This position is assigned to the Department of Fire Marshal and Permit Services (FM&PS). This is a skilled and responsible position involved in the enforcement of the City’s property standards and zoning ordinances. Work is performed under the direct supervision of the Chief Building Official, but some leeway is granted for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative. The nature of the work performed requires the employee to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, other City Departmental employees and other outside agencies.



  • Performs surveys of properties in the City to determine compliance with various codes, including the Zoning Ordinance, the International Residential Code, the international Building Code, the International Property Maintenance Code and other City ordinances.
  • Removes illegal signs and processes warning letters and municipal fines.
  • Coordinates with police department on illegal parking complaints and violations.
  • Investigates, inspects and enforces all trash and refuse complaints and violations.
  • Coordinates enforcement of accumulated trash and debris locations throughout the City.
  • Investigates and reports work being performed without required permits.
  • Performs inspections of properties in the City to enforce the City’s property maintenance standards including, but not limited to, notifying owners of violations of high grass and weeds, accumulations of trash and vermin infestations, posting and removal of inoperable or unregistered vehicles.
  • Performs inspections and re-inspections of residential and commercial properties to verify that they meet the City’s standards, including the Life Safety Code.
  • Maintains inspection and re-inspection records and prepares reports for use by administrative or judicial authorities.
  • Prepares violation notices, issues, and delivers citations, prepares legal documents and testifies in court as necessary.
  • Responds to and investigates complaints from citizens and other City Departments relating to sub-standard conditions existing in rental units and exterior areas of properties.
  • Keeps immediate supervisor and designated others fully and accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems.
  • Responds to callouts that may occur afterhours on a rotating callout schedule approved by the Chief Building Official.
  • Willingly and cooperatively accepts other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Possession of a high school diploma or GED certificate recognized by the State of Maryland. Two years related experience in and field duties securing compliance with ordinances and/or laws or any equivalent combination of experience work. Experience in fire inspections, law and/or code enforcement, including court or other hearing procedures preferred. Consideration will be given to those candidates who already hold any equivalent NFPA and/or ICC certifications. Must possess a Maryland Class C Driver’s License, or a comparable driver’s license issued by the employee’s state of residence, and a proven safe driving record. Must possess or have the ability to obtain, within 6 months of employment, the designated (OEM) Incident Command Systems courses. Ability to operate a computer terminal or Personal Computer and use typical office software such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Access. Able to learn and use other computer-based processes including the City’s software packages for permits and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). EOE




Fire Marshal & Permit Services

The Department of the Fire Marshal and Permit Services (FMPS) is divided into two Divisions who are responsible for the management and enforcement of the City’s codes and ordinances as it relates to wide range of areas, to include building and property standards, fire and life safety standards, rental housing licenses and permitting services.  

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