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Code Enforcement Officer

Date Posted:  May 5, 2022
Requisition ID:  234064

LeGrange, IN, US, 46761


Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.


About the Indiana Department of Homeland Security:

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) leads Indiana's emergency planning and operations, first responder training and fire and building safety. The Indiana State Fire Marshal leads the Division of Fire and Building Safety (within IDHS), which oversees the enforcement of building codes and includes a fire investigations unit. The agency certifies and trains thousands of first responders and also hosts state-level exercises each year. IDHS also supports the state Emergency Operations Center (EOC), which leads response and coordination efforts for large-magnitude incidents.



This position traditionally starts at $34,320 per year and may be commensurate with education and work experience. 

Next level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.


About the Job:

As the Enforcement Certification Code Official, you will serve as a fire & building inspector for the Code Enforcement section of the Division of Fire and Building Safety, of the Department of Homeland Security. You are responsible for conducting field inspections and interpreting code to ensure compliance with applicable codes, standards, laws, rules, and regulations as they pertain to building construction and Class I structures.   

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Conduct field inspections of construction activity for Class 1 structures, to determine compliance with appropriate codes laws, rules, and regulations.   
  • Interpret and issue inspection reports/ violations regarding various fire and building codes, standards, laws, rules, and regulations. 
  • Perform damage assessment inspections following natural or man-made disasters to assess affected buildings for safe entry. 
  • Issue appropriate inspection orders of code deficiencies, in tandem with local enforcement authority.  May issue fire watches and prepare orders for closure of buildings that pose a severe threat to human life/safety.  
  • Enter detailed inspection results and code interpretation on a field computer into an established database management system. 
  • Explain and provide education on the various fire and building codes and their applicability to architects, engineers, local and fire building officials, contractors, manufacturers, property owners, and/or other staff members. 
  • Prepare correspondence and technical reports to explain fire and building code revisions, policies, etc. and answers general code inquiries.  
  • Investigate and resolve complaints or refers complaints to appropriate level.  
  • Keep abreast of changes in codes, standards, laws, rules, regulations, and procedures as they relate to all facets of job duties.  
  • Provide training and education opportunities for local fire and building official through classes and field instruction. 
  • Provide code related field, administrative, and policy training of new inspection staff, providing code education and specific on-the-job training. 


The job profile is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of this role.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Must have a High School Diploma or High School Equivalent (HSE). 
  • Must possess an International Code Council (ICC) certification as a Commercial Building Inspector and Commercial Fire Inspector within 2.5 years of hire date.
  • Working knowledge of a database systems and MS Office applications.  
  • Must be able to solve practical problems with tact, diplomacy, and deal with a variety of people in a variety of situations. 
  • Extensive knowledge of both construction and fire principles, practices, and procedures or the ability to learn/understand these principles.
  • Extensive ability to interpret construction drawings and specifications; possess knowledge of applicable building codes; and an ability to create accurate and concise written reports. 
  • Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing to both internal and external customers. 
  • During weather events and other emergency situations, inspectors are required to be available to conduct Emergency Damage Assessments across the State in partnership with the Response and Recovery Division, which also may require overnights. 
  • Must have and retain a valid Indiana Driver's license and the ability to operate a State vehicle is required.   

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:


The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans;
  • Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards);
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution; 
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities;
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match; 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options; 
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave; 
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave;
  • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off; 
  • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years; 
  • Education Reimbursement Program;
  • Group life insurance; 
  • Referral Bonus program;
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits; 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program; 
  • Free Parking for most positions;
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access;


Equal Employment Opportunity:


The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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