Property Compliance Inspector

Requisition ID: 36141 


Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples, Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada's Top 100 Employers, BC's Top Employers, and Canada's Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.


Main Purpose and Function

The Development Services, Building & Licensing team is seeking detail oriented, knowledgeable and experienced individuals with excellent communication skills to ensure by-law compliance within the City of Vancouver. Reporting to the Manager, Proactive Enforcement, the Property Compliance Inspector is responsible for inspecting complex residential and commercial sites across the City and investigating infractions of property and other by-laws.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Inspecting complex residential and commercial properties for compliance with the Zoning and Development, Health, Noise, Sign, Untidy Premises, Standards of Maintenance, License, and other relevant by-laws
  • Encourages compliance to by-laws, explaining to the public, and offering solutions within the framework of the by-laws
  • Dealing tactfully with aggressive and difficult people in a firm, fair, impartial manner in the field without supervision.
  • Uses independent judgement to interpret and apply various by-laws.  Escalating appropriate issues to the supervisor
  • Prepares detailed reports in MS Word and Excel on inspections, retrieves and updates information and records in POSSE, retrieves business license information on Amanda, recommends corrective action where infractions are observed
  • Consults with appropriate team members before making recommendations on corrective actions
  • Conducts follow-up inspections to determine whether infractions have been corrected
  • Gives evidence in court cases involving by-law violations
  • Prepares sketches of drawings as required relating to compliance with relevant by-laws
  • Performs related work as required



Education and Experience:

  • High school graduation required, preferably supplemented by technical courses related to zoning by-laws and building construction
  • Diploma in Architectural and Building Technology from a recognized institution is desirable
  • Considerable experience in the building trades or property use inspection, or an equivalent combination of training and experience


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of the applicable sections of the Zoning and Development, Noise, Health, Sign, Untidy Premises, Standards of Maintenance, and License and all relevant By-laws and regulations
  • Considerable knowledge of the applicable sections of the Building, Electrical, Fire, Plumbing and Gas By-laws
  • Experience with and working knowledge of our computer systems including MS Office, POSSE, PRISM Sequel, Amanda and Lagan is an asset.
  • Working knowledge of building systems such as HVAC, drainage and building construction.
  • Thorough knowledge of the regulations and policies affecting the use and development of various properties
  • Considerable knowledge of heating systems, ventilation, drainage, building construction and related factors in building construction
  • Ability to work outside in all types of weather, to walk long distances and to climb stairs
  • Ability to read and interpret sketches, building and development plans
  • Ability to take a variety of noise measurements and document infractions
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement and apply discretionary thinking based on sound knowledge of the bylaws while interpreting the organizational priorities as identified by management.
  • Must exercise high degree of organizational and political sensitivity in the duties performed and be able to demonstrate corporate and professional maturity in daily work situations 
  • High attention to detail with the ability to prepare complete and accurate reports
  • Ability to communicate effectively with contractors, home owners, lodging house owners, and business representatives, to discuss existing infractions of various by-laws and methods of correcting these.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external contacts, including the ability to work as a contributing member of a team.
  • Ability to make sound decisions as to whether property use meets the requirements of the relevant by-laws and to discuss any alterations necessary to bring the buildings and/or lands into compliance with these by-laws
  • Ability to encourage compliance and to enforce by-laws with fairness, impartiality, good judgment and a high level of customer service.
  • Ability to meet with contractors, homeowners, SRA operators and business representatives, to discuss existing infractions of various bylaws and the requirement to bring them into compliance.


Driver License and Record Checks

  • A current valid BC Driver’s License and safe driving record are required
  • The license must not include any restrictions that would affect the ability to legally and safely carry out job responsibilities
  • Must have a vehicle and be able to insure for business purposes
  • A Police Record Check is a requirement of this position



The City of Vancouver has a COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy.  All external applicants applying to the City of Vancouver are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of hire and subject to this policy as a condition of ongoing employment.  Candidates may only be exempted from this requirement if they request and are approved for an accommodation based on a reason related to a Human Rights Code ground (such as disability). Such a request must be made during, not after, the recruitment process.


Business Unit/Department: Development, Buildings & Licensing (1250) 

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks 

Employment Type: Temporary Full Time 

Position Start Date: June, 2022 

Position End Date: December, 2022 

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-027: $43.82 to $51.78 per hour


Application Close: May 22, 2022

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, LGBT2Q+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion


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