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Housing Code Inspector

Posted On: 
April 9, 2019

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    Code Enforcement

Notice of Examination

The Amsterdam Civil Service Commission announces the Open-Competitive exam for:

Housing Code Inspector

Open-Competitive examination # 68-422                  City of Amsterdam

                                   Date of Examination:              June 22, 2019

                                   Date of Last Filing:                  May 7, 2019

Read this announcement in it’s entirely before filling your application.

Salary:             $57,453

General Statement:   The work involves responsibility for the inspections of dwellings and housing facilities to determine whether they are maintained in a safe and habitable condition and for building construction and repair in accordance with the provisions of the City Housing code, Multiple Residence Law, the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code and other ordinances, laws and codes concerning health and safety of dwellings, including enforcement of City sign ordinances.  Activities are conducted both in the office and at inspection sites and can involve exposure to unsanitary housing conditions.  The incumbent works closely with other Code Enforcement Officers and does related work as required.

Employment Opportunity:   This list will also be used for any future vacancies.

Minimum Qualifications:      

a)      Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with an Associate’s degree in mechanical or construction technology or closely related field and two (2) years of experience as a building contractor, or journey level trades worker, or in the design of buildings or in the inspection of buildings or dwellings for health, safety and compliance with codes; or

b)      Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma and four (4) years of experience as defined in (a) or

c)      An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by limits of (a) and (b).

Special Requirements:

1.      Possession of certification as a code official as required by New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, title 19 of the Official Compilation of Code Rules and Regulations of the State of New York (NYCRR) within twelve (12) months of permanent appointment.

2.      Possession of a valid New York State driver’s license appropriate to the vehicles operated or otherwise demonstrate their ability to meet the transportation needs of the job, at time of appointment

Residency:      None,but preference may be given to City of Amsterdam Residents.  To meet the preference, candidates must have been legal residents of the City of Amsterdam for a period of at least one (1)month immediately preceding the date of the written test.

Subject of Examination:

Subjects of examination: A written test designed to evaluate knowledge, skills and /or abilities in the following areas:

1. Inspection procedures and principles

These questions test for knowledge of the appropriate practices and methods to use when inspecting various types of building facilities and projects, including proper adherence to plans and codes, dealing with residents, owners and contractors, and inspection record keeping.

2. Principles of housing inspection,including sanitary, infestation, structural, mechanical, electrical and fire hazards

These questions test for knowledge of various housing components and safety and health issues related to inspecting single-family and multiple-family residences in New York State.

3. Housing safety and health inspections, laws and codes

These questions test for knowledge of housing laws, codes and inspection principles and for the ability to apply provisions of the Residential Code of New York State and those portions of the Building Code of New York State applicable to single and multiple-family residences and other habitable dwellings.

4. Understanding and interpreting written material

These questions test how well you comprehend written material. You will be provided with brief reading selection sand will be asked questions about the selections. All the information required to answer the questions will be presented in the selections; you will not be required to have any special knowledge relating to the subject areas of the selections.

The New York State Department of Civil Service has not prepared a test guide for this examination. However, candidates may find information in the publication "How to take a written test"helpful in preparing for this test. This publication is available on line at:


Use of Calculators is allowed.  Candidates are permitted to use quiet, hand-held solar or battery powered calculators or slide rules.  Devices with typewriter keyboards, spell checkers, personal digital assistants, address books, language translators, dictionaries, or any similar devices are prohibited.

If an emergency prevents you from appearing for the examination, please notify this office no later than 9:00 am on the Monday following the test date, (Tuesday if Monday is a holiday) providing verifiable documentation of the reason.  A determination will be made if you will be scheduled for an alternate test date.


Application:   Applications may be obtained at the Civil Service Office in Amsterdam City Hall or by sending a stamped self-addressed legal envelope to:

           Amsterdam Civil Service Commission, City Hall 61 Church St. Amsterdam NY  12010

Applications received post-marked after the filing date deadline will not be accepted.  The applicant should make sure every question on the application is answered and that the application is complete in all respects. All statements made by candidates in their application are subject to verification.  This department does not acknowledge receipt of the applications. Candidates will be notified of the disposition of their application.  Candidates will be notified by letter, of when and where to appear to take the written test.  If candidates have not received a notice to appear for the written test three (3) days prior to the exam date, they should call our office at (518)841-4341.


