Applying To: Building Inspector I

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Dear applicants, in order to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Recruitment and Examination Section is suspending all written tests, performance tests and oral interviews until further notice. These examination components are being replaced with experience and training evaluations, which do not require physical contact. Please fully describe all of your qualifying education, training and experience on your applications. Thank you. The safety of all of our staff and applicants is our priority as we continue with our efforts to conduct merit based testing for staffing the City's Civil Service.


  • Minimum: $36,478.00
  • Maximum: $60,866.00

Nature of Work

Incumbents in this position inspect residential construction and remodeling to ensure compliance with building and zoning codes.

For an additional description of this position, please refer to the classification specification for Building Inspector I

Minimum Qualifications

One year of recent full-time paid experience working in building inspection and code enforcement, fire safety and prevention, architectural design, or the skilled trades or construction fields where knowledge of building codes and compliance can be acquired.   OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

Physical Requirements: Applicants must be able to: bend and stoop during the course of performing inspectional duties; climb stairs, ladders, and fire escapes; walk on scaffolding; inspect open multi-story buildings; access trap doors and/or access panels to make inspections; spend approximately 50% of the working day on their feet making inspections; lift a weight of 40 pounds.

License: Must possess and maintain a valid Missouri driver’s license while employed by the City of St. Louis. Must possess a valid driver's license at the time of filing application and  be able to present license at the time of the Written Test.  Please note type of  license, number, class, and license expiration date on the Employment Application. 

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:  Six semester hours in Building Inspection and Code Enforcement, Construction Technology, Civil Engineering Technology, or a closely related program; or one or more certifications awarded from the International Code Council.

Documentation of academic credentials or certifications must be submitted upon request.

When completing the Employment History and the Educational/Training History sections of the Employment Application, please be as thorough as possible when describing your education, training and experience relating to this position. Your employment experience and training will be used to determine whether you meet the entrance requirements for this position and to compute your experience and training evaluation. Applicants will only receive credit for their experience, training and education as shown on the application. Include reasons for changes in employers and explain any gaps in employment.

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE POINTS:  To be eligible for veteran's preference points, the applicant must submit a copy of his/her DD 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty with the Employment Application.  The Director of Personnel may, in his discretion, accept alternate documentation.

LAST DATE FOR FILING APPLICATION:  Applications will be accepted until a sufficient number are received to fill the anticipated vacancies.  Please submit application as soon as possible.  Applications can be submitted on the Internet.  Visit the City web site at

Examination Components and Their Weights

  • Experience and Training: 100%
  • Character Investigation: Pass/Fail
  • Medical Examination: Pass/Fail

No waiver of the Residency Requirement will be granted.

O.C. 2947
June 06, 2019
Reopened 08/08/19
Reopened 08/14/20
3851-36T (No Wav)

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