Job Title: Building Official Specialist (Plumbing)

city of Ottawa

Requisition ID: 2082 Planning

Real Estate & Economic Development Department

Building Code Services

Building Inspections Branch

Employment Type: 1 Full-time Permanent position

Work Hours: 35.00 /hours per week

Affiliation: CUPE 503 Inside/Outside

Salary Information: $73,897.46 – $86,460.92  annually (2022 rates of pay)

Location: 580 Terry Fox Drive  City: Ottawa, ON 

Job Category: Planning

Application Close: 25/03/2022


Responsible for the review, inspection and approval of the construction of plumbing systems for all buildings regulated by the Ontario Building Code.

Provides a broad range of comprehensive technical, expert, and professional, advisory service for plumbing systems for all buildings under the Ontario Building Code. This service includes specialized technical advice in the following disciplines of the Building Code (Plumbing), applicable law, agreements and development approvals.


Completion of 3 year community college diploma as an Architectural, Civil, Mechanical, Fire Protection or Construction Technologist.

Minimum of 7 years of related experience in the design and construction of buildings, including a minimum of 3 years in the fields of plan examination, building inspection and enforcement of the Ontario Building Code Act and regulations


Plumbing Specialist  

A Province of Ontario Certificate of Qualification – Plumbing,


Must have successfully completed the provincially mandated examinations program administered by Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing relating to: Building Code Act and the Ontario Building Code; in the categories of qualifications that correspond to the types of buildings that will be inspected (reviews of drawings and inspection of construction), and plumbing building systems, as set out in the Ontario Building Code. Including:

a.  Legal Process for Building Officials and Designers 2012, and

b.  Plumbing All Buildings 2012


Preference to those with: Building Code Qualified (BCQ) or Certified Building Code Official (C.B.C.O.) in the Ontario Building Officials Association


  • Specialized knowledge of building plumbing technology and systems
  • Demonstrated knowledge of construction drawings (including architectural, structural, plumbing, mechanical, electrical and geotechnical drawings and specifications) combined with an understanding of the different types of regulations associated with the development approval process
  • Working knowledge of professional and technical practice in all disciplines of the design and construction of buildings (architectural, engineering, plumbing, mechanical, structural, geotechnical, project management, etc.)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Building Code Act, the Ontario Building Code, Fire Protection legislation, the Provincial Offences Act, Environmental Protection legislation, the Planning Act, the Heritage Act, and other applicable legislations and regulations
  • Working knowledge of all referenced standards including: National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), Canadian Standards Association (CSA), Underwriters Laboratories Canada (ULC), and other approval agencies such as the Building Material Evaluation Commission (BMEC), the Canadian Centre for Construction Materials (CCMC) and the Technical Safety Standards Authority (TSSA)
  • Working knowledge of the Building Inspection and Plan Examination Policies, Guidelines and Standards manuals
  • Knowledge of applicable occupational health and safety legislation
  • General knowledge of corporate/departmental policies and procedures related to health and safety 


  • Advise expertly on building plumbing and mechanical technology and systems relating to the Ontario Building Code and regulations and on the impact of these controls on building construction
  • Perform complex mathematical calculations
  • Communicate effectively with tact and diplomacy, both verbally and in writing, with all external and internal work related contacts
  • Work with the public, in a service oriented environment, to transfer technical information to non-technical people
  • Work in a fast paced, detail-oriented environment with strict service deadlines
  • High degree of personal organization and accountability
  • Demonstrated proficiency in utilizing computer software programs which meet the corporate standard, including such applications such as the MAP System, and remote technology
  • Read and interpret technical/detailed drawings, specifications, codes, legislations, regulations and technical reports
  • Convey technical information to varied non-technical stakeholders
  • Exercise sound judgment under limited supervision in adverse conditions and in a time-sensitive environment
  • Work on multiple projects simultaneously and establish priorities and time lines
  • Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to influence others and work effectively with people representing a wide range of interests and authorities
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills
  • Organization skills
  • Positive approach in resolving conflicts
  • Self-motivated and resourceful
  • Client-focused
  • Make verbal presentations
  • Results-oriented
  • Tactful and discreet
  • Meet physical demands as assessed (physical demand checklist available on request)


  • Police Record Check: The successful candidate will be required to complete a Criminal Records and Judicial Matters Check with the Police Services detachment in their jurisdiction to the City of Ottawa’s satisfaction.  
  • Driver’s License Requirement:  A valid Ontario unrestricted G class driver’s license (or provincial equivalent) with no more than 6 demerit points accumulated. 
  • You may initially be paid 95% of your starting rate of pay, in accordance with the collective agreement.
  • Please save a copy of the job poster. Once the closing date has passed, it will no longer be available.

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. 


The City of Ottawa promotes the principles of diversity and inclusion and adheres to the tenets of the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. We encourage applications from women, people with disabilities, Aboriginal peoples and persons of all races, ethnic origins, religions, sexual orientations, and gender identities and expressions.


The City of Ottawa provides accommodation during all parts of the hiring process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. If contacted to proceed to the selection process, please advise us if you require any accommodation.


The City of Ottawa has a Mandatory Vaccination Policy which requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination as a condition of employment.


Accessible formats and communication supports are available upon request. Please contact the HR Service Centre at 613-580-2424, extension 47411.


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