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Zoning Inspector, Senior at City of Atlanta

Zoning Inspector, Senior

City of Atlanta Atlanta, GA Full Time

At the City of Atlanta, we are passionate about building and improving our community.  Our police officers, firefighters and building inspectors keep our citizens safe. Our Public Works staff keeps our City clean and helps maintain, build and improve our City’s infrastructure.  Our City planners help envision and shape future City growth. Our Parks & Recreation professionals enhance our quality of life.

Our engineers help keep our drinking water clean, the largest airport in the world (by passenger volume) operating and our buildings maintained.  Along with the host of Finance, Procurement, and Human Resources professionals whose support is vital, we are the City of Atlanta!   If you are seeking a meaningful role where you can make a real difference improving and growing our City, we welcome you to explore the job opportunities we have to offer.

Position Expires:  Open Until Filled

Salary:  Commensurate with experience

General Description and Classification Standards

This position has the responsibility of conducting on-site inspections all over the City for compliance to the Atlanta Zoning Ordinance and other related codes.   Staff employed in this position must also conduct joint inspections with other City of Atlanta agencies for quality-of-life issues.   This position also has the responsibility of reviewing and conducting complex research for the documentation of legal non-conforming uses as well as for the approval of City of Atlanta Business Licenses.  This position must represent the City at public meetings and functions as required and must issue correction notice for violations of the Atlanta Zoning Ordinance and issue court citations for violators for Municipal Court proceedings.   The incumbent must ensure that best in class customer service is provided to both internal and external customers, and embrace, support, and promote the City’s core values, beliefs, and culture.

Supervision Received

Works under very general supervision. May work independently or with other skilled or semi-skilled workers with responsibility for completion of assigned tasks. Reports to Lead Enforcement Inspector

Essential Duties & Responsibilities These are typical responsibilities for this position and should not be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

Enforces the zoning ordinance and other applicable laws and codes for the City of Atlanta; verifies non-conforming units, structures, uses, parking, etc. by researching from several sources.

Conduct case reviews and generate statistical reports for executive staff, City Council, the Mayor’s Office, inquiries regarding zoning, land use complaints and other code violations.

Prepares court briefs and court case dispositions. 

Attend BZA hearings, court hearings and legal meetings when required.

Attend community, neighborhood, and other engagement meetings to perform outreach activities to educate the public on zoning and building code related concerns/complaints.

Provides best in class customer service when responding to telephone calls and office visits from constituents.   

Issues correction notices and citations.  Inspects, evaluates, and renders decisions of compliance to established zoning ordinances and related building code violations.

Review and approve sign permits in accordance with the zoning ordinances.

Investigates, responds, and resolves citizen’s complaints involving potential or possible zoning and building violations.

Issue violation citations and enforces adherence to zoning ordinances and building related codes. Verifies correction of violation. 

Prepares reports of investigations to include processing of violation letters.

Maintains and submits accurate and up-to-date records of inspection activities.

Issues and “Post” notices to permits on construction sites, Stop Work Orders, Working Without Permits violations, and other violations.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Ability to learn zoning and building related codes and ordinances adopted and enforced by the City, including currently adopted zoning codes and ordinances; interpret and apply pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations.

Ability to conduct inspections and investigations of zoning violations and prepare detailed and accurate records for use in legal proceedings.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associate personnel, the general public, various departments and agencies.  Ability to communicate with supervisors and other staff members.

Ability to deal diplomatically in adverse situations; including the ability to secure facts, document information, evaluate data and draw valid conclusions. 

Ability to explain departmental procedures to customers to facilitate zoning compliance; directs customers to appropriate divisions for requested services.

Ability of comprehend, interpret and apply code regulations and procedures, as well as departmental policies and guidelines.

Ability to compile, organize, prepare, and maintain an assortment of records, reports and information.

Ability to use independent judgment.

Ability to perform the mathematical calculations required by the job.

Ability to utilize and understand computer applications and techniques required by the job.

Ability to work under a minimum degree of stress related to duties that require constant attention to detail and tight deadlines.

Knowledge of zoning regulations and other applicable laws, rules and ordinances.

Knowledge of methods of land descriptions.

Knowledge of legal codes, court procedures, precedent cases, executive orders, etc. 

Knowledge of the terminology used within the department.

Skilled in organizing daily inspections, inspection files and test reports; detecting code violations within all required building construction; detecting lack of compliance with approved plans and zoning regulations related to historic preservation and/or urban design; analyzing building plans for existing and new structures for code compliance; effective written and oral communication skills; effective organizational skills.


Minimum Qualifications – Education and Experience

High school diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED).

Two to three years as a zoning inspector or code inspector (equivalent professional experience may be considered for substitution for the required degree on an exception basis).

Preferred Education & Experience

Associate’s degree in real estate, construction management, planning or appropriate related field.  Three or more years as a zoning inspector or code inspector (equivalent professional experience may be considered for substitution for the required degree on an exception basis).

Licensures and Certifications

  • Required:  Valid Georgia Driver’s License (must always drive a motor vehicle and maintain a valid Georgia Driver’s License)
  • Must hold at least one ICC Certified Zoning Inspector, ICC Property Maintenance, or other ICC Building certification.
  • Must be able to pass a pre-employment security, drug, and background check for Atlanta Police Department Code Enforcement Agent badge (must always maintain a Special Police license to perform the required job duties).

Essential Capabilities and Work Environment

Required physical, lifting, and sensory capabilities are requirements to perform the job successfully. Typical environmental conditions associated with job.

Physical and Lifting Capabilities

None or Occasionally (Less than 1/3 of work time


(from 1/3 to 2/3 of work time)


(over 2/3 of work time)







Climbing or Balancing


Stooping or Kneeling


Crouching or Crawling


Reaching/working overhead


Use or stairs or ladders


Lifting - Up to 20 pounds


Lifting - Up to 50 pounds


Lifting - Up to 100 pounds


Lifting - More than 100 pounds



Recommended Skills

  • Construction Management
  • Attention To Detail
  • Investigation
  • Coordinating
  • Curiosity
  • Building Codes
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