Code Enforcement Officer 1

  • Full Time
  • Madison

Website City of Madison

Salary  $56,195.62 Annually

Job Number 2021-00315

General Description 

The Building Inspection Division has 2 vacant Code Enforcement Officer positions that perform responsible entry-level field inspection work:
  • One position focuses on securing compliance with codes and ordinances covering minimum housing standards, property maintenance and repairs.
  • The second position serves in a hybrid role performing inspections in three separate areas as workload demands: minimum housing standards/property maintenance and repairs; zoning and signs; and consumer protection and weights and measures.
Employees will initially work under close supervision for a period of time until assigned duties and responsibilities are learned. After/during such training, employees are expected to increase their independence as they gain familiarity with applicable codes, standards, procedures and interpretation of these in the field until assigned duties and responsibilities are learned.  Work is performed under the close supervision of the Housing Inspection Supervisor to ensure the program is administered within established policies and procedures and to provide consultation on more difficult enforcement issues.  Work is characterized by the exercise of independent judgment and in making decisions requiring technical discretion and judgment.


Examples of Duties and Responsibilities 

Field Work
  • Perform field inspections to identify and resolve ordinances violations pertinent to the exterior and interior of a building.
  • Work with owners, property managers, and contractors to discuss acceptable methods for them to complete repairs in order to gain compliance.
  • Perform follow-up inspections to verify corrections.
  • Identify property maintenance, zoning or more complex violations (structural, electrical, plumbing and heating problems) and then refer these to more experienced Code Enforcement Officers and/or other various City government agencies.
  • Perform systematic field inspections of existing one and two family buildings for compliance with Minimum Housing and Zoning Codes.
Administrative Work
  • Research property records, previous violations, property details, code interpretations, etc.
  • Write Official Notices resulting from observations made during field work inspections.
  • Establish work to be done and time parameters.
  • Prepare case letters, citations, and referrals to the City Attorney as necessary based on casework.
  • Provide information to property owners, complainants, contractors, property managers and the general public regarding the interpretation and application of related city ordinance provisions.
  • Participate in and support the citywide programs like the Neighborhood Resource Teams and the Racial Equity & Social Justice Initiative.
  • Respond to general inquiries regarding codes and their applications in person, via phone calls and/or email.
  • Work with City Attorney’s office and testify in court as necessary regarding code violations.
  • Compile daily and month reports.
Customer Service
  • Effectively communicate and interact with diverse residents and communities.
  • Participate on Neighborhood Resources Teams and attend neighborhood meetings.
  • Provide the highest quality service for the common good of our residents and visitors and fulfill the City of Madison’s mission and vision of Our Madison – Inclusive, Innovative and Thriving.
  • Respond to questions regarding your Official Notices, property histories, building codes and relevant city ordinances governing Minimum Housing.
  • Speak to interested neighborhood/community groups regarding Building Inspection services.
  • Perform related work as required.

Additional Hybrid Position Responsibilities

  • Investigate zoning complaints from residents regarding inoperable cars, private parking facilities, land use, building occupancy and sign violations, and other related complaints.
  • Conduct programmed signage, Conditional Use and parking lot inspections and work.
  • Perform field and systematic inspections of all new and used weighing and measuring  devices put into service to determine and achieve compliance.  License all new devices.
  • Investigate consumer complaints and take action to resolve complaints.
  • Test retail motor fuel dispensers and other stationary liquid dispensers; test a wide variety of scales; test coin operated timing devices, such as clothes dryers, car washes and parking meters; and test price scanners for accuracy and proper operation.


Minimum Qualifications 

  • One (1)  year of responsible experience in building inspection, building maintenance, construction trades, building mechanical system maintenance and/or other related work involving the interpretation/application of formal codes and standards;
  • Post high school coursework or formal training related to building construction.
  • One (1)  year of responsible experience in building inspection, building maintenance, construction trades, building mechanical system maintenance and/or other related work involving the interpretation/application of formal codes and standards;
  • Two (2) years of general experience related to building construction.


  • Two (2) years of responsible experience in building maintenance and construction principles practices, methods and materials and experience with computer software programs related to the duties of the position;
  • Familiarity with applicable codes, standards, and ordinances; inspection policies, procedures, and precedents; enforcement procedures.
The City of Madison strives to provide exceptional customer service to all its residents and visitors.  Therefore, successful candidates will have demonstrated ability to work effectively with multicultural communities.

For a complete list of the knowledge, skills and abilities, please see the classification specification online.


Special RequirementsCertification of the following must be obtained prior to end of the six (6) month probationary period:

  • State of Wisconsin Uniform Dwelling Code Construction Inspector (exam information)
Failure to do so will cause the employee to forfeit the position, absent extenuating circumstances.
Possession of a valid Wisconsin driver’s license.  Employee must provide their own vehicle and will be reimbursed in accordance with established standards.
Physical Requirements:
Employees in this classification are required to drive to perform inspections of buildings located throughout the City.  Employees must be able to physically access all parts of a building, including the ability to go up and down stairs, crouch and kneel in cramped/confined spaces, climb ladders, walk over uneven terrain and perform work in all weather conditions.
In order to support the safety, health, and wellbeing of our employees and the public we serve, the City of Madison is requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine or get tested for COVID-19 weekly, except where a reasonable medical or religious accommodation can be granted. Upon hire you will be required to provide proof of your vaccination in the form of your vaccination card or through immunization records.

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