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Under general supervision, reviews plans and specifications for compliance with codes and ordinances, meets and confers with the applicants at the permit services counter. Reviews building plans and specification for construction, improvement, repair and change of use; performs related work as assigned. Responds to inquire from the public; and assists at the public counter in issuing permits and other duties as required.

Class Characteristics:

This is a journey level classification in which incumbents are fully qualified to review and check plans and specifications for compliance with building codes and ordinances, to provide technical advice to the public at the permit counter, and to answer code related questions over the telephone. The incumbent in this position uses considerable independent judgment in performing daily duties. This class is distinguished from the Senior Plan Check Engineer in that the latter has responsibility for supervision of the plans examination unit and permit counter staff and as an Engineer, performs the more complex review work, including seismic analysis.

Examples of Key Duties:

  • Examines plans and specifications of commercial, industrial, public or other major developments to ensure compliance with building codes and ordinances;
  • Advises architects, designers, contractors and developers on code and design requirements;
  • Assists building inspectors on difficult or unusual code requirements for major structures;
  • Prepares and maintains records of plan checking procedures;
  • Assists in the supervision and training of Permit Specialist and Office Specialists and Office Technicians as necessary;
  • Reviews plans for compliance with the Title 24 Energy Conservation and Disabled Access Regulations;
  • Issues Permits and performs all functions necessary on the computer systems used by the Building Division;
  • Answers inquiries from the public relating to the regulations for building and housing construction, remodeling and repair, including structural, nonstructural, plumbing, mechanical, electrical and zoning matters;
  • Handles public complaints; provides information on departmental policies and functions;
  • Maintains property record files, permit files and retrieves information from the files for the public and for division personnel;
  • Meets with the homeowners, architects, engineers, and contractors and their representatives to explain the code requirements;
  • Assists the inspectors in the field as assigned;
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Note: The level and scope of the knowledge and skills listed below are related to job duties as defined under Class Characteristics.

Education and Experience:

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities is:

Graduation from college with a degree in Engineering and one year experience plan checking building plans for code compliance.
Equivalent to graduation from high school and completion of two (2) years of college majoring in a physical science and two (2) years experience plan checking plans for building code compliance.

Knowledge of: (at entry)
  • Basic knowledge of building codes, building materials, construction methods and other related codes;
  • Blueprint reading and complex regulations;
  • Federal, state and municipal codes and regulations governing housing and building construction, rehabilitation, alteration, and use and occupancy;
  • Appropriate fire resistive construction and building methods.
Skill in: (at entry)
  • Reviewing building plans for permit issuance, answering inquiries and complaints from the public regarding code requirements;
  • Following oral and written directions;
  • Dealing tactfully and effectively with a variety of individuals, including property owners, contractors, architects, engineers and co-workers;
  • Making accurate determination of the building area, the fees and assembling requirements of other departments;
  • Use safe work practices;
  • Prepare accurate and precise reports;
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Other Requirements:
  • Must possess a valid California driver's license and have a satisfactory driving record.
  • A certificate as a Plans Examiner from the International Code Council (or equivalent) is required within one year of appointment to this position.

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