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We’re Hiring! Town of North Canaan hiring a new Building Official

Posted on
July 10, 2024
Board of Selectmen
Job Title: Building Official

Description: The Town of North Canaan is seeking an engaging, highly knowledgeable, and well-experienced Building Official to assist contractors and constituents with a wide range of associated building and development requirements. This position has the potential to grow and evolve, as North Canaan continues to attract new families, young professionals, and businesses; and as current residents and businesses commit to further growth and expansion opportunities. 

North Canaan is a small, tight-knit, rural community, known for its beautiful landscapes, preserved open space, sprawling agricultural pastures, industrial innovation, excellent public school system and a strong sense of community. North Canaan covers 19.6 square miles, much of which is open space and forests that are home to a variety of wildlife, including black bears, white-tailed deer, wild turkeys and numerous species of birds. 

The town offers a unique blend of small-town New England charm and access to major cities making it an attractive place to live for those seeking a balance between a rural lifestyle and proximity to larger cities and cultural attractions, employment opportunities and services. North Canaan is in northern Litchfield County, just south of the Massachusetts border. It is bordered by the Connecticut towns of Salisbury, Norfolk, and Falls Village (Canaan), as well as Sheffield, Massachusetts. It is also conveniently located at the intersection of U.S. Route 44 and U.S. Route 7.

The Town of North Canaan is committed to responsible growth and fiscal stability, preserving its natural beauty and enhancing the quality of life for its residents. There is a strong sense of volunteerism in the town and residents have a true love for, and loyalty to, the community. Residents are very generous with their time and talents, contributing countless hours to municipal and community service. The town government has a reputation for its professional and nonpartisan approach to conducting town business. North Canaan is a welcoming and supportive community.

The Building Official, who reports directly to the First Selectman, will also be assisted by a colleague who is currently employed to work within the Building Office. 
North Canaan’s government operates under the leadership of an elected Board of Selectmen, which consists of one First Selectman and two Selectmen.

Candidates should possess the following abilities and traits:
- Performs inspection, investigative, enforcement and administrative duties to assure that residential, commercial, and other properties comply with the State Building Codes and other related codes; enforces other related ordinances and state statutes.
- Receives proposed building and related constructions plans. Participates in preliminary review and consultations with other planning and development divisions or departments concerning major building projects. Performs plan review for compliance with: building, plumbing, mechanical and electrical codes and standards. Coordinate efforts with Zoning, Planning, Health District and Fire Marshal’s Office.
- Confers with and interprets code and regulation requirements to planners, builders, architects, engineers, surveyors, trades people, realtors, appraisers, lawyers and the public. Hires a specialist for unusual projects.
- Verifies appropriate licenses for plumbing, heating, electrical, air conditioning, air-cooling, and air ventilation contractors.
- Assists with the supervision of the building permit process and calculates; issues building permits and certificates of use and occupancy.
- Reviews permit applications for compliance with state consumer protection laws and office policy such as confirming workers compensation coverage and contractor licenses.
- Oversees and participates in the inspection of all construction or alterations in progress to ensure compliance with codes and regulations and issues orders for corrective action as warranted.
- Determines and initiates regulatory or legal action in cases of violation of building codes and ordinances. 
- Works with the Health Department to enforce the housing code ordinance, coordinates enforcement of ordinance violations and reports to the building official.
- Attends training and continuing education classes for maintenance of Building Official License.
- Performs related work as required.

The successful candidate will have a combination of education and experience as follows:
- High School Diploma or General Education Degree (GED) and have four (4) years of experience in supervising the construction or design of buildings or any equivalent combination of education, training and work experience to meet state certification requirements. Must be a licensed State of Connecticut Certified Building Official and have a valid CT Driver’s License.  
- The Office of the First Selectman will consider a combination of education and experience that allows for successful performance in this role.

Schedule & Compensation: 
This a part-time position. 20 scheduled hours per week, with the opportunity for additional hours depending on the demands of the office. The successful candidate will ensure that their schedule accommodates time for AM and PM inspections/office hours. The hourly rate for this position is $38.00.

How to Apply:
Applications can be found on our website, or, by emailing Paul Mattingly at They can also be found here: Town of North Canaan Employment Application.pdf

A resume and three professional references must be submitted, along with a completed application, all via email.
Applications will be accepted until a successful candidate is selected.

The Town of North Canaan is an equal opportunity employer.
Contact Name: Paul Mattingly
Contact Phone: 860-824-7313