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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 3184 - Code Enforcement Officer

Job Description

GRADE: 210

Under general supervision; performs work of moderate difficulty in the enforcement of the County Zoning Ordinance, the DPC Building Code, and Department of Transportation regulations; performs related work as required.

A Code Enforcement Officer is primarily responsible for investigating complaints of possible violations of zoning regulations, providing information to the public on zoning requirements, reviewing road construction plans, and obtaining, where possible, voluntary compliance with code requirements and standards for construction in DuPage County. An employee in this class has authority to order the removal or alteration of conditions or materials, which violate applicable codes and ordinances. Field inspection duties are conducted independently according to adopted standards and regulations, referring more complex situations to a Sr. Code Enforcement Officer. General supervision is received from the Chief Code Enforcement Officer.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Investigates zoning complaints and inspects structures during all stages of construction for conformance with County ordinances and building and zoning codes
• Conducts field inspections for construction work related to highway and public works permits
• provides assistance to property owners for correcting building deficiencies in conformance with the intent set forth in these codes
• Contacts persons responsible for violations and issues notice to discontinue, remove or alter conditions which conflict with zoning regulations
• Reviews plans and specifications for conformance to Environmental Protection Agency, State and County codes
• Acts as construction inspector on public works construction projects inspecting new sewer lines, manholes, water mains and hydrants; performs test inspections on sanitary and water lines
• Prepares investigative documentation, including photographs required to support findings
• Maintains on-going surveillance of assigned area for zoning/code compliance
• Represents the County in court regarding violation cases submitted for prosecution
• Performs record search to determine accuracy of data such as location, ownership, district and legal description
• Performs drainage and fill inspections
• Inspects signs and fences for compliance with specifications
• Issues vehicle violation notices and arranges for towing of vehicles
• Prepares daily reports
• Develops departmental cross training regarding adopted building/drainage/zoning codes
• May prepare highway construction permits;
• May review engineering and architectural plans to compute impact fees;
• May act as the contact person for the general public regarding impact fee calculations and procedures;
• May verify municipal compliance with the Impact Fee program;
• May prepare status report regarding the Impact Fee Program.
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality.

• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Purpose of zoning, signs and related regulations and of the provisions of the County Zoning Ordinance
• Methods and practices used in construction, repair, and land survey
• Building codes and their application for purposes of evaluation of buildings and their condition
• Geography of the County
• Engineering plans, records and drafting nomenclature and symbols
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• Interpreting plans and specifications
• Gathering violation data and ownership information based on field observation and the use of investigative questioning techniques
• Evaluating situations and drawing conclusions
• Reading and interpreting plats of survey, legal descriptions, and topographical drawings
• Arithmetic and cost computations
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office

Ability to:
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
• Plan, analyze and evaluate programs and services, operational needs and fiscal constraints
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations and statutory requirements
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality


Completion of a High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma equivalent; Three years’ experience at the journeyman level in one of the following construction fields; zoning, code enforcement, engineering, or related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Light Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Use of arm and /or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than for sedentary work.

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.

The work will occur in an office and field environment. While performing the duties and responsibilities the employee may be exposed to moving mechanical parts, vibrations, loud noise, noxious odors, dusts, poor ventilation, unsanitary conditions, chemicals, oils, electricity, extreme temperatures, inadequate lighting, work space restrictions, intense noises, travel, and other related conditions and situations.

This position requires a valid Illinois driver's license.