Application Fees:       A $15.00 on-refundable application fee is required for each separately numbered examination for which you apply.  The required fee must accompany your application. Send a check or money order payable to City of Amsterdam.  Write the examination number(s) and the applicant’s name on the check or money order. DO NOT SEND CASH.  If your application is disapproved, the fee will not be refunded.  You should carefully review the announced minimum qualifications and any residence requirements and apply only for those examinations for which you clearly qualify.


Religious Observer/Disabled Candidates/Military Members:       Applicants whose religious beliefs or military service prevent their taking examinations on the scheduled date and disabled candidates who require special accommodations to take the test should indicate the need for special arrangements.  Military Service Members: If you apply for an examination during the filing period but are on active military duty on the date of examination is scheduled, you may request a military makeup examination.  Contact Amsterdam Civil Service for more information. If you are on active duty or discharged after the filing period has begun, you may apply for the examination up to ten days before the test date.


Section 23.2 Statement:       This examination will be prepared and rated in accordance with Section 23.2 of the Civil Service Law.  The provisions of New York State Civil Service Law, rules and regulations dealing with the preparation and rating of examinations will apply to this examination.


Multiple Exam Takers:           If you have applied for both State and local government examinations, you must notify Amsterdam Civil Service of your intent to take both a State and a local government examination.  When taking both a State and a local government examination you will be required to take all your examinations at a State examination center.  You will be advised by letter when and whereto report for your examination.

If you have applied for other local examinations examination, call or write to each Civil Service Agency to make arrangements no later than two weeks before the date of examination, as to which test site you will be taking the examination.


Veteran’s Credit:                   Veterans or disabled veterans who are eligible for additional credit must submit an application for veteran’s credit with their application for examination or at any time between the dates of their application for examination and the date of establishment of the resulting eligible list. Applications for veteran’s credit are available from this office.  Veteran’s credits can only be added to a passing score on the examination.


Effective January 1, 1998,the State Constitution was amended to permit a candidate currently in the armed forces to apply for and be conditionally granted veteran’s credit in examinations.  Any candidate who applies for such credit must provide proof of military status to receive the conditional credit.  No credit may be granted after the establishment of the list.  It is the responsibility of the candidate to provide appropriate documentary proof indicating the service was in time of war, as defined in Section 85 of Civil Service Law, and that the candidate received an honorable discharge or was released under honorable conditions in order to be certified at a score including veteran’s credits.


Change of Address:   It is the responsibility of the candidate to notify the Amsterdam Civil Service of any change in name or address for the duration of the eligible list.  No attempt will be made to locate candidates who have moved.


If any emergency prevents you from appearing for the examination, please notify this office (518)841-4341 no later than 9:00 AM on the Monday following the test date, (Tuesday if Monday is a legal holiday) providing verifiable documentation of the reason.  A determination will be made as to if you will be scheduled for an alternate test date.


Application Fee Waiver:       A waiver of application fee will be allowed if you are unemployed and primarily responsible for the support of a household. In addition, a waiver of application fee will be allowed if you determined eligible for Medicaid, or receiving Supplemental Security Income Payments, or Public Assistance (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families/ Family Assistance or Safety Net Assistance) or are certified Job Training Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act eligible through a State or Local Social Service Agency.  All claims for application fee waiver are subject to verification.  If you can verify eligibility for application fee waiver, complete a “Request for Application Fee Waiver and Certification” form and submit it with your application by the close of business on the application deadline as listed on the examination announcement.


Children of Firefighters and Police Officers killed in the line of duty:     In conformance with section 85-a of the Civil Service Law, children of firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty shall be entitled to receive an additional ten points in a competitive examination for original appointment in the same municipality in which his or her parent has served.  If you are qualified to participate in this examination and are a child of a firefighter or police officer killed in the line of duty in this municipality, please inform this office of this matter when you submit your application for examination.  A candidate claiming such credit has a minimum of two months from the application deadline to provide the necessary documentation to verify additional credit eligibility.  However, no credit may be added after the eligible list has been established.


City of Amsterdam/An Equal Opportunity Employer


Civil Service Commission:                             Gary McNeil, Chairman

                                                                       John Mancini, Commissioner

                                                                       Lynn Kot, Commissioner



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    Barbara Partyka
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