Enforcement Specialist

September 6, 2023
Spokane, WA
Job Type



Performs work directly with the public responding to complaints and inquiries regarding violation of Spokane City/County codes and ordinances dealing with nuisances, adult entertainment configuration and licensing, commercial noise, high weeds and vegetation, zoning, subdivisions, shoreline, signs; substandard, vacant and dangerous buildings, uniform codes, right-of-way obstructions, junk vehicles, litter control, indiscriminate dumping and other land use violations which are not the specific responsibility of other inspection areas.


  • Receives complaints and inquiries by telephone, mail or by personal contact.
  • Identifies and/or verifies that complaint or inquiry is a violation of Spokane City/County codes and ordinances by on-site inspection and review of applicable codes and ordinances.
  • Advises other departments and local agencies when complaint or inquiry requires their follow-up and enforcement action.
  • If a violation exists, advises the owner and occupant of the property and prescribes corrective action required. Frequently performs research to determine legal owner of property.
  • Provides follow-up and civil infraction if necessary to bring a violation into compliance. Pursues civil remedies as required by the nature of the violation.
  • Maintains records of inspections, affidavits, and compliances for all complaints or inquiries received, using a central computer system. Inspects boarded-up buildings as required by Spokane Municipal Code.
  • Gives depositions to attorneys and testifies in administrative hearings and in court when required by individual cases.
  • Operates normal office equipment such as photocopy machine, microcomputer, computer terminal, and calculator. Also operates an automobile.
  • Performs related work as required.


Open Entry Requirements: (Must be met at time of application.)

  • Education: Completion of two years of college (90 quarter credit hours or 60 semester credit hours) in a field related to planning, engineering, architecture, public relations, law enforcement, or a field related to building theory or practice; OR
  • Experience: Two years dealing with the public in an inspection, investigation or regulatory enforcement capacity; OR
  • Substitution: Any combination of education and experience to equal two years

Licenses and Certifications (Applies to all applicants.)

  • Possession of a valid driver's license.


Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications and pass the examination for this position to be eligible for hire. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. All applicants must complete and submit a City of Spokane employment application online by 4:00 p.m. on the filing cut-off date.

Upon request, at time of application, City of Spokane will provide alternative accessible tests to individuals with disabilities that impair manual, sensory or speaking skills needed to take the test, unless the test is intended to measure those skills.

The examination will consist of a multiple-choice test, with weights assigned as follows:

  • Multiple-choice Test 100%

This is an online examination and will require a computer. If you do not have access to a computer, please notify Civil Service so that one may be provided.

Multiple-choice examination links with instructions will be emailed prior to 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time on the start date and will expire at 11:59 p.m. on the due date as listed below. Keep in mind that the test link will be emailed from City of Spokane (info@governmentjobs.com).

  • Applicants who apply and meet the minimum qualifications between Monday, September 4, 2023, and Monday, September 18, 2023, will test Thursday, September 21, 2023, through Tuesday, September 26, 2023.

NOTE: You may begin the exam at any time during the test period; however, once you begin, you will have 1.5 hours to complete the examination. You may take the exam only once during the open recruitment period.

The examination may include such subjects as:

  • Regulations & Enforcement
  • Vocabulary & Terminology
  • Report Writing
  • Human/Public Relations
  • Reading Comprehension

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity within our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, familial status, genetic information, veteran/military status or disability status. As a Fair Chance employer, City of Spokane does not conduct initial background screening for non-public safety positions.

Closing Date/Time: 2023-09-18

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