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Lead Plans Examiner

Min Hourly Max Hourly Min Monthly Max Monthly Min Salary Max Salary
$26.93 $37.71 $4,667.78 $6,536.27 $56,019.00 $78,426.00


Performs administrative and technical tasks related to assignment and coordination of plan review work flow and work loads. Performs on-site inspections and plan review verification services to ensure compliance with County building codes and applicable state and federal regulations. Develops working relationships with other County departments and outside agencies.


The following statements are illustrative of the duties and responsibilities of the job. The organization retains the right to modify or change the duties and responsibilities of the job at any time.  

  • Receives general guidance from the Chief Building Official.
  • Exercises direct supervision over professional and technical staff.
  • Exercise direct, first-level supervision of positions, employees, operations, and activities with the plans examining function of the Building Department; may include coordinating staff training, assigning and reviewing work, participating in the interview and selection process, making recommendations impacting pay, status, and disciplinary action, evaluating performance independently or in conjunction with a higher-level supervisor/manager, and approving time off.
  • Act as a resource or expert in program area, providing technical guidance to less experienced staff.
  • Assist in the development and coordination of plan review policies, procedures, and programs.
  • Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of staff within the plan review section.
  • Perform plan reviews of complex building plans as needed