Residential Plans Examiner

City of Redmond

Redmond, OR United States

Essential Job Functions:

  • Resolves complex technical issues by recommending or approving modifications and alternate materials or methods of construction as appropriate; responds to inquiries from customers regarding issues relating to plan reviews of one- and two-family dwellings; maintains workload and workflow statistics.
  • Performs plan review of residential plans for compliance with state and local codes; including structural, mechanical, fire and life safety and fire protection systems plans.
  • Performs building inspections on an as-needed basis.
  • Responds to telephone and personal contact from contractors, designers, architects, engineers, and the public on issues related to codes and standards associated with development proposals and integrates the City’s Visions & Values into their interactions with customers
  • Provides technical interpretations of code issues and requirements and recommends solutions to complex issues of compliance.
  • Assists other divisions and departments as required.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Mandatory Requirements:
High school diploma, or GED equivalent, possession of State of Oregon Residential Plans Examiner certification or equivalent International Code Council certifications and an accompanying Oregon Inspector Certification upon hire date.

Special Requirements/Licenses:
Possession of valid Oregon drivers’ license, or within thirty (30) days of hire. Must have a safe driving record.

Desirable Requirements:
Possession of current Oregon Residential Structural Inspector certification, Residential Mechanical Inspector certification, Residential Plumbing Inspector and Residential Electrical Inspector desired. Possession of Oregon A-Level Structural Inspector certification, A-Level Mechanical, A-Level Structural Plans Examiner, or International Code Council certification equivalent desired.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of state residential structural, mechanical, and related fire codes and standards; knowledge of applicable city codes, regulations, and policies; knowledge of construction practices, engineering concepts and architectural principles; knowledge of building plan review, permitting and inspection processes; knowledge of computer software applicable to the work; knowledge of modern office practices and procedures.

Skill in performing complex plan reviews; skill in reading and interpreting complex codes and standards; skill in providing technical guidance; skill in prioritizing work and establishing work plans; skill in utilizing a computer in the course of work; skill in analyzing data and preparing reports.

Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Supervision Received:
Work is performed under the general supervision of the Building Official who holds the employee accountable for achieving department goals and objectives.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
This position is not a supervisory position. Employee may assist in direction, guidance, or training in operational procedures to other employees.

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

While performing the duties of this job in the office environment, the employee is frequently required to sit, walk, and talk or hear, use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. When assigned field inspections, the employee may also be required to work under uncomfortable outdoor conditions in all kinds of weather for extended periods of time, to walk in rough terrain, stoop, bend, and crawl, use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to twenty-five (25) pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Requires frequent use of personal computer, including word processing, database, internet, and spreadsheet programs; calculator, telephone, copy machine, fax machine, inspection vehicle, small tools such as tape measures and screwdrivers.

Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work is performed indoors and outdoors where some safety considerations exist from moving equipment and unstable surfaces.


Experience Level
Mid I (1-4 years)
AICP Level
Housing Policy, Design, or Implementation
Salary Range
$5,529-$6,796 monthly

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