Code Enforcement Officer

Columbus Consolidated Government
Full Time $20 Per hour GA 420 E 10th St, Columbus, GA 31901, United States


Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Enforces local and state codes pertaining to business and alcohol licensing, mobile    home registration, noise, scrap tires, standing water, water flow obstructions,          biomedical waste, solid waste accumulation, damaging or defacing of public    property, noxious odors, open burning, obstruction of city right-of-way, the display of    street addresses, littering, junk vehicles, dangerous holes and wells, soil erosion and  sedimentation control, commercial waste disposal, and hazardous waste.
  • Answers citizen and other agency complaints; investigates problems and determines violations; issues requests for compliance or court citations. 
  • Patrols county for code violations; enforces compliance by issuing requests for compliance or court citations. 
  • Prosecutes and provides expert testimony in local or state court for code violations. 
  • Performs administrative duties; completes daily and weekly reports; sends notices to property owners by certified mail; requests forwarding addresses through the Post Office; investigates and researches property ownership through property tax office,     deed records, and probate records; corresponds with citizens and other agencies via Telephone; records service requests and dispatches field officers. 
  • Performs field duties; measures square footage of vacant properties; measures city   rights-of-way; coordinates with contractors for the removal of weeds, solid waste, and  junk vehicles from properties; completes tow records of vehicles, including  inventories of content; coordinates with contractors for the removal of junk and abandoned vehicles from public property; operates decibel meter and records  results; collects air quality samples; completes air quality records. 
  • Investigates complaints and initiates appropriate actions to eliminate substandard building conditions. 
  • Inspects buildings to ensure compliance with minimum codes; makes follow-up inspections. 
  • Prepares listing of violations for owners; confers with property owners regarding deficiencies and corrective measures. 
  • Condemns vacant and derelict buildings. 
  • Issues summons for non-compliance to Environmental Court; represents the city in   court. 
  • Research deed records and other resources to determine legal ownership of properties. 
  • Prepares lists of properties for asbestos surveys. Receives, evaluates, and distributes requests for inspections. 
  • Coordinates with other field inspectors to ensure uniform code interpretation and enforcement. 
  • Performs dispatch duties in the absence of radio operator. Enforces historical preservation ordinance requirements in historic districts. 
  • Enforces Uptown Façade ordinance for Uptown Façade Board. 
  • Assists the Plans Examiner in verifying information submitted in sign applications. 
  • Verifies that sign permits are secured after application for permit has been      approved. 
  • Writes Requests for Compliance to property owners, retailers, merchants, contractors, and developers regarding violations of the Sign Ordinance and recommends corrective action. 
  • Makes final inspections upon completion of sign installation. 
  • Verifies and inspects for compliance to Zoning Ordinance. 
  • Performs other related job duties as assigned.  

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of relevant local, state, and federal codes, regulations, and laws. 

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of the enforcement of environmental laws and regulations. 

  • Knowledge of the principles of records management.  

  • Skill in researching property records. 

  • Skill in problem-solving and decision-making. 

  • Skill in the use of decibel meter and air quality machine. 

  • Skill in operating standard office equipment. 

  • Skill in oral and written communication. 

  • Knowledge of International Code Council codes. 

  • Knowledge of the materials, equipment, methods, practices, and techniques of building construction. 

  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws applicable to building trade regulations.  

  • Knowledge of the geography of the city and other local areas.  

  • Skill in conducting minimum code compliance inspections. 

  • Ability to read, write, and perform mathematical calculations. 

Minimum Educational and Training Requirements

Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with the completion of specialized training in the occupational field, in addition to basic skills typically associated with a high school education. Sufficient experience to understand the basic principles relevant to the major duties of the position, usually associated with the completion of an apprenticeship/internship or having had a similar position for one to two years. Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid Driver's license issued by the State of Georgia for the type of vehicle or equipment operated. Possession of or ability to readily obtain International Code Council (ICC) certification Property Maintenance Inspector within two years.

Physical Requirements

The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table.  The employee must occasionally lift light objects.  Additionally, the following physical abilities are required:  

  • Balancing – maintain equilibrium to prevent falling while walking, standing, or crouching. 

  • Climbing – ascending, descending ladders, stairs, ramps, requires body agility. 

  • Crawling – moving about on hands, knees, or hands, feet. 

  • Crouching – bending body forward by bending leg, spine. 

  • Feeling – perceiving attributes of objects by touch with skin, fingertips. 

  • Grasping – applying pressure to object with fingers, palm. 

  • Handling – picking, holding, or working with whole hand. 

  • Hearing 1 – perceiving sounds at normal speaking levels, receive information. 

  • Hearing 2 – receive detailed information, make discrimination in sound. 

  • Kneeling – bending legs at knee to come to rest at knees. 

  • Lifting – raising objects from lower to higher position, moving objects side to side, using upper extremities, back. 

  • Manual Dexterity – picking, pinching, typing, working with fingers rather than hand. 

  • Mental Acuity – ability to make rational decisions through sound logic, deductive reasoning. 

  • Pulling - use upper extremities to exert force, haul or tug. 

  • Pushing – use upper extremities to press against objects with force, or thrust forward, downward, outward. 

  • Reaching – extending hands or arms in any direction. 

  • Repetitive Motion – substantial movements of wrists, hands, fingers. 

  • Speaking – expressing ideas with spoken word, convey detailed, important instructions accurately, concisely. 

  • Standing – for sustained periods of time. 

  • Stooping – bending body downward, forward at waist, with full motion of lower extremities and back. 

  • Talking 1- expressing ideas by spoken word 

  • Talking 2 – shouting to be heard above ambient noise. 

  • Visual Acuity 1 - prepare, analyze data, transcribing, computer terminal, extensive reading. 

  • Visual Acuity 2 - color, depth perception, field of vision. 

  • Visual Acuity 3 - determine accuracy, neatness, observe facilities/structures. 

  • Visual Acuity 4 - operate motor vehicles/heavy equipment. 

  • Visual Acuity 4 - operate motor vehicles/heavy equipment. 

  • Visual Acuity 5 -close acuity for inspection of small defects, machines, use measurement devices, or fabricate parts. 

  • Walking - on foot to accomplish tasks, long distances, or site to site. 

The work is typically performed in an office, library, or computer room.