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Posted on: July 21, 2022

Job Opening for City Building Official/Code Enforcement

Job Opportunity for a City Building Official

City of Clear Lake Shores, TX 

Job listing for City Building Official/Code Enforcement 

City History:

Clear Lake Shores is a city in Galveston County, Texas, within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area. As of the 2020 census, the city population was 1,200. 

During the oil boom of the 1920’s, properties were sold around Clear Lake, which is located between Houston and Galveston.   During the Great Depression, virtually all development came to a standstill.  Following World War II development in the area resumed and in 1962 the city was incorporated.  

The city that once started out as a fishing village and a HOA subdivision, has become a unique and family-friendly city with hospitality-based businesses, small shops, big box stores, marine-based businesses and chain restaurants.  The city has maintained it’s connection to things boats and water and is known as the Yachting Capitol of Texas where boat slips outnumber residents.  

Residents enjoy many public parks including a membership pool, a small community library, public fishing areas, access to the Clear Lake, Galveston Bay and points beyond.  Golf carts are a preferred mode of transportation, and many residents enjoy gathering to watch the sunset every evening.  An active and vibrant community with distinct ‘island-like’ flair.  

The city has a full-time police department, municipal court, building and permitting office, public works and shared EMS/Fire services with Galveston County Health District and City of Kemah. 

Job Summary: 

Successful applicant will provide timely, efficient, and courteous delivery of services, as Building Official/Code Enforcement to all residents, property owners, and the building community in both the private and public sectors. Represents The City of Clear Lake Shores with honesty and integrity while always providing the highest level of internal and external customer service, while promoting friendly, helpful, and respectful relationships. 

Education and Experience: 

High school diploma/GED, Associate's degree in a related field and four to eight years of experience in a comparable position with previous supervisory experience; bachelor's degree in a related field preferred; OR an equivalent combination of education and/or experience. 

Registered as a Texas Code Enforcement Officer with TDLR for a minimum of 12 months prior to start date

Possess a Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners Plumbing Inspectors License. 

Master or Journeyman Electrician License or ICC Certification in Commercial and Residential Electric Inspector. 

ICC Certification in Commercial and Residential Energy Codes.

ICC Certification in Commercial and Residential Building Inspector. 

Must possess or obtain International Code Council (ICC) Plans Examiner Certification within one year of employment

Must possess or obtain a Certified Floodplain Manager Certification.

Must possess or obtain a Certified Building Official certification or must obtain within 1 year of employment start date; Current State-Issued Driver’s License, with an acceptable driving record required. 

Examples of Duties: 

Manages and coordinates the scheduling, activities, and tasks assigned to various department staff assisting with day-to-day Building Plan Review and Inspection activities. 

Provide information on building, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing codes to contractors, builders and the general public. 

Read and interpret construction plans and building construction codes and ordinances for residential and commercial construction. 

Responsible for reviewing building plans for compliance with City Ordinances, Building Codes, State Regulations and Zoning Ordinances. 

Work with property owners/ contractors to ensure understanding of the codes and ordinances in relation to work that is proposed. 

Ability to resolve code violations relating to project work and code questions relating to construction. 

Assists in coordinating plan review with the Planning and Zoning, Fire Marshal, Public Works, Centerpoint Energy (gas and electric), GCWCID#12 (water and sewer) and City Engineer. 

Conduct on-site inspections to ensure that existing and new residential and commercial construction is in compliance with adopted Flood Plain requirements. FEMA, City & State codes and ordinances, to include building, mechanical, electrical and plumbing codes and applicable zoning regulations. 

Assist in inspection requests and complaints. 

Accurately and efficiently complete paperwork for permits and records, attend development related meetings as required. 

Responsible for calculating fees and costs relating to issuance of permits. 

Ensure accuracy when entering and maintaining plan review and building permit records in computer files. 

Ability to walk, climb, push, pull, lift and carry up to 40 lbs., work in adverse environmental conditions and operate light utility vehicle. 

Ability to operate telephone, computer, printer, fax machine, copy machine and camera. 

Follow chain of command and instructions, reports directly to City Administrator; keeping supervisor informed of relevant information at all times. 

Code Enforcement and related departments with complaints. 

Investigate complaints, issue court citations, and testify in court when necessary. 

Ability to work and complete assignments with minimum supervision. 

Ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time. 

Assist in the preparation/design of quarterly reports, information sheets, handouts and brochures. 

Communicate effectively and courteously with the public and other City employees orally, over the telephone, by e- mail, and in writing. 

Must be available to work after hours to attend Board of Adjustment, Planning and Zoning and City Council meetings on an as needed basis. 

Perform other duties as assigned. 

Summary Qualifications:

Must have an extensive working knowledge of residential and commercial building construction, electrical, heating/air conditioning and plumbing systems. Must have a working knowledge of pertinent construction codes and ordinances, proper inspection methods, legal procedures involving enforcement of building codes and ordinances, zoning ordinances, and other applicable City ordinances. Computer skills to include a working knowledge of Microsoft Office. Preference will be given to applicants with a working knowledge of MyGov software. 


The City offers a competitive compensation package.  In addition to salary, health benefits include medical, dental and vision.   Premiums paid at 100% for employee and 50% for dependent coverage.  Other benefits offered include group life insurance, flex spending account, Aflac, STD, LTD, and 467b Deferred Compensation Plan.  Paid Holidays, Paid Vacation and Sick Time based on accrual basis. Building Official paid cell phone, professional memberships, travel and training.

The City participates in the Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) and contributes at ­­­­rate separate from an employee maximum of 6%.  

Anticipated salary range of $72,500-80,000 Annually, Depending on Qualifications.  City is a drug-free workplace.  

 Application Process: 

Apply at  or email cover letter, resume/work history and any supporting documentation to City Secretary, Christy Stroup at:  No phone calls please.   

Position open until filled, looking to fill position as soon as possible.

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