Building Official I/Building Official In-Training – Comox Valley Regional District

14 June 2023

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Building Official I/Building Official In-Training

Permanent Full-time (35 hours per week)

Are you naturally collaborative, service-oriented and community-focused? Do you want to make a difference in your community and be part of an organization that has a direct impact on the quality of life of residents in the Comox Valley? At the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) we are committed to fostering a respectful, inclusive, equitable and diverse workplace which is representative of the community we serve. Our core values-collaboration, service, accountability and sustainability help guide us in everything we do. If you share our commitment and values, please consider applying with us.
In addition to the Comox Valley being an attractive geographic location to live and play, rich in rural agriculture, vibrant urban development, meandering coastline and dramatic mountains, working at the CVRD provides work/life balance through flexible work options (including remote work up to three days per week for eligible positions), competitive salary and wages, employer-paid benefits package, and municipal pension plan. At the CVRD we value continual learning and growth and support employees’ development through technical, professional, and leadership training.
Working with the CVRD is a plus for everyone. To learn more, visit our website at
We are accepting applications for a permanent full-time Building Official Level I/Building Official In-Training to join our Planning and Development Services team. Building Officials conduct inspections and enforce compliance with building bylaws, codes, statutes and regulations pertaining to building safety and regulatory standards of the BC Building Code. As a Building Official I/Building Official In-Training, you will be examining, processing, and checking building permit applications while working directly with the Manager and other certified building officials in gaining the experience and skills to progress through the Building Officials’ Association of B.C. (BOABC) certification levels.
Reporting to the Manager of Building Inspection Services, the primary responsibilities of this role include:

  • Under direction and supervision, inspects building projects to determine compliance to the building bylaw, the BC building code, and other enactments;
  • Under direction and supervision, inspects buildings for which a permit has been issued for the construction and occupancy of new buildings and structures, and the alteration, reconstruction, demolition, removal, relocation, occupancy, and change of occupancy of existing buildings and structures;
  • Within the scope of their certification level, discussing construction matters with owners, designers, and contractors, and advising of deficiencies;
  • Reviewing documents including plans, drawings, certificates, and reports received from customers, lawyers, engineers, and other building industry professionals to ensure compliance to the building bylaw, the BC building code, and other enactments respecting safety;
  • Keeping accurate manual and electronic records of inspections, deficiencies, and enforcement actions, and preparing related reports as required;
  • Assisting customers at the building inspection counter and responding to telephone enquiries; explaining building bylaws, Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) policies and procedures, permit and building inspection requirements, zoning regulations and planning procedures, acceptable construction practices, and the requirements of other departments and agencies;
  • Receiving and reviewing supporting forms, documents, and plans for permit applications; explaining deficiencies and requirements for acceptance; calculating fees and approving permits for issuance; issuing permits and ensuring all fees and charges are paid.

Our ideal candidate is:

  • A strong communicator with the ability to exercise sound judgement, interpret and enforce regulations and resolve conflict when required;
  • Able to contribute to maintaining a respectful, safe and supportive work environment that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Safety-conscious with a demonstrated commitment to safe work practices;
  • Organized with the ability to keep accurate and complete records;
  • Comfortable using computers and related software including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, SharePoint and iMap;
  • Knowledgeable in the BC Building Code, BC Plumbing Code, Bylaw Notice Enforcement Act and CVRD building bylaw;
  • Educated at the post-secondary level including completion of a Building Construction Technology diploma program of over one and up to two years, or equivalent, such as a trades qualification in Carpentry;
  • Experienced in the building construction industry with over five years of related experience including knowledge of standard practices, methods, materials, tools and equipment. Direct inspection experience is considered an asset. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Registered as a Qualified Level 1 Building Official or Building Official in Training (BOIT) with the BOABC or eligible for registration within six months of hire (including completion of the BOABC Level 1 building qualification examination and Level 1 plumbing qualification examination within six months of hire);
  • A member in good standing with the BOABC;
  • Other preferred qualifications include: BOABC Building Level 1 certification, POABC Plumbing Level 1 certification, Bylaw Enforcement Course (Level 1), TECA Ventilation, AWWA Cross Connection Control and WETBC Code Compliance.

A valid BC Class 5 driver’s license is required for this role. Successful candidates will be required to consent to a Canadian Criminal Record Check (including vulnerable sector search if applicable).
This is a CUPE Local 556 position with a current wage rate of $40.29 per hour.
To review the complete job description and to apply go to
This posting is open until filed. We appreciate all applications; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. If your application is shortlisted, you will be contacted in a timely manner to arrange an interview. Virtual or in-person interviews are available.
The CVRD respectfully acknowledges the land on which it operates is on the unceded traditional territory of the K’ómoks First Nation, the traditional keepers of this land.
The CVRD is committed to providing a safe, respectful and inclusive work environment. We celebrate diversity and welcome applications from all qualified candidates.