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DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS This is important inspection work involving responsibility for determining whether the requirements of the Multiple Residence Law are being complied with. The incumbent inspects buildings for compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and codes, including the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code. The position entails a high degree of responsibility since errors in judgment might endanger lives and property. Work is performed under general supervision. Supervision of others is not a responsibility of this position. Performs related work as required.


  • Examines and inspects buildings and property to ascertain compliance with the provisions of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, as well as all other applicable laws, ordinances, regulations and codes;
  • Ascertains compliance of new construction and alteration with all applicable laws, regulations and codes;
  • Reviews blueprints and plans relating to sprinkler systems, fire protection equipment, and fire prevention and building safety features to ensure adherence to, and compliance with, applicable laws, regulations and codes;
  • Inspects and tests fire alarm systems, fire sprinkler systems, heat and smoke detection devices and other fire protections and control mechanisms;
  • Provides advice and information to property owners, contractors, engineers, architects and others regarding fire protection requirements;
  • Investigates complaints and assists in prosecuting violators;
  • Maintains records of inspection activities and related information, as required;
  • Prepares and presents data and reports to Town Board and other government bodies, as required;
  • Performs related clerical operations as needed;
  • Performs a variety of related activities as required.

Typical Work Activities are intended only as illustrations of possible types of work that might be appropriately assigned to an incumbent of this title. Work activities that do not appear above are not excluded as appropriate work assignments, as long as they can be reasonably understood to be within the logical limits of the job.

FULL PERFORMANCE, KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS Thorough knowledge of the provisions of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, as well as all other laws, regulations and codes applicable to fire inspection of buildings and properties; ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with other public officials, with building contractors and with the general public; ability to read and interpret plans and specifications; ability to enforce codes and regulations firmly, tactfully, and impartially; ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, tact and courtesy.


  1. Three (3) years of experience in building construction; or
  2. Three (3) years of experience as a member of a paid or volunteer fire department; or
  3. An equivalent combination of training and experience.


  1. All code enforcement personnel who are charged with enforcement of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code shall be required to complete prescribed code enforcement training courses as set forth in NYCRR Title 19 Part 1208 §3.2 Certification of Building Safety Inspectors and Code Enforcement Officials. The certified basic training program, including all required subject areas, plus fire related courses, as set forth in §1208 3.2, must be completed within one year of initial appointment.
  2. All code enforcement personnel shall annually receive a minimum of 24 hours of in-service training as set forth in NYCRR Title 19 Part 1208 §3.3 in each calendar year following the year in which certified basic training was successfully completed.
  3. Access to transportation is required to perform field work responsibilities in a timely and efficient manner.


7/04; 10/06; 5/07; 8/09; 11/13; 8/21

Competitive Class

[Non-Competitive, Towns/Villages, PT]

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to administer, in a fair and equitable manner, the provisions of New York State Civil Service Law and Putnam County Civil Service Rules with respect to the offices and employments in the classified service of Putnam County and the civil divisions therein, which include the towns, villages, school districts, libraries and special districts.

It is Putnam County Personnel Department’s responsibility to ensure Putnam County taxpayers of a public workforce qualified for their jobs pursuant to the principles of selection according to merit and fitness as set forth in Article 5, §6 of the New York State Constitution.

  • Paul Eldridge

    Personnel Officer

Putnam County Office Building

40 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, New York 10512

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