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Chelan County Community Development - Code Compliance Inspector

Department: Chelan County Community Development
Job Type: Full Time
Salary: $ 4,531.00 - $ 5,783.00 / Monthly  
Posted: July 30, 2018
Application Deadline: Position open until filled.

Job Location

Chelan County Community Development 316 Washington Street, Suite 301 Wenatchee, WA 98801




Assist the Code Compliance Manager as the primary point-of-contact and code compliance inspector regarding the permitting and enforcement of county code, by responding to complaints and inquiries regarding violations of applicable county codes to include building, zoning, fire, shoreline, and other applicable local and state statues. In addition and as time permits, will support the Community Development Department as needed to maintain desired work flow within the office.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Must gain a strong working understanding of County adopted building codes, zoning, shoreline and critical areas within 6-month of hire.
  • Permit intake and processing applications.
  • Explaining requirements of county codes to property owners and other interested parties.
  • Identifying and/or verifying complaints or inquiries of a violation of County codes by on-site field inspection and review of applicable codes and ordinances. 
  • Preparing forms and letters advising property owners and tenants of possible violations and timeframe allowed for correcting deficiencies.
  • Obtaining permission from owners and tenants to enter dwellings/property.
  • Examining visually all areas to determine compliance with code standards.
  • Respond to complaints and inquiries regarding violations of applicable County codes.
  • Developing and maintaining case documentation; researching records to determine property ownership, permit and zoning history, legal descriptions, and pertinent administrative and hearing decisions and case law; establishing pictorial evidence to confirm violations and compliance requirements; preparing written reports.
  • Ensuring the timely review and processing of violations in conformance with all applicable local, state and federal land use regulations including applicable environmental law.
  • Preparing violation letters to the property owner outlining violation and corrective action required.  Performing follow-up inspections to ensure ongoing compliance.
  • Providing information and guidance to the public (at the counter and over the phone) regarding land use/zoning; building code; critical areas and permit processes; provide technical information regarding code enforcement procedures. 
  • Stay current on County codes and State laws.


  • Consulting and maintaining file system of violation reports and revisit sites or buildings at periodic intervals to verify correction of violations by property owners and tenants.
  • Coordinating with interdepartmental and legal staff as necessary.  Advising other departments and State and/or local agencies when complaint or inquiry requires their follow-up and enforcement action.
  • Assist and advise Prosecuting Attorney’s office regarding case pursuit; provide case updates; coordinate activities of violator until case resolution is achieved; testify as needed.
  • Preparing staff reports for Notice and Orders issued.  Presenting staff report during the Public Hearings.

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.


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.


Associate degree or equivalent education or experience demonstrating a proficient understanding of zoning, building, other land use regulations, and/or enforcement of local and state regulations.  Three – five years of experience with zoning, building, code enforcement, land use, enforcement of local and state laws and regulations, or any combination of education and experience which demonstrates proficiency and understanding of government responsibility to manage building and land use development regulations and enforcement of County code.


Ability to read, interpret and apply adopted zoning and building codes, rules, regulations, laws and procedures; ability to read and interpret permit application materials, architectural plans and specifications for conformity to county codes; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Must have the ability to communicate clearly and effectively, and deescalate potentially confrontational situations.


Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as square footages, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.


Ability to mediate and solve complaints with tact, patience, equity, and courtesy; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; ability to make decisions (problem solve) under pressure.  Ability to deal with difficult individuals.


Washington State Driver’s License


The work requires employee to walk and occasionally hike over rough terrain; standing or sitting for prolonged periods, crouch, crawl, bend or kneel, climb or balance; exposed to moderate noise levels; occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds; vision ability includes close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus.


Respectful, courteous, and friendly to customers, other County employees, and County leadership.  A team player that helps the organization meet its objectives. Takes initiative to meet work objectives.  Effectively communicates with customers and other County employees. Develops and maintains a positive working relation with peers and management. Positively represents the County, maintaining the trust County residents have place in each of us. Demonstrates and maintains honest and ethical behavior.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; and risk of electrical shock.  Job requires driving a County supplied vehicle, may involve the use of boats or planes and could include site visits in the evening or weekends.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Additional Information

Position is open until filled. First review August 10, 2018.

To apply, submit letter of interest, resume and Completed Chelan County Application 

to:  Chelan County Human Resources, 400 Douglas Street, Suite 201, Wenatchee, WA 98801 or

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