One and Two Family Plans Examiner

  • 002046

SUMMARY: Under the supervision and authority of the building official, examines building plans for one and two family dwellings and ancillary structures to enforce building, electrical, mechanical, gas, fuel oil and/or plumbing and related codes and standards; informs contractor regarding code requirements; interprets architectural/engineering 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)
  • Reviews applications submitted to the Construction Services Department for compliance with the governing codes and statutes.
  • Documents deficiencies discovered utilizing the City computer database in a concise and understandable manner.
  • Explains complex technical issues in a clear and concise manner to non-technical persons.
  • Communicates effectively the required corrective actions to the Department’s customers.
  • Demonstrates effective stewardship of the resources in time and materials provided by the City.
  • Balances the need for code compliance with customer service.
  • Demonstrates respect the customer’s time and resources in the process.
  • Reviews one and two family dwelling plans to ascertain compliance with applicable building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical and air movement systems (HVAC), energy, and related codes and standards.
  • 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.
  • Proven knowledge of building, electrical, mechanical, and/or plumbing, energy and other codes and regulations affecting one and two family dwellings and ancillary structures.
  • Proven knowledge of the principles and practices of the construction industry.
  • Knowledge of construction and related materials and tools.
  • Proven skills in providing excellent customer service.
  • Skill in the use of a variety of office equipment including personal computers and related software.
  • Skill in reading and interpreting blueprints, codes and regulations.
  • Demonstrated skills in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Effective communicator, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to communicate effectively as well as to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, contractors, and the general public.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves light to moderate generally in an indoor, but occasionally in an outdoor, high rise environment. 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 seven (7) years construction experience, plan review experience with at least three (3) years experience in plan review for one and two family dwellings or any equivalent combination of training and experience. Requires State licensure as a One and Two Family Dwelling Plan Examiner and as a One and Two Family Dwelling Inspector, or ICC certifications as One and Two Family Dweling Plans Examiner and One and Two Family Dwelling Inspector, or equivalent and ability to obtain Florida’s Standard Licenses within two (2) years from date of employment, along with ability to obtain provisional certification 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.

Last revision date: May 2009