Assistant Building Official – Development Officer 

  • Permanent position
  • 4-day work week /35 hours per week (8.75 hours per day)

Salary: $48,000 to $63,000

Deadline to Apply: October 14, 2022, 4:00 PM

To apply: Send resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Reporting: This position reports to the Director of Protection Services

Description Overview

The Assistant Building Official/Development Officer is appointed by Council and is responsible to administering the land use and subdivision by laws as provided by the Municipal Government Act, as well as responding to inquiries related to zoning, subdivision, and property information, interpreting the by laws and planning and development matters in general.

The Assistant Building Official/Development Officer shall carry out its mandate under the Provincial Building Code Act and Regulations along with the National Building Code and the National Energy Code of Canada.

The position shall assist the Building Official with building inspections, issue building permits, answer inquiries regarding inspections, permits and by-laws. The Municipality shall support any training needs of the successful candidate, in eventually obtaining their Level 1 Certification in Building Inspection. The position shall ensure, through its mentor, that renovation and construction projects meet the building code standards, municipal policies and considers fire regulations, and familiarize themselves with our current Cloud Based Building Inspection software.

The position will also ensure that potential projects and developments meet our current and amended Municipal Planning Strategy and Land use Bylaws. The Assistant Building Inspector/Development Officer will also assist the Fire & Bylaw Officer on investigations and fire inspection.


  • Should have a minimum High School Diploma or equivalent, preferred collegiate degree in a relevant field.
  • Should have recently obtained a Certified Building Official 1 training or committed to training to obtain the certification.
  • Should have experience in the construction trade (plumbing, carpentry or electrical), either in planning or the execution of work in this field.
  • Level 1 Fire Inspector Certification would be an asset
  • Should have 3 to 5 years experience in the related field.
  • Should have experience working in Municipal government and a knowledge of municipal bylaw and policies.
  • Valid Nova Scotia Driver License and insurable
  • Should have experience working with the Public.
  • Bilingualism is not mandatory yet considered a significant asset to the execution of the work in the preferred language of our citizens.
  • Meets eligibility for future membership into NSBOA (Nova Scotia Building Official Association) and MDOANS (Municipal Development Officers Association of Nova Scotia)
  • Knowledge of computer systems such as Outlook, Microsoft 365 and appropriate software to manage data collected to execute your duties.
  • General knowledge or training in OHS


  • Issue building and permits, conduct detailed inspections, plan examination reviews, and fulfill the responsibilities of a building official per the Building Code Act, Fire Safety Act and other relevant Municipal By-laws.
  • Research and respond to inquiries and concerns from the public such as but not limited to the following: development permit, building permits, subdivision, inspections, Municipal Planning Strategy, building code, Fire Safety Act, and Municipal by-laws.
  • Effectively communicate with our Municipal Planners on questions or concerns regarding development.
  • Assist the building inspector to inform property and building owners of noncompliant conditions and initiate such action as necessary to achieve compliance.
  • Maintain accurate and detailed records of inspections and investigations, including updating the electronic building permit information system
  • Conduct duties in accordance with established policies and procedures approved by Council, including communicating with the public, members of Council and fellow staff, in such a manner as to facilitate harmonious relations
  • Assist public and contractors in using the new Cloud based permit software.
  • Document Code violations, confirm where no permits have been issued, prepare and issue Cease construction, Cease occupancy and compliance orders and review documentation with Supervisor and CAO.
  • Ensure records are developed and maintained to support ongoing activities, including activities related to legal proceedings.
  • Reviews subdivision applications and approves or refuses plans of subdivision in accordance with the applicable subdivision by-law and regulations. Coordinate the input of other staff, provincial departments, and other agencies regarding subdivision applications
  • Arranges and administer bonding and agreements as needed for subdivision and development agreements.
  • Review outstanding applications and take appropriate follow-up actions.
  • Provide detailed information, interpretations and technical advice on subdivision and development in response to general inquiries, applicants, elected officials and other staff outside agencies and committees,
  • Assist the Fire and Bylaw Officer, when necessary, with inspection, correspondence, record keeping and investigations.
  • Assist Fire and By-law Officer to review building plans and specification of existing building and inspect the building to determine compliance with applicable codes and regulations
  • Be an active member of the Occupational Health and Safety Committee
  • Other related duties as assigned by your supervisor

The Municipality has an approved salary scale for this position. Placement and incremental increase on this scale are based on the qualification and experience demonstrated ability to perform the responsibility of this position.
Terms & Conditions of Employment.

All new employee of the municipality of Argyle will require a criminal record check and child abuse check.


We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those under consideration will be contacted for an interview.

All employment opportunities within the Municipality of Argyle will be posted here as they become available. The Municipality of Argyle is an equal opportunity employer.

For more information about employment resources and job postings in the area, please contact:

Nova Scotia Works (CDENE)
Dawn Doucette - Career Practitioner

1 Slocumb Dr
Tusket, NS 
B0W 3M0 
Phone: 902-648-0573