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Category: Community Services Department: Community Services
Location: Henry Knight Building
Work Days: Monday-Friday, may include some weekends
Season Length: Up to 6 mos.
Hours/Wk: Average of 24 hrs/wk
Performs varied types of field and office work involved in seeing that residents, business places, and citizens comply with various municipal ordinances other than the State Sanitary Code, State Uniform Construction Code, or any of its sub-codes or the State Uniform Fire Code; does related work as required.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Conducts field inspections and special investigations to ensure compliance with various municipal ordinances; initiates and enforces rules and regulations in relation to enforcement of various municipal ordinances; initiates necessary legal action against violators of various municipal ordinances; prepares needed reports; establishes and maintains needed records and files; may assist in promulgation of municipal ordinances; attends meetings of municipal agencies as requested; appears and testifies in the municipal court or other appropriate boards and agencies to obtain compliance with all laws and ordinances; establishes a schedule of proposed systematic inspection of all properties in the municipality including interiors of businesses and multifamily premises as well as schools and places of worship and assembly; Submits monthly reports of inspections made including names and addresses of owners, occupants, or lessees of premises, dates of inspection, code violations found if any, notices of violation served, complaints filed with courts or agencies, and dates of compliance or disposition of cases; Coordinates inspections of occupancies requiring joint inspection with other public agencies such as the health department, building department, police department, and other appropriate bodies and agencies; attends public meetings when required of the Board of Adjustment, Planning Board, and other appropriate boards and agencies; prepares periodic reports of inspections and investigations; establishes and maintains a complete and comprehensive record system of inspections; inspects the interior and exterior of premises for safety hazards and unsightly or unsanitary conditions such as loose and overhanging objects, accumulation of ice, excavations, projections, obstructions, and so forth; inspects exterior porches, elevated patios, landings, balconies, stairs, and fire escapes to see that they are in good condition; inspects the exterior of structures to see that they are maintained in good repair and that they are free of broken glass, loose shingles, peeling paint, or crumbling stone, brick, or cement; inspects signs and outdoor light poles and stanchions for condition; receives and responds to complaints of alleged violations of local zoning code; conducts inspections of such sites and writes initial complaint and may refer matter to zoning officer; advises owner or other person of violations to the zoning code; receives complaints and inspects business premises for display of proper license, checks license to see if it is valid, and if no license is displayed or license validation has expired, issues a written notice of violation; in response to complaints, inspects sites where garbage, refuse, and/or debris have accumulated and orders that matter be abated or issues notices of violation of local code pertaining to same; will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording and computerized information systems used by the agency, office, or related units.
Positions in this class involve the conducting of inspections to ensure and enforce compliance with a variety of ordinances, codes, or other regulations other than the State Sanitary Code or the State Uniform Construction Code, and any of its sub-codes or State Uniform Fire Code.Such inspections involve making determinations as to compliance or violations of codes based on visual or other specific inspection techniques of the obvious physical condition of an item or premises. These inspections are governed by specific procedures as serve as a basis for appropriate legal action where there is failure to comply with applicable regulations. Typically, such work includes both initial and follow-up inspections and the initiation of legal action against the violators of relevant codes where there is failure to obtain voluntary compliance with such codes.
Included in this class are positions whose primary functions are to effect compliance of individuals or organizations with a variety of codes (except those noted above), laws, rules, and regulations. Compliance is assessed by such means as inspections and investigations. Compliance may be obtained by methods such as persuasion, negotiation, and technical assistance. Compliance may also require actions such as citation of violations, drafting of complaints, and referral of cases for administrative or legal proceedings.
Code enforcement functions typically involve the conducting of on site inspections or surveys to assess compliance with applicable codes; investigations to substantiate alleged or suspected instances or patterns of noncompliance; negotiations with persons or organizations whose activities have been found to be not in conformance with relevant regulations and/or the issuance of necessary citations, complaints, or initiation of appropriate legal proceedings. The work of a code enforcement officer may also involve explaining and promoting the regulatory or compliance program to those individuals whose activities are subject to it as well as to the general public. The code enforcement inspections are aimed primarily at assessing whether or not there is adherence to the provisions of applicable codes.
Since the code enforcement officer class involves the enforcement of a variety of codes and ordinances, those positions involving the enforcement or assurance of compliance of codes and ordinances for a single functional area (for example, building construction, sanitation, licenses, fire safety, and so forth) should be classified in the series most appropriate for the duties performed.
Excluded from this class are those positions that are involved in code enforcement or compliance for which a license, certificate, or registration is required by state law such as Sanitary, Building, Plumbing, Electrical, or Fire Protection Inspectors, and so forth. Such positions should be allocated to the class that is most appropriate and descriptive of the primary and paramount duties performed.
Experience: One year of experience in conducting inspections or investigations to detect violations of and ensure compliance with laws, rules, and regulations.
Knowledge of: The provisions of the municipal rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and ordinances; the problems involved in organizing work and developing effective work methods both in the field and in the office the procedures to be followed and the precautions to be taken on observing and collecting facts which are significant in determining whether laws are being observed; inspection techniques and the writing of reports that substantiate findings and serve as a basis for legal proceedings.
Ability to: Analyze, comprehend, and interpret municipal rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and ordinances, and apply them to specific cases; note significant conditions and to take proper action when action is called for in accordance with prescribed procedures; make accurate observations and record conditions, and abstract and note those things which are significant; make necessary inspections and investigations without giving unnecessary offense; take and maintain a firm, correct stand when controversial matters are considered; prepare clear, sound, accurate, and informative reports containing findings, conclusions, and recommendations; establish and maintain needed records and files; make evaluative judgments based on the application of statutory or regulatory provisions; learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording and information systems used by the agency, office, or related units; read, write, speak, understand, or communicate in English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position. American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms of communication.
License: Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee mobility, is necessary to perform the essential duties of the position.
Position requires employee to continuously talk or hear and use hands to finger, handle, or feel; frequently sit and reach with hands and arms; and occasionally stand, walk 1000 feet on concrete, climb a flight of stairs, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, lift and carry a camera and radio up to 10 lbs., and lift trash bags or trash container up to 100 lbs.
Position requires employee to continuously work in outdoor weather conditions including sun, heat, humidity, rain, cold, snow, fog, and wind and work with odors; frequently work near moving mechanical parts from trash trucks, be exposed to trash fumes, debris, and dust, be exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals such as paint and thinners and possibly be exposed to medical waste or other regulated hazardous waste. Moderate to very loud noise is typical for the work environment. The employee will frequently be required to change work hours or days depending upon the workload.
The work physical demands and work environment characteristics described are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. An employee must meet the physical demands to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.