Chief Building Official

Job Information

Job Category

Environmental, Land Use, Urban Design

Company Name

County of Santa Cruz

Position Level


Job Description

Salary: $10,083 – 13,476 / Month Exciting opportunity to join the team as the Chief Building Official for the County of Santa Cruz! In this role, you will plan, organize and direct the Building Section of the Community Development & Infrastructure Department. Help shape the future of our community. Live, work and play in beautiful Santa Cruz County! The County of Santa Cruz offers a generous benefits package which includes annual leave, paid holidays, medical, dental, vision and CalPERS retirement benefits. The option for remote work may be available based on the type of work and operational needs, upon successful completion of probation. For more details, please visit

Required Skills / Experience / Education

THE REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain these knowledge and abilities would be: Two years of experience supervising or administrating building permit programs. Special Requirements: License/Certificate/Registration/Professional Membership Requirements: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License, or the ability to provide suitable transportation, which is approved by the appointing authority. Certification by the International Code Council/ICC as a Building Inspector AND one of the following specialty certifications: Plumbing Inspector, Mechanical Inspector, Electrical Inspector, or Building Code Accessibility Usability Specialist. Within two years of the date of hire, must obtain certification by the California Building Officials (CALBO) as a California Building Official. For more details and to apply online, please visit:

US Citizenship Required?


Will security clearance be required?


Salary Range

$10,083 – 13,476 / Month

Other Benefits

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS: VACATION - 16 days 1st year, increasing to 31 days per year after 15 years of service. Available after 1 year of service. ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE - One week advanced upon appointment; two weeks accrued each year; can be taken in cash or time off. HOLIDAYS - 14 paid holidays per year. SICK LEAVE - Six days per year. BEREAVEMENT LEAVE - 3 days paid in California, 5 days paid out-of-state. MEDICAL PLAN - The County contracts with CalPERS for a variety of medical plans. For most plans, County contributions pay a majority of the premiums for employees and eligible dependents. DENTAL PLAN - County pays for employee and eligible dependent coverage. VISION PLAN - The County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase eligible dependent coverage. RETIREMENT AND SOCIAL SECURITY - Pension formula 2% at age 60 or 2% at age 62 as determined based on provisions of the CA Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013(PEPRA). Pension benefit determined by final average compensation of three years. County participates in Social Security. LIFE INSURANCE - County paid $50,000 term policy. Employee may purchase additional life insurance. LONG TERM DISABILITY PLAN - Plan pays 66 2/3% of the first $13,500, up to $9,000 per month maximum. DEPENDENT-CARE PLAN - Employees who pay for qualifying child or dependent care expenses may elect this pre-tax program. H-CARE PLAN - Employees who pay a County medical premium may elect this pre-tax program. HEALTH CARE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ALLOWANCE (HCFSA) - Employees may elect this pre-tax program to cover qualifying health care expenses. DEFERRED COMPENSATION - A deferred compensation plan is available to employees.

Job Start Date


Position Type

Permanent Full-Time



Primary Language Required



County Government

Job Location

Location Address

701 Ocean St
Santa Cruz, California

Contact Information

Hiring Contact Name

Katherine Lennon


[email protected]