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Building Junkyard Inspection Officer

  • Posted:
    March 7, 2024
  • Closes:
    April 6, 2024
  • Type:
  • Pay:
    $20.19- $23.28/hr

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: The work involves responsibility for the enforcement of the NYS Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code along with relevant municipal codes and regulations regarding junkyards, external maintenance, and use of property as well as repairs, construction and maintenance of new and existing buildings and structures. Activities are conducted both in the office and at inspection sites. The position is distinguished from a Code Enforcement Officer in that the incumbent does not review building plans and specifications for compliance with appropriate laws, building codes and ordinances, but enforces observable violations and issues appearance tickets, relative to external maintenance and use of property. The work is performed under the general supervision of the Senior Code Enforcement Officer with leeway allowed for the exercise of independent judgment in carrying out the details of the work.  Supervision is not a function of this class.  Does related work as required.



  • Enforces readily observable violations of the existing junkyard sites, housing codes and zoning ordinances as seen from the outside of buildings including sidewalk maintenance, lawn maintenance, refuse disposal, etc.;
  • Investigates and responds to complaints and referrals, prepares notices of law violations, consults with Junkyard Review Board, local Code Enforcement Officers and advises violators of required procedures;
  • Documents code violations and issues warnings and appearance tickets as necessary;
  • Explains requirements of the various codes, ordinances, and County Junkyard Law to property owners/managers, occupants, contractors, or general public;
  • Communicates with property owners regarding violations, requirements to correct violations and timeliness to achieve compliance;
  • Encourages property owners to improve or rehabilitate property and buildings and orders corrections or improvements;
  • Performs data entry and prepares a variety of documents, including but not limited to maps, field inspections, records and reports relevant to ordinance inspection activities;
  • Participates in required ordinance enforcement training;
  • Reviews junkyard license applications for compliance with the County Junkyard Law, organizes meetings and prepares reports for the Junkyard Review Board, and distributes licenses once issued;
  • Inspects new junkyard construction or property sites, informs the Junkyard Review Board of noncompliance, and facilitates legal action where needed;
  • Notifies County Clerk of applicant compliance with conditional license approval;
  • Oversees the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) process concerning creation or changes in junkyards;
  • Prepares, arranges and provides notice for meetings, appeals and public hearing, as required by law and disseminates such notifications and decisions to appropriate parties;
  • Obtains County Attorney legal advice and works with prosecutorial office concerning problems to ensure proper conduct, findings and procedure and assists with data preparation to be used in legal proceedings;
  • May be required to testify in court as required.


FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS: Good knowledge of County Junkyard Law, modern practices, principles, materials, and tools used in building construction, external maintenance and field inspection; good knowledge of building trades; good knowledge of the State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code; working knowledge of the impacts and relative compatibility of junkyards with other land uses; ability to write clear and concise reports and to maintain records in an orderly manner; ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with other public officials, building contractors and the public; ability to read and interpret plans and specifications; ability to be firm but courteous; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.



A. Graduation from high school or the equivalent and:

    1. One year of experience in an environmentally oriented field, such as forestry, agriculture, wildlife management, construction, building trades, etc.; or
    2. One year of experience as a municipal building, housing, code enforcement or zoning inspector; or
    3. One year of membership on a Junkyard Review Board; or

B. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered two year college with an associate degree in a related field as defined in (A) (1) and (2); or

C. An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B) above.


SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Possession of a current, valid, New York State driver’s license at time of appointment. Maintenance of license required throughout the course of employment.

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