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2412 Chief Building Official

Chief Building Official

Paso Robles, CA, USA

Paso Robles, CA, USA

City of Paso Robles

Greg Nelson and Bryan Noblett


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Chief Building Official

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Ideally located in one of California’s leading wine countries and minutes from the Central Coast, Paso Robles is an outstanding location to advance your career. The City’s next Chief Building Official will have the opportunity to lead a growing team as Paso Robles enters a period of unprecedented growth.


El Paso de Robles, or "The Pass of the Oaks," is located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, in San Luis Obispo County. Paso Robles, surrounded by scenic rolling oak woodlands, is one of California’s premier wine regions, and is only 27 miles from the beautiful beaches of the Central Coast. This thriving community of over 30,000 actively engaged residents possesses the benefits of a suburban-rural community while retaining a small-town feel. With over 200 wineries nearby and a bustling downtown with a variety of excellent restaurants and specialty retail, Paso Robles is fast becoming one of the most desirable places to live, work, and play.


Reporting to the Community Development Director, the Chief Building Official is a key member of the City’s staff and is responsible for the overall leadership and performance of the Building Division. The Building Division has seven employees reporting to the Chief Building Official including a Development Services Manager, two Deputy Building Officials, an Administrative Assistant and three building inspectors.  The Chief Building Official also oversees multiple external contractors providing both plan check and inspection services for the City.  

The Chief Building Official ensures the City’s Building Division achieves and maintains compliance with established laws, codes, ordinances, regulations, policies, and procedures adopted by the City or mandated by other government agencies; organizes, directs, and participates in operations and activities related to permit processing, plan review, building permits, and inspecting and evaluating City construction plans and sites; works closely with the Planning Division, Engineering Divisions and Fire Department to ensure a coordinated and efficient process from planning entitlement to building final; and oversees the operation and maintenance of the Accela Permit Management System for the City’s paperless permit tracking, plan check, permit issuance and inspection processes.

The most successful candidates will have technical competency and be an effective leader and relationship builder; strong interpersonal skills; an unflappable demeanor, able to remain calm and assured during periods of stress; an orientation toward problem solving and helping others to accomplish their goals; and experience working in a rapidly growing community.


Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required education and experience is:

  • Education: Graduation from a four-year college or university with major course work in a related field is desired, but not required.

  • Experience: Seven years of increasingly responsible experience in a related field, including a minimum of three years in a managerial role.

  • Certifications: Possession of current certification as a Building Official by the International Code Council (ICC) within 12-months of employment.


The salary range for the Chief Building Official is up to $163,574, with placement salary dependent on qualifications. In addition, an excellent benefit package is provided including CalPERS Retirement. Classic Tier 2 membership will be enrolled at the 2.0% at 60 benefit formula. New members hired after 1/1/2023 (PEPRA) will be enrolled at the 2% at 62 benefit formula.

Additional benefits are detailed in the .pdf recruitment brochure at


For first consideration, interested candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter and résumé below as this recruitment will close once a sufficiently strong candidate pool has been established. 

Confidential inquiries are welcomed to:

Greg Nelson | | (916) 550-4100

Bryan Noblett | | (916) 550-4100

The City of Paso Robles is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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