Building Plans Examiner I

  • 002127

SUMMARY: Under the authority and supervision of the building official, examines building plans to enforce structural, disabled access, means of egress, energy efficiency, fire resistivity and other areas of the structural codes; informs contractor regarding code requirements; interprets architectural drawings; and performs related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge skills, and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (which are not in any hierarchical order)
  • Review applications submitted to the Construction Services Department for compliance with the governing codes and statutes.
  • Document deficiencies discovered utilizing the City computer database in a concise and understandable manner.
  • Communicate effectively the required corrective actions to the Department’s customers.
  • Demonstrate effective stewardship of the resources in time and materials provided by the City.
  • Balance the need for code compliance with customer service.
  • Respect the customer’s time and resources.
  • Reviews plans to ascertain compliance with applicable building, roofing, energy, disabled access, and related codes.
  • Answers questions in person and on the phone regarding plans and code requirements.
  • Researches codes for approval or disapproval of submitted plans, especially in unusual or unique installations.
  • Drafts correspondence explaining reasons a plan was disapproved.
  • Files new and completed plans.
  • Reviews new materials and methods used in building construction; attends training courses to learn of new codes and other inspection regulations; takes an active part in the training process.
  • May perform inspections as required, with appropriate licensure.
  • Knowledge of building, roofing, energy, and disabled access codes and regulations affecting work.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of the construction industry.
  • Knowledge of construction and related materials and tools.
  • Skill in providing good customer service.
  • Skill in the use of a variety of office equipment including personal computers and related software.
  • Skill in reading and interpreting blueprints.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves moderate to heavy work generally in an outdoor setting. There is frequent need to stand, walk, sit, talk or hear, use hands, climb kneel, stoop, lift (up to 50 pounds) and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. The City of West Palm Beach promotes and maintains a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment and random drug testing for certain employees.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: High School Diploma and five (5) years construction experience, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. Requires State licensure pursuant to FS468 as a Building Plans Examiner and as a Building Inspector, or ability to attain licensure within one (1) year of date of employment, along with ability to obtain provisional licensure at the time of hire. A valid Florida driver’s license is required; a valid driver’s license from any state (equivalent to a State of Florida Class E) may be utilized upon application; with the ability to obtain the State of Florida driver’s license within 30 days from day of appointment.

FLSA Code: Non Exempt
Last revision date: July 2011
Overtime: Yes
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