Building Inspector

The Detroit Land Bank Authority is an equal opportunity employer. No applicant shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, religion, color, age, gender, national origin, disability, or other criteria prohibited by the City, State or Federal law.

To qualify for a job, an applicant must meet the education, training, experience and any applicable license or certificate requirement for the job position. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide acceptable proof of their work record and history.

The Detroit Land Bank Authority Published: February 13, 2017
Job Type



The Building Inspector will perform skilled/specialized inspection of residential structures for compliance with codes and regulations as defined by the Detroit Land Bank Authority (DLBA).


  • Before sale, inspect residential properties for compliance with applicable City of Detroit codes and ordinances.
  • Post-sale, inspect residential properties to ensure structures meet DLBA’s Purchase Agreement requirements
  • Point out violations, and input correction notices and case-related comments into an automated data base (Salesforce); file and/or scan documents following field inspections
  • Respond to inquiries from the public and contractors regarding codes and other issues with projects
  • Advise property owners of required City of Detroit permits and inspections and the process for their approval
  • Conduct site visits and green-light property for the release of DLBA’s interest or re-conveyance
  • Examine building for fire safety
  • Report violations of building codes and/or DLBA’s Purchase Agreement
  • Inspect foundations, roofs and siding, garages, plumbing, electrical systems, heating and AC systems
  • Evaluate existing buildings, on a complaint basis, for hazardous conditions and initiate abatement procedures

QUALIFICATIONS (Knowledge, Experience, Skills and Abilities)

  • High School diploma or GED
  • At least five (5) years of experience in inspection or the construction trades, or any equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Working knowledge of the City residential building, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical Codes
  • Working knowledge of City policies, procedures, codes, and ordinances, health and safety code, construction scheduling, practices, and methods, architectural design and construction methods
  • Working knowledge of current construction methods, materials, tools and equipment
  • Ability to practice appropriate safety precautions and procedures
  • Ability to read and interpret construction plans and specifications
  • Ability to detect hazards and violations and recommend corrective measures during field inspection work
  • Ability to enforce regulations with firmness, consistency, tact and courtesy in field inspection work
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing; to remain calm, objective, and impartial under stressful conditions; and to manage situations requiring diplomacy, fairness, firmness, and sound judgment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other departments, contractors, and the general public
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to prioritize work and exercise independent judgment, wisdom, common sense, and initiative
  • Ability to thoroughly carry out verbal and written instructions; use initiative, discretion, and good judgment within established procedures, guidelines, and rules
  • Ability to define problems; establish facts and draw valid conclusions
  • Proficient use of a personal computer and various software applications (including Microsoft Office Suite—Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Comfortable working in all of Detroit’s neighborhoods
  • Strong commitment to the mission of the Detroit Land Bank Authority

Special Requirements:

  • Must have reliable transportation for driving within the City of Detroit on all workdays
  • Must have a valid Michigan Driver License


Optional Skills:

  • Ability to speak Spanish and/or Arabic
  • State of Michigan Builder’s License
  • State of Michigan Certification as a Commercial or Residential Building Inspector
  • Certification as a State of Michigan Lead Abatement Supervisor, Lead Inspector and/or Lead Risk Assessor
  • Accreditation as a State of Michigan Asbestos Inspector and/or Supervisor
  • LEED certification and/or familiarity with Green-Star, Home Performance with Energy-Star and/or other similar residential green building standards



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Work is performed mostly in field settings. Considerable outdoor work is required in the inspection of residential structures.
  • Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate testing instruments, tools, computers and various pieces of office equipment.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; sit; walk; talk or hear; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust  focus


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 regularly works in outside weather conditions.
  • The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, or airborne particles.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet in the office, and moderate to loud in the field.


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