Chief Building Plans Examiner

  • 002205


SUMMARY: Under limited supervision, supervises plans examiners and reviews plans to enforce building, electrical, mechanical, and/or plumbing and fire sprinkler, zoning, disabled access and related codes within area of certification; 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.)


  1. Supervises Plans Examiners, by directing duties and assignments, monitoring progress, scheduling and evaluating work. Trains new plans examiners.
  2. Reviews plans to ascertain compliance with applicable building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical and/or zoning, energy, disabled access and related codes.
  3. Answers questions of staff and the public regarding plans and code requirements.
  4. Researches codes for approval or disapproval of submitted plans, especially in unusual or unique installations.
  5. Communicates with permit applicants verbally and in writing explaining disapproval of plan(s).
  6. Reviews new materials and methods used in building construction; attends training courses to learn new codes and other inspection regulations; takes an active part in the training process.
  7. May perform inspections as required, with appropriate licensure.

  • Knowledge of building, electrical, mechanical, and/or plumbing, zoning, energy and disabled access codes and regulations affecting work.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices in the construction industry.
  • Knowledge of construction and related materials and tools.
  • Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles.
  • 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 communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves moderate to heavy work generally in an indoor setting. There is frequent need to stand, walk, sit, talk or hear, use hands, climb, kneel, stoop and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: High School diploma and five (5) years of construction experience, including plan review and code compliance experience including one (1) year lead or supervisory experience, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. This position requires state licensure as a Building, Residential and Commercial Electrical, Mechanical or Plumbing Plans Examiner within one (1) year of hiring. A valid Florida driver’s license is required.
FLSA Code: N/E
Last revision date: October 2001
Overtime: Yes
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