Senior Plans Examiner (Building Code Compliance Senior Examiner)

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The City of Boulder requires all employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

The City of Boulder is a great place to live, work, grow and play.

With over 300 miles of dedicated bikeways and more than 150 miles of hiking trails, Boulder values active lifestyles and access to nature.  Forty-six thousand acres of protected land provide open space for passive recreation, natural environments, and a green belt around the city.  With world class restaurants and art and music venues, The City of Boulder values diverse culture.

Respect is one of our five City Values (including Customer Service, Collaboration, Integrity and Innovation) and we are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. We celebrate and support our differences across all spectrums, including but not limited to ethnicity, gender, age, disability and sexuality. Through our focus on Racial Equity, our employee benefits, and the many programs resources we offer our staff, we continually strive to weave respect for one another into the fabric of our organization.

Add your voice and talents to the City of Boulder and help us grow in service excellence for an inspired future.

The starting pay for this position is $74,360 – $90,792 annually, commensurate with experience.


Under general supervision, to review industrial, commercial and residential construction documents for conformance with city codes and provide the public and city staff with technical assistance and information regarding construction codes and standards pertaining to code compliance of structures within the city and to function as a member of a team emphasizing a problem­solving orientation, effective communication, high integrity, effective and efficient service to the public and co­workers, and accountability in completion of tasks.


Customer Focus: Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; gets first­hand customer information and uses it for improvements in products and services; acts with customers in mind; promotes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect.

Time Management: Uses time effectively and efficiently; values time; concentrates efforts on the more important priorities, gets more done in less time than others; can attend to a broader range of activities.

Written Communication: Writes clearly and succinctly in a variety of communication settings and styles; communicates to have the desired effect.

Peer Relationships: Finds common ground and solves problems in a respectful manner; represents own opinion while respecting the opinions of others; solves problems with peers with a minimum of noise; is a team player and is cooperative; easily gains trust and support of peers; encourages collaboration; is candid with peers.

Dealing with Ambiguity: Effectively copes with change; shifts gears comfortably.


1. Reviews construction documents included with building permit applications for compliance with adopted Building Codes to include, building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, energy, and gas regulations and standards. This includes the following:

Application completeness check and follow up with the applicant or design professional by phone, written correspondence, assistance meeting or combination of any or all methods. Determines approval or denial of building permit applications based on review.
Informs project applicants of city requirements, processes, and deadlines, from time of initial contact to completion of the project.
Reviews construction design specifications and calculations for compliance with engineering, zoning and building provisions, and consult with the designer to clarify or make corrections as necessary.
Reviews include all life-safety aspects of structural and architectural designs, mechanical systems, plumbing systems, gas systems, electrical systems, accessibility requirements and wildland urban interface regulations.
Analyzes and determines structural engineering calculations are accurate, and that design assumptions are adequate for local design conditions.
Evaluates alternative materials or construction methods and report findings to the Chief Building Official for determination of equivalency.
Verifies construction valuation to determine appropriate building permits fees.
Records review comments, special reports, correspondence, approvals, pre­construction meeting results and decisions in the permit tracking data system.
Reviews amendments or addenda on resubmittals and field changes for approval and documentation.

2. Serves as a technical resource for the International Codes and Energy Code for customers and staff. This includes the following:

Provides technical and administrative support to Project Specialists, Engineering Review staff and Zoning Administrator.
Makes determinations regarding customer and staff inquiries about project applications, codes, processes, building construction, and other permit or business process related matters.
Participates in the development and maintenance of operational procedures, departmental policies, public information, customer self-help materials, permit applications and associated documents.
Supports enforcement efforts by analyzing issues and providing documentation for City Attorney’s Office and enforcement staff, and testifies in court as necessary.
May attend public meetings, to aid in issues identification, and provide information to the community about applicable city processes, building codes requirements, opportunities for participation and related matters.

3. Coordinates with other review and permitting staff to facilitate and implement project review and construction completion. This includes the following:

Interacts with professional engineers, architects, contractors, and permit applicants to discuss and resolve design issues.
Works with applicants to make changes in project applications necessary to comply with community plans, policies, codes and criteria, while respecting the needs and objectives of the applicant.



ICC or Legacy certification as a commercial plans examiner, accessibility plans examiner and three other certifications; and a minimum of five years of professionally responsible experience.  Or, equivalent combination of education and/or experience.

Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of engineering principles, construction standards and practices, and design guidelines.  Demonstrated ability to read and interpret architectural and engineering and construction drawings, surveys, plats, engineering studies and technical reports, design manuals, codes, and regulations.  Demonstrated analytical, organization, problem-solving and time management skills.  Demonstrated written communication skills including the ability to prepare clear and concise written correspondence, reports, and recommendations.  Demonstrated verbal communication skills including process facilitation and presentation skills, strong public communication skills, and the ability to communicate complex issues with clarity.

Demonstrated skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships at all levels of the organization.  Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision, to assume responsibility, to prioritize and resolve problems, to work under pressure, to pay close attention to detail, to coordinate tasks to completion and provide quality control for responsiveness and customer satisfaction.  Demonstrated ability to use microcomputers for review processes and functions.  Valid driver’s license. Have and maintain an acceptable motor vehicle record.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS – In addition to the required minimum qualifications:

Candidates for Building Plans Examiner may possess desired qualifications in any one of the following:

Associates degree in Construction Management or Technology, ICC or Legacy certification as a Building Official.
Current license as a Professional Engineer.
Current license as a Professional Architecture.
Desired qualifications applicable to all candidates for Building Plans Examiner are:

Experience with administration of codes and regulations. Experience with an environmentally sensitive and/or university community.  Experience with or knowledge of ArcView, Microsoft Office, and EnerGov tracking software.

WORKING CONDITIONS – Required Physical and Mental Effort, and Environmental Conditions:

Physical and Mental Effort: Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing or other communication capabilities that permits the employee to communicate effectively on the telephone and in person.  Sufficient vision or other powers of observation that permits the employee to review, evaluate and prepare a variety of written documents and materials.  Sufficient manual dexterity that permits the employee to operate computer equipment and other office equipment.  Sufficient personal mobility and physical reflexes, which permits the employee to work in an office setting.  Work may include extended periods of time viewing a computer video monitor and/ or operating a keyboard.  Ability to work under stress from demanding deadlines, public contact, and changing priorities and conditions.

Work Environment: Works primarily in a clean, comfortable environment. Works in a setting subject to continuous interruptions and background noises.

Machines and equipment used include, but are not limited to the following: Frequently uses standard office equipment including personal computers, telephones, calculators and copy/fax machines.

ACCOMMODATIONS:  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

The City of Boulder provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.

City of Boulder
1136 Alpine Ave

Boulder, Colorado, 80304
Phone 303-441-3070


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