Plumbing / HVAC Inspector to conduct commercial and residential inspections in the North Idaho area.

The inspection area covered by this position includes that part of Idaho north of Sandpoint. The specific city this position will be based out of will depend on the residence of the successful applicant.

This is a full-time position with full state benefits. The anticipated work schedule is 40 hours per week, with some occasional overtime required.

To be considered for this position, applicants must be licensed as a Journeyman Plumber in Idaho and have at least five years of plumbing experience in accordance with Idaho Code, Section 54-2627. Additional certifications to conduct plumbing and HVAC inspections will need to be obtained within 6 months of hire (see below).

Inspectors with the Division of Building Safety are prohibited from being engaged directly or indirectly, or financially interested, in any business, trade, practice, or work, or the sale of supplies related to the trade in which the Inspector is assigned.


  • Conducting inspections or reviews of activities, including determining compliance with applicable codes, regulations, and laws;
  • Providing technical advice and assistance in best practices and corrective actions;
  • Overseeing implementation of safety codes, regulations, and laws;
  • Conducting on-site inspections, investigating complaints, and seeking compliance with regulations and safety standards;
  • Assembling and preparing background information and documentation regarding noncompliance activities, code violations, safety reviews, and licensure discrepancies;
  • Providing technical expertise to building officials, building representatives, contractors, and the public
  • Assisting management and legal staff in addressing violations and possibly testifying in court or in administrative hearings.


  • Walking throughout the day;
  • Driving a state vehicle throughout the day;
  • Crawling in and out of confined spaces, including attics and crawl spaces;
  • Climbing series of stairs in multi-story buildings;
  • Climbing ladders up to 14 feet high;
  • Moving building material weighing up to 50 pounds.


  • Licensure as a Journeyman Plumber in Idaho and five years of plumbing experience in accordance with Idaho Code, Section 54-2627;
  • Experience interpreting building diagrams, plans, and specifications;
  • Experience analyzing data and operating a personal computer to generate written reports;
  • Possession of a valid driver's license.


Although these certifications are not required at the time of hire, having any of these certifications may improve your standing as an applicant. Additionally, the successful candidate will be required to obtain all these certifications within 1-6 months of hire.

  • Certification as a Plumbing Inspector through the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO).  Obtaining this certification will be required within 30 days of hire.
  • Certification as a Residential Mechanical Inspector through the International Code Council (ICC).  Obtaining this certification will be required within six months of hire.
  • Certification as a Commercial Mechanical Inspector through the International Code Council (ICC).  Obtaining this certification will be required within six months of hire.


State law requires that anyone applying for a classified state job take an examination to determine their qualifications for the position they are applying for. It is also used to rank applicants by their level of qualification.

The examination for this position is a checklist of your training and experience. You will receive a score based on your responses, all of which must be supported by the resume or detailed work history you must include with your exam. You must receive a minimum rating of 70 to pass this examination.

To preview the minimum qualifications for this position, click on the Preview Exam button below. (You will not be able to apply from this screen. Please follow the directions under "To Apply" below).


Click on any Apply Online button (located on the left side of this screen) and follow the instructions provided to complete the application information and examination for this position.

When completing your online application information, please select:

  • Division of Building Safety under "Agencies";
  • Full-Time Employment under "Job Type/Shift";
  • Bonners Ferry and/or Sandpoint under "Cities".

If you have previously applied for this position, and wish to be considered for the current opening, you will need to re-apply under this announcement. Previous applications will not be used.


Applicants for this position may be required to undergo a background check before a final job offer is made. This background check may include any of the following:

  • Verification of professional trade certifications;
  • Criminal history background check;
  • Verification of a valid driver's license;
  • Previous employment background check.

Thank you for your interest in employment with the Idaho Division of Building Safety!


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At the discretion of the appointing authority, compensatory time off may be provided in lieu of overtime cash compensation.

Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. In addition, preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources.