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invites applications for:
Licenses and Inspections Construction Codes Specialist
Exam Number: 10Q26H34

SALARY: $45,104 - $49,826 Annually
OPENING DATE: 07/27/2009
CLOSING DATE: 08/28/2009
COMPETITION: L and I Dept-Only Promotional

This is technical construction code work with responsibility for the enforcement of construction and zoning codes and applicable ordinances for the City’s Department of Licenses and Inspections. Employees in this class apply highly technical provisions found in construction codes and associated standards related to the construction or alteration of structures. Employees are required to expand their knowledge of construction codes as they progress in the construction codes specialist series. Work includes reviewing and interpreting approved plans, specifications and diagrams for conformance to related codes, ordinances and permits. Contact with contractors, homeowners, construction managers, architects, engineers, landlords, governmental officials and the general public is significant to the work. Work is performed under the supervision of a technical supervisor.


The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests.  Candidates must meet requirements within 30 days after the last date for filing applications.

  1. Presently employed by the City of Philadelphia with permanent Civil Service status in the Department of Licenses and Inspections with a Performance Rating of Satisfactory or higher; AND;

    Completion of a two-year program at a technical school or institute with major course work in Building Construction Technology or a related field; AND;

    Three years of experience in a recognized building trade, one year of which has been as an L and I Construction Codes Specialist Trainee;

Or any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Office of Human Resources.

Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.

Certification by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor and Industry, in accordance with the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code prior to appointment and during tenure of employment as an L&I Construction Codes Specialist in the following categories:

  • building inspector
  • accessibility inspector/plan examiner
  • mechanical inspector
  • energy inspector

The revised certification requirements listed above will be required for promotion into this class for all employees who are hired as an L&I Construction Codes Specialist Trainee after the effective date of this revision.

Completion of course work or continuing education credits necessary to maintain certifications during tenure of employment as an L&I Construction Codes Specialist.

Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator's license as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to appointment and during tenure of employment as an L&I Construction Codes Specialist.


Training and Experience Evaluation - 90%
Seniority Rating - 10%

Applicants will be evaluated and scored based upon their training and experience credentials.  Applicants will not be asked to appear to take a scheduled examination.

DEPARTMENT-ONLY PROMOTIONAL. Only a departmental promotional eligible list will be established for the Department of Licenses and Inspections as a result of this examination.

An eligible list is planned for the week of September 30, 2009.  Please note that this date may change.

The examination for this class is announced on a periodic basis. The eligible list established as a result will be merged as additional candidates are tested. Candidates who pass the examination and who are placed on the eligible list will remain on the list for a minimum of one year and a maximum of two years.

In accordance with Civil Service Regulation 9.091D, candidates may review their answer sheets and other test papers to determine if they have been scored correctly or if there has been an irregularity in the administration of the examination. Candidates will have 30 days after the results have been mailed to review their test. Call 215 686-0880 if you wish to schedule a test review.


When applying by U.S. mail, the application should be sent to:

City of Philadelphia
Office of Human Resources
1401 J.F. Kennedy Boulevard, Room 1640
Philadelphia, PA 19102

To apply in person, please visit the Employment Application Center on the Concourse Level of the Municipal Services Building, 1401 J. F. Kennedy Boulevard in Center City Philadelphia, Monday through Friday, 12:00 PM (Noon) to 4:00 PM.

ALL Applications must be received by the close of business or postmarked no later than August 28, 2009.