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The NYC Department of Buildings is responsible for ensuring the safe and lawful use of buildings and properties by enforcing the NYC Construction Codes, Energy Code and Zoning Resolution. We facilitate compliant development with integrity, efficiency and professionalism. We are committed to becoming a premier municipal building organization, dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all New Yorkers and making our city safer. We are committed to improving our performance and developing procedures that are streamlined, understandable and transparent. This position performs work in the inspection of construction, repairs or alteration of structures for conformity with NYC Construction Codes, Department rules, other pertinent laws and rules, and approved plans and specifications.

Under general supervision: 

• Performs technical inspections of construction work pursuant to applications filed with the Department of Buildings. These applications involve the erection, alteration, and repair of structures throughout the city. The inspector is to determine if construction work is being done safely and in conformance with approved applications, plans, and specifications in accordance with the NYC Construction Code, Zoning Resolution, or other pertinent laws and rules enforced by the Department of Buildings.

• Responds to, reports and investigates accidents, incidents and complaints for conformity with NYC Construction Codes, Department rules, other pertinent laws and rules, and approved plans and specifications. Studies drawings to obtain details for inspections.

• Issues violations, summonses and stop work orders.
• Verifies licenses of onsite workers. 
• When issuing violations, advises the recipient of the nature of the violating condition. 
• Testifies as needed, including at ECB, depositions, and court.
• Maintains records and makes reports.
• Explains and enforces laws and rules relevant to the field. 
• May assign, supervise, review and evaluate work of subordinates. 
• May train subordinates in their duties.
• May review applications relevant to the field.
• May assist supervisor.
• Operates a motor vehicle in the performance of assigned duties. 

Some of the physical activities performed by Inspectors (Construction) and environmental conditions experienced are: walking to and from inspection sites and, during the course of inspections, climbing and descending ladders and stairs to get to areas to be inspected; standing on scaffolds to inspect work; standing for extended periods of time; working in confined areas; wearing hard hats; bending and stooping during inspections; climbing over and around various objects; walking in areas that may be damp, dark, dusty, smoky or acrid; and working outdoors in all kinds of weather.

Special Working Conditions: Inspectors (Construction) may be required to work shifts including nights, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.

Candidates must successfully pass a drug screening to be appointed.

Minimum Qual Requirements

1. Five years of full-time, satisfactory experience working in the construction trades as a carpenter, mason, ironworker, plasterer, architect, engineer, building construction superintendent, or inspector of building construction; or 
2. A license as a professional engineer or registered architect issued pursuant to the New York State Education law; or 
3. Three years of full-time, satisfactory experience as described in “1” above, and two years of formal training or education in an acceptable construction program, given in a college accredited by regional, national, professional or specialized agencies recognized as accrediting bodies by the U.S. Secretary of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or a technical school or trade school approved by a state’s Department of Education or a recognized accrediting organization; or 
4. Three years of participation in the apprentice construction inspection program offered by the Department of Buildings, and either two years of full-time satisfactory experience as described in “1” above, or two years of formal training or education as described in “3” above. 

Experience not considered acceptable: working as a home-improvement contractor (e.g., doing siding, roofing and painting), sheet metal worker, shipbuilder, metal lather, Sheetrock taper, glazier, insulation installer. 

Driver License Requirement: At the time of appointment to this position, you must have a motor vehicle driver license valid in the State of New York. If you have moving violations, license suspension or an accident record, you may be disqualified. This license must be maintained for the duration of your employment.

Preferred Skills

Working knowledge of the NYC Construction Codes and Zoning Resolution
Computer literacy

Additional Information

You must have a motor vehicle driver license valid in the State of New York. If you have moving violations, license suspension or an accident record, you may be disqualified. This license must be maintained for the duration of your employment. 

Candidates applying for Special Patrolman status must have NYC residency, be a US Citizen and be of good moral character.

Please Note:  This position is open to qualified persons with a disability who are eligible for the 55-a Program.  Please indicate on your resume or cover letter that you would like to be considered for the position under the 55-a Program.

To Apply:

For Non-City/External Candidates: Visit the, Agency: Buildings, Keyword: Inspector

For Current City Employees: Visit to view and apply for available positions.  Click on Recruiting Activities, Careers, and search for the specific Job ID # 

No phone calls, faxes or personal inquiries permitted. 


40 hours (minimum)

Work Location

Unit assignment and work location are based on operational need. Transfers may occur at any time with sufficient notice

Residency Requirement

New York City Residency is not required for this position

Company Description

The Department of Buildings promotes the safety of all people that build, work, and live in New York City by regulating the lawful use of over one million buildings and construction sites across the five boroughs. With a focus on safety, service, and integrity, the Department enforces the City’s Construction Codes, Zoning Resolution, and the New York State Multiple Dwelling Law.

The Department enforces compliance with these regulations and promotes worker and public safety through its review and approval of building plans, permitting and licensing functions, and inspections. In addition to Code and Zoning compliance review, emergency response and professional analysis of accidents to prevent future incidents, the Department has strengthened its education and outreach programs to provide the construction industry, property owners and tenants with a heightened understanding of safety awareness.

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Office Address

New York, NY

Contact Info

Phone: +1 (212) 647-7399