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DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS This is routine work requiring the inspection of conditions of authorized residential and commercial land usage for compliance with the local zoning ordinances, including the property maintenance and junk car ordinances.  Additionally, the work consists of routine tasks relative to receiving complaints, issuing summonses, and following up on violations.  Work is performed under direct supervision of the Director of Codes Enforcement. Supervision of others is not normally a requirement of this position. Performs related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES: (Illustrative only)

  • Receives verbal and written complaints regarding all non-building and non-fire code violations;
  • Performs field inspections for violations of local codes and zoning ordinances, to investigate complaints, and to verify follow-up compliance;
  • Explains the requirements of, and methods for compliance with local codes and zoning ordinances to residents and the general public;
  • Issues Appearance Tickets for non-compliance;
  • Assists in preparing cases for prosecution for non‑compliance and appears in court, as required;
  • Maintains records and produces reports of activities, as necessary;
  • Operates desktop computer, copy machines, and other office machines as needed to perform related clerical functions;
  • May collect fees and account for monies received;
  • 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 Working knowledge of local zoning codes and ordinances; working knowledge of office terminology and procedures; working knowledge of business arithmetic and English; ability to read and interpret local zoning codes and ordinances; ability to use computers and computer software for word processing and data management; ability to express ideas clearly and effectively both orally and in writing to groups and individuals; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships; ability to deal effectively and objectively with public; tact; confidentiality; good judgment.


  1. Graduation from high school or possession of a comparable diploma, and one (1) year experience in a position requiring familiarity with zoning and related codes and ordinances or other public laws, rules, and/or ordinances; or
  2. Two (2) years experience in a position requiring familiarity with zoning and related codes and ordinances or other public laws, rules, and/or ordinances; or
  3. An equivalent combination of training and experience as indicated in (a) and (b) above.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT:  Possession of a current appropriate valid New York State Motor Vehicle Operator's license at time of appointment.



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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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