SUMMARY – This is a high-level management position. The work is performed under the supervision of the Director of Fire Marshal and Permit Services, but extensive leeway is granted for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative.  Supervision is exercised over the work of all employees within the Permits and Code Enforcement division of the Department.  The nature of the work performed requires that an employee in this class establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, business and community groups, developers, State and Federal officials, representatives of the media and the public.  This person may represent the Department at any time as requested by the Director and may serve as Acting Director in the absence of the Director.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Manages daily operations and activities of building inspections and code enforcement activities.
  • Manages daily operations and activities of the Building Inspections and Code Enforcement Activity.
  • Schedules, supervises, and conducts inspections of existing structures, new construction and remodel sites for compliance with building and Life Safety Codes.
  • Supervises, trains, evaluates and prioritizes work assignments for Departmental personnel/consultants in inspections and code enforcement operations.
  • Resolves compliance problems with property owners.
  • Reviews complex plans and related construction documentation for approval
  • Coordinates with code officials, other public officials, various agencies, and professional organizations in related fields for related code review and approval of permits.
  • Performs ISO accreditation, annexation, and growth planning duties.
  • Reviews state laws and bills and recommends changes to local building codes to comply with adopted changes to building and life safety codes.
  • Represents the department before District, Superior, and Supreme Courts in matters relating to the enforcement of Building and Life Safety construction regulations.
  • Performs special projects for the department Director as requested.
    Oversees the enforcement of all building codes and standards.
  • Participates in the development of Department policy in coordination with the department Director.
  • Participates in budget development and administration.
  • Provides status reports to the department Director on specific cases warranting attention.
  • Administers municipal code of Ordinances and applicable State codes.
  • Participates in various aspects of inspection and code enforcement personnel administration within the Department, including hiring, termination, grievance procedures and coordinating employee training.
  • Keeps Director 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.
  • Before, during and after regular business hours attends meetings, conferences, workshops and training sessions and reviews publications and audio-visual materials to become and remain current on the principles, practices and new developments in assigned work areas.
  • Responds to provide emergency inspections during off-duty hours as need arises.
  • Coordinates the preparation and submittal of grant applications and supporting materials and records.
  • Administers and interprets land use regulations, including the Land Development Code, municipal code of Ordinances, Life Safety Code, Building Code and applicable County and State codes.
  • Maintains statistical reports for the purpose of tracking economic, population and municipal infrastructure needs projections.
  • May serve as Acting Director in the absence of the Director.
  • Responds to citizens’ questions and comments in a courteous and timely manner.
  • Communicates and coordinates regularly with appropriate others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities.
  • Responds to provide emergency inspections during off-duty hours as need arises.
  • Willingly and cooperatively accepts other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.                                                                                             

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES – The person in this position manages subordinate employees involved in building inspections, electrical inspections, housing inspections and rental licensing inspections and also supervises consultant fire inspectors, consultant life safety code compliance and pre-construction plan reviewers and other assigned staff.  Responsibilities include making recommendations to hire; training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. In the Director’s absence, this position supervises all of the department’s staff. These duties are carried out in accordance with the policies of the City and the Department and applicable laws.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS – The minimum eligibility requirements for this position are as follows:

  • EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE – High School diploma or GED from an accredited school, augmented with some college level or vocational/technical school training in engineering, engineering technology or construction related studies, and five (5) years related experience, including at least three (3) years of supervisory experience, or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work.
  • CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS – Must possess a current and valid Class “C” Maryland driver’s license, or a comparable driver’s license issued by the employee’s state of residence, and a proven safe driving record.  Must be able to attain the following certifications in the Incident Command System (ICS) within 6 months of employment: ICS-100, ICS-300, ICS-400, and ICS-700.
  • Computer Skills - Ability to operate a computer terminal or Personal Computer. Able to use typical word processing software such as Microsoft Word and able to use spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel. Able to learn and apply other office software and automated office procedures. Working knowledge of Windows based non-linear editing software such as Adobe Premier. 


The City of Laurel is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



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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