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MSD seeks to hire Plans Examiner

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Under the general supervision of the Chief Building Official, the Plans Examiner examines and reviews plans, specifications, and documents submitted for building permits to ensure compliance with current codes, ordinances, zoning, and State amendment requirements. The Plans Examiner issues building permits and completes field inspections on buildings and structures as required to verify code compliance.


Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in closely related field, plus four (3) years of related experience. Master’s degree preferred. Experience includes drafting techniques, symbols and abbreviations; basic principles of structural design and engineering mathematics; principles and procedures of record keeping and reporting; zoning ordinances, general construction practices and materials, etc.

An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.

Must possess a driver’s license.


The following duties and responsibilities are intended to be representative of the work performed by the employee in this position and are not all-inclusive. The omission of specific duties and responsibilities will not preclude it from the position.

Applicants must be prepared to demonstrate the ability to perform the essential functions of the job with or without a reasonable accommodation.

  • Examines, reviews, and confirms that all building plans and documents submitted for building permits are in compliance with current building codes, county building ordinances and adopted state amendments. Documents review results and follows through with re-checks and additional documentation submittals.
  • Calculates and verifies required building permit information, such as square footages, occupant loads, valuation, fees, and other information required for the building permit.
  • Reviews the building permit application for completeness and accuracy and issues building permits.
  • Works with Planners and other agencies to verify submitted plans meet use and zoning regulations and requirements.
  • Participates in zoning application review processes.
  • Reviews business license applications for type of occupancy and potential building code issues.
  • Explains, discusses, and interprets building codes to builders, architects, engineers, other agencies, or the general public, to ensure understanding of the purpose and intent of the building code requirements as they relate to both new and existing structures.
  • Handles building code questions from public through front counter interaction, phone calls, and e-mails.
  • Works with field building inspectors to ensure compliance on both ongoing and future building permits.
  • Maintains current construction industry knowledge as it relates to building codes.
  • Performs other duties as needed or assigned.


Knowledge of:

  • Reading and interpreting blueprints
  • International Building, Residential, Mechanical, Plumbing, Fuel Gas, Energy, and other applicable codes
  • National Electrical Code
  • Other adopted or applicable codes
  • Drafting techniques, symbols, and abbreviations
  • Engineering mathematics
  • Structural design
  • General construction practices and materials
  • Basic principles of structural design and engineering mathematics
  • Principles and procedures of record keeping and reporting
  • Zoning ordinances
  • Modern office software and equipment
  • Local government functions
  • Local and state legislative processes
  • Project management

Skills and Abilities to:

  • Maintain records and reports
  • Interpret and apply codes judiciously and consistently
  • Maintain current construction industry knowledge as it relates to building codes
  • Resolve conflicts and solve problems
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, managers, employees, other agencies, and the public
  • Computer literate with expert command of standard office tools, such as Microsoft Office Suite


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Work in a wide variation of conditions, from a typical office setting to field work.  Must be able to attend evening meetings and some weekend events if necessary.
  • Exposure to hazards associated with construction sites.
  • Work in all weather conditions and be able to walk/hike up hills that may or may not have established trails.
  • Work with and professionally handle intermittent exposure to stress as a result of human behavior. 
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to feel attributes of objects, sit for long periods of time, talk, hear, grasp, push, stand, walk, drive, reach with hands/arms, stoop, kneel, and use repetitive wrist, hand and/or finger movement.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Plans Examiner Salary Range:

  • Minimum Salary $54,288; Maximum Salary $78,624 annually


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