YAKIMA COUNTY, WASHINGTON

CLASS SPECIFICATION

CLASS TITLE: Plans Examiner

BAND:

B

B

GRADE:

2

3

SUBGRADE:

5

2

CLASS CODE:

6225

DEPARTMENT:

Public Works-

Permit Services

ACCOUNTABLE TO:

Administrative Supervisor

 

OVERTIME STATUS:

Non-Exempt

 

JOB SUMMARY:

Incumbents are responsible for reviewing plans and related documents as proposed for building construction, alteration, or repair in conformance with State and local building and fire ordinances, codes and regulations; and for explaining code applicability to the public.

 

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:

The Plans Examiner classification is the third level of a four-level building inspection classification series. The Plans Examiner classification is distinguished from the Permit Technician classification by the greater complexity of review duties; from the Building Inspector classification by the absence of on-site construction inspection and review responsibility; and from the Development Services Supervisor classification by the absence of supervisory responsibility.

     

DUTY

NO.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES: (These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.)

BAND/

GRADE

1.

Examines plans for accuracy, completeness and conformance to codes including plumbing, building, mechanical, zoning and energy codes and ordinances. Makes recommendations for compliance.

B2

2.

Explains code applicability to the public in person and over the phone. Responds to inquiries from the public, contractors, engineers and architects regarding building codes, code interpretation and construction problems.

B2

3.

Studies construction methods and codes; researches and writes code interpretations.

B2

4.

Develops, implements and adjusts fee collection structures for the permit, citation and plan check programs.

B2

5.

Prepares and maintains adequate records to ensure documentation of building permit information, authorizations and plans; enters technical data into the computer.

A1

6.

Performs other duties as required.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knowledge of: (position requirements at entry):

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices, methods and techniques of code administration and enforcement;
  • Applicable local, state and federal building, plumbing, energy, mechanical, and/or fire codes, ordinances, laws and regulations;
  • Construction terminology and practices and basic building design and construction methods;
  • Basic mathematical calculations;
  • Legal processes involved in the enforcement of applicable codes and ordinances; and
  • Customer service techniques.
   
 

Skills (position requirements at entry):

Skill in:

  • Using personal computers and related software applications, measuring devises such as tapes, levels and transits; and operating basic office equipment;
  • Understanding, interpreting and applying policies, laws, codes and ordinances;
  • Understanding and interpreting construction plans, diagrams, blue prints, maps and specifications;
  • Preparing and presenting oral and written reports and writing correspondence;
  • Maintaining records and bookkeeping;
  • Making and communicating recommendations for improvements and compliance
  • Establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal relationships with County and other officials, at all organizational levels and with the public; and
  • Communications, oral and written, sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.
 

Training and Experience (position requirements at entry):

High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.) plus five years of construction management, architectural design or engineering experience supplemented by coursework in mapping, design, engineering and building codes; or an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides knowledge, skills and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.

 

Licensing Requirements (position requirements at entry):

None required.

ICBO certification as a Plans Examiner required within one year of appointment.

 

Physical Requirements:

Positions in this class typically require: stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, mobility, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

Incumbents may be subject to travel or exposure to potentially hostile individuals.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

 

Classification History:

Draft prepared by Fox Lawson & Associates LLC

Date: 5/98 Revised: 1/1/99