A government employee
charged with the enforcement of building safety codes
In most jurisdictions, it is necessary to obtain a building permit prior to the construction or major renovation of any building. These permits are generally issued by the Chief building official, or one of her charges after a plan review and the payment of a plan-check and permit fee.
These officials interpret various building and safety codes as may be officially adopted by the jurisdiction, such as the Uniform Building Code or the International Building Code.
The typical responsibilities of a building official might include performing site inspections, issuing and checking construction permits, performing plan checks, and issuing citations to property owners for failure to follow the codes.