Plans Examiner Job description

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Under the general supervision of the Code Compliance Director, performs skilled technical work in the review of applications for permits for conformance with applicable codes and City ordinances. The codes include, but are not limited to Florida Building, Plumbing, Gas, Mechanical, National Electrical, and NFPA Life Safety Codes. Incumbent must be familiar with city ordinances that apply. Work is assigned orally and in writing and is reviewed through observation, conferences, and results obtained. Performs other duties as requested.




Reviews applications for permits and insures completeness. Prices out all required permits using the applicable ordinances.

Uses standard procedures to review all plans for conformance to codes and ordinances.

Reviews new materials, devices, products, and construction methods to maintain currency.

Answers questions concerning applicable codes, either at the counter or by phone.



Develops training programs for inspectors and department personnel.

Performs occasional field checks when necessary.




A high school diploma or G.E.D. required. Must possess and maintain a valid State of Florida Driver’s License, or possess a valid out of state driver’s license and obtain the State of Florida within 10 days of employment. Must demonstrate five years of construction related experience in one of the following disciplines: building, mechanical, plumbing, or electrical. Individuals hired under the provisional license option must obtain a provisional license as a Plans Examiner issued by the State of Florida within 120 days of hire date and obtain a Plans Examiner License issued by the State of Florida within one year of hire date as a condition of continued employment. Must obtain additional Standard Certification as Building, Plumbing, Electrical, or Mechanical Plans Examiner within 3 years of hire date through the State of Florida, Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Certification by the Office of the State Fire Marshal as a Municipal Fire Safety Inspector or the ability to obtain certification.

Please note: In order to take the examination for a Plans Examiner license, you must meet the requirements outlined in Florida Statute 468.609.


Knowledge of the methods and practices used in the construction industry.

Knowledge of City codes and ordinances as they relate to the building, planning and zoning function.

Knowledge of new materials, devices, products, and methods of construction as they become available.

Skill in dealing tactfully, firmly, and impartially with owners, builders, and contractors on inspection and regulatory requirements.

Ability to follow oral and written instructions.

Ability to carry out specialized office procedures involving the processing of building permits.

Ability to read and interpret codes and ordinances.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with owners, builders, contractors, other employees, and the general public.


Ability to see and read letters, numbers, words, characters or symbols which are both large and small.

Ability to use a computer keyboard and type at a specific rate of speed which requires the use of fingers and hands.

Ability to hear, speak and understand conversation in English in a normal tone of voice and with an accent. Use of sense which include sight and hearing.

Ability to lift, carry, push or pull items which may weigh between one and 50 lbs.

Ability to carry items from one point to the other for a distance which may range from less than 10 feet to not more than 300 yards.

Ability to bend, kneel, or squat and stay that way for periods between one and ten minutes.

Ability to move back and forth and sideways while in a bending, kneeling, or squatting position.

Ability to carry on conversations with public and other staff members.

Ability to work in a busy environment and around noise.

This job description is not intended to be and should not be construed as an all inclusive list of all the responsibilities, skills or working conditions associated with the position. While it is intended to accurately reflect the position activities and requirements, management reserves the right to modify, add or remove duties and assign other duties as necessary. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

Revision Date - 4/21/14