Residential Building and/or Zoning Plans Examiner (entry level) – Community Planning and Development

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Are you passionate about doing work that matters and making a difference and protecting the health, safety and welfare of our communities? Are you looking for a unique opportunity that allows you to be a part of the City’s growth and have an impact on our built environment?  The City and County of Denver’s Community Planning and Development Department (CPD) is seeking a highly motivated and organized Residential Building and/or Zoning Plans Review Examiner (entry level)  with building and/or zoning code plan review experience to join our Residential Plan Review Team in the Development Services Division. This is an entry level position with excellent growth potential, and a great way to get your foot in the door with the City. We offer w excellent work/life balance, unmatched benefits, and a pension plan for life!  Apply today!


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The City and County of Denver’s Community Planning and Development Department (CPD) is responsible for visionary city planning and ensuring safe, responsible, sustainable building. CPD works with Denver’s communities to prepare plans, as well as regulations for land use and design, that guide the city’s growth, enhancement, and preservation. Our staff also reviews, permits, and inspects development applications to ensure that future construction meets the community-led regulations laid out in Denver’s zoning codes as well as meets the rigorous standards of the city’s building, fire, and energy codes. We’re working hard to make Denver a great place to live, work and play! Visit



The work assigned to the Residential Plans Review Examiner may include performing building and/or zoning code plan review for a limited range of permit applications of minor scope and complexity for one- and two-family residential units, performing zone lot verification reviews, processing demolition permits for all construction types, providing front line services to residential customers, and responding to code and process questions.


Schedule: Hybrid, at least 3 days in office per week.


Key responsibilities may include:

Reviews a limited range of building and/or zoning permit applications of minor scope and complexity for the construction of one- and two-family residential buildings and associated accessory structures
Reviews total demolition applications and issues demolition permits for all construction types
Conducts zoning and building records research to verify zone lots, and existing permitted uses and structures; Performs the zone lot verification review which includes records management for simultaneous reviews and right-of-way dedications
Reviews, examines, and interprets a wide range of construction documents and permit application materials for compliance with applicable codes, policies, and standards which may include the Denver Building and Fire Code, International Residential Code, International Energy Conservation Code, The Denver Zoning Code, and Former Chapter 59 (the “old” Zoning Code)
Generates plan review notices (comment letters) that clearly outline deficiencies in the permit application submittal and the corrections that are required to demonstrate compliance.  Comments should reference an applicable code and code section
Updates the permitting system, Accela, according to department procedures and policies, including but not limited to creating and filling out permits, relating records, updating workflow, and invoicing fees
Assists one- and two-family customers with inquiries at the residential permit counter, via pre-application meetings, and via the general residential phone number and email.  This involves advising contractors, architects, engineers, builders, homeowners, and the public on the permitting process and code requirements
Interprets and explains a wide range of code requirements, permit application procedures, policies, and standards to the public, professional design consultants, project managers, contractors, city managers, and elected officials
Performs other related duties as assigned
About You
Research shows that women and people of color are less likely to apply for a position if they do not meet almost 100% of the desired skills. Please note this is not necessary. If you meet the minimum requirements and have a passion for the work, you are encouraged to apply!


Our ideal candidate will possess some or all of the following:

Bilingual, Spanish-speaking preferred
Experience reviewing and examining construction documents for conformance with either building code or zoning code regulations
For applicants with a building code background:

Certification from the International Code Council as a Residential Plans Examiner or Building Plans Examiner
Experience in Architecture, Engineering, Building Construction, Inspections, or Construction Project Management
For applicants with a planning or zoning code background:

Experience in Planning, Architecture, or Engineering
Proficient with using Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, Bluebeam, Adobe Acrobat, and experience using electronic permitting systems and programs, such as Accela
Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills
Ability to communicate effectively – verbally and in writing
Efficiently demonstrates excellent time/work management skills
Problem solver that can envision various outcomes and plan accordingly to mitigate risky outcomes
Strong attention to detail, highly organized, self-motivated, and motivated to help others
We realize your time is valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications:

Education Requirement:  Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management, Engineering, Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, or a related field
Experience Requirement:  Two (2) years of plans review experience reviewing blueprints and plans for zoning and construction projects with regard to the compliance of zoning and construction codes and regulations
Education & Experience Requirement:  One (1) year of the appropriate type and level of experience may be substituted for each required year of post-high school education
Additional appropriate education may be substituted for the minimum experience requirements
To be considered for this position, you must include the following on your job application (upload the attachments to the Resume/CV section on the My Experience tab):

Cover Letter (preferred)
Unsure if you meet the minimum qualifications? See more information below to help you understand if you qualify.


When determining if a candidate meets the minimum qualifications for a job, we take into account both their education and experience. We offer flexibility with education and experience equivalency to ensure a fair evaluation of all candidates.


Here’s how we count education and experience:

Education to Years of Experience conversion:

Associate’s degree = 2 years
Bachelor’s degree = 4 years
Master’s degree = 2 years (in addition to a Bachelor’s degree)
Juris degree = 2 years (in addition to a Master’s degree)
Years of Experience to Education substitution:

If a degree is required but not possessed by the candidate, additional relevant experience can be used in place of the degree (e.g., 4 additional years of experience for a required Bachelor’s degree)
If a degree is not required, but you possess one, it can be counted as additional experience
If a Bachelor’s degree is required, a Master’s or Juris degree can be used toward experience
Please note that the type of experience that qualifies for equivalency will need to match the type of experience listed in the minimum qualifications
Please note: depending on the position, the degree may be required to be in a relevant field to the position you are applying for in order to substitute as experience

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