Plans Examiner

Website City of Boulder

Overall Job Objective
Under general supervision, to review commercial/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.  This position functions as a member of a team emphasizing a problem-solving orientation, effective communication, high integrity, effective and efficient service to the public and co-workers, and accountability in completion of tasks, and performs related duties as required.

**Open Until Filled**
Duties & Responsibilities
1.   Reviews construction documents included with building permit applications for compliance with adopted Building Codes to include, building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, energy, green building 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 acceptance or rejection 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.
• Review 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.
• Analyzes and determines structural engineering calculations are accurate, and that design assumptions are adequate for local design conditions.
• Evaluate 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, pre-construction 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 code technical resource 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 publications.
• Supports enforcement efforts by analyzing issues and providing documentation for the 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, requirements, opportunities for participation and related matters.
• Answers questions from the public information counter and assists with application intake during peak application periods.

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.
• Organizes, plans and schedules pre-construction meetings when necessary.
• Supports building inspectors and may perform field inspections when needed

4. Facilitates and manages processes and projects.  This may include the following:
• Manages projects involving the periodic review, analyses, and adoption of new building codes and standards, and participates in the associated public review and hearing process.
• Coordinates project activities and tasks, and directs the activities of project team members. Facilitates and supports on going communication processes. Administers training processes, as needed.
• Facilitates processes within groups to explore options, develop consensus, and implement policy directions. This may include making presentations to multi departmental, citizen, or advisory board groups, facilitating meetings, and conducting public hearings.
• Compiles and prepares information or special reports in response to citizen, departmental, or other requests.
• Maintains knowledge of City plans, policies, codes, requirements, community objectives and issues; maintains personal and professional standards of continuous improvement.
• Active participation in professional industry groups and organizations.

5. Responds to fire and other emergencies to assist public safety personnel evaluate building (structural) issues to ensure life safety.

6. Optimizes the use of resources, adheres to the procedures of the work group, departments and City policies.

7. Takes proper safety precautions, anticipates unsafe circumstances, and acts accordingly to prevent accidents.  Responsible for the safety of self, others, materials, and equipment.

8. Performs related duties as required by management to meet the needs of the City.

Generally, duties and responsibilities are listed from most to least critical or time consuming.


Bachelor’s degree in a related field or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
Background in engineering, architecture, planning or construction fields, combined with a minimum of three years of experience with plan review, building construction and/or inspection.
ICC Certified Plans Examiner.
Demonstrated ability to read and interpret architectural and engineering construction drawings, building codes, regulations, specifications, engineering studies, and technical reports.
Demonstrated experience in applying building codes and standards.
Working knowledge of building materials and standards, current construction practices and methods.
Demonstrated ability to assess engineering computations and analysis to check designs for conformance with codes and construction practices.
Demonstrated written communication skills including the ability to prepare clear and concise correspondence, reports and recommendations.
Demonstrated verbal communication skills including process facilitation and presentation skills, and the ability to communicate complex issues with clarity.
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public and co-workers.
Demonstrated ability to work 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.
Valid Colorado driver’s license and acceptable motor vehicle record.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:Demonstrated experience in the application and interpretation of Model Building codes, standards and evaluation reports.
Experience with construction methods and materials.
Computer software experience, including plan review software, permit tracking, word processing, spread sheet and data base applications.
Previous experience in plan review or building inspection with local government.
Certified Combination Inspector.
Registration as a Professional Engineer or Architect in the State of Colorado.
ICC Certified Electrical Plans Examiner.
Certified AICP.

Supplemental Information
WORKING CONDITIONS – Required Physical and Mental Effort, and Environmental Conditions: (In addition to the information listed in the required minimum qualifications section.)

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, and City vehicle.

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

Note:  The above description is illustrative only.  It is not meant to be all-inclusive.
City of Boulder
3065 Center Green Drive

Boulder, Colorado, 80301

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