The Building Official is responsible for the administration of the Minnesota State Building Code, including code enforcement, development of policy and procedures, permit processing, plan review, building inspections, and the issuance of certificates of occupancy for code compliant buildings and structures in the city of Le Sueur, Minnesota. Provides for minimum requirements to safeguard the public health, safety, and general welfare throughout code-compliant buildings and structures.

Department: Community Development

Supervisor: Community Development Director

Salary Range: $69,369.47 - $86,183.28, including an excellent benefits package

Essential Functions

Provide a leadership role in the management of the Building Inspection Program for the City of Le Sueur, Minnesota.

  • Performs the duties and responsibilities of Building Official as required by the State Building Code.
  • Assists the Community Development Director with the day-to-day administration of the City Code relating to land use/zoning.
  • Reviews building permit applications and ensures that they are accurate, complete, and in compliance with City codes and requirements.
  • Conducts standard zoning review (i.e. lot performance standards) in conjunction with building permit applications.
  • Reviews detailed and complex building plans and specifications for compliance with city and state codes and regulations; approves plans for construction or identifies areas not complying with regulatory requirements.
  • Performs inspections on all classifications of buildings and structures during construction, and upon completion, for conformity with approved plans and adopted building codes.
  • Issues verbal and/or written orders for correction of faulty, improper or illegal construction.
  • Administers the City’s Code Enforcement program by investigating zoning complaints, performing inspections, preparing letters, maintaining files, and obtaining compliance.
  • Issues certificates of occupancy for buildings inspected and constructed in compliance with city and state codes.
  • Receives and answers written, telephone and face-to-face inquiries concerning permits, building standards, and code requirements.
  • Administers and enforces the City’s Rental Housing ordinance including inspections.
  • Manages stormwater inspections and permit enforcement.
  • Conducts field investigations for conformity to grading plans and drainage patterns.
  • Coordinates communication between homeowners, builders, developers, and city staff and processes all data requests.
  • Participates in professional/ public meetings and training, as required.
  • Has working experience with Logis Permits & Inspections Software (PIMS).

Implement the goals, strategies, and objectives of the Le Sueur City Council as developed on an annual basis.

Prepares and administers annual department budget and monitors expenditures.

Attendance during regularly scheduled work hours and outside regular hours as necessary. Some weekend work may be required. Attends meetings of the City Council, Planning and Zoning Commission, Economic Development Authority, and subcommittees including preparing recommendations.

Ability to detect hazards and violations and detail what the Codes require during field inspection work; ability to enforce regulations with firmness, tact and impartiality in field inspection work; ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees; other departments, contractors, builders and the general public; ability to read and accurately interpret plans and specifications of any complexity, and to compare them with construction in progress.

Effective and respectful communication and interactions with other employees, supervisors, individuals from other organizations, and citizen customers, including the ability to make public presentations.

Performs physical demands and work environment requirements for this position.

Additional Functions of the Job

Performs other related functions as assigned or apparent.

Equipment Used

This position uses a variety of equipment typical to a traditional office setting. Such equipment may include, but is not limited to, personal computers, printers, telephones, fax machines, copy machines and dictating machines.


Required Knowledge and Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge of complex state and municipal laws, codes, rules and regulations including building and nuisance codes and ordinances.
  • Considerable ability to set priorities, work independently, and organize and manage numerous tasks.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and tactfully both orally and in writing with the public and to enforce codes and ordinances in a fair, courteous and reasonable manner.
  • Thorough ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with elected officials, developers, contractors, building inspectors, residents, city staff, and the general public.
  • Comprehensive ability to read, comprehend and enforce codes and ordinances and to suggest alternatives to encourage compliance.
  • Ability to maintain confidential information.
  • Ability to work with frequent interruptions by phone and public visits.
  • Thorough knowledge of zoning laws, ordinance requirements, and procedures pertaining to code compliance.
  • Ability to handle stressful situations and effectively deal with difficult people.
  • Ability to prioritize duties, work independently, and problem solve.
  • Considerable ability to use creativity and sound judgment to resolve differences and respond to challenges.
  • Computer skills to include word processing and spreadsheet software. Preference for experience with Logis Permits & Inspections Software (PIMS).
  • Consistently behaves courteously and professionally.

Minimum Qualifications

Requires a State of Minnesota a Building Official Certification, valid MN driver’s license or the ability to obtain within thirty (30) days of employment. Must comply with organizational and departmental policies.

Preferred Qualifications

A total of five years of building construction or building inspections experience, of which two years must be building inspections experience, administering the State Building codes. Preference is given to supervisory experience, International Code Council (ICC) Building Inspector certification, ICC Mechanical Inspector certification, ICC Plumbing Inspector certification, & ICC Plans Examiner certification.

Work Schedule

The typical work hours for this position are 7:45am through 4:30pm Monday-Friday (45-minute lunch period and two 15-minute rest periods). Other hours will be required, as this position is responsible for attending City Council meetings and other meetings as necessary. Some weekend work may be required.

Work Environmental/Physical Demands

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This position requires the employee to work alone, with others, around others and have contact with the public. This position will work inside and outdoors. Activities that will occur continuously, more than 7 hours, are: seeing with near vision. Activities that will occur frequently, 4 to 7 hours, are problem-solving, verbal communication, written communication, Interpersonal skills, sitting, handling, and seeing with far vision. Activities that occur occasionally, 1 to 3 hours, are analytical ability, organizational skills, and concentration, working with interruptions, time management, standing; walking; using fine manipulation; talking; hearing; and seeing with depth perception, accommodation, color vision, and field of vision. Activities that infrequently occur, up to 60 minutes, are creativity, bending; stooping; kneeling; reaching, above, and below shoulder level with the right, left, and both shoulders; using the sense of touch, and lifting and carrying up to 24 pounds. This position will require the ability to drive an automobile.

This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.


Please contact Stacy Lawrence at or (507) 593-8313.

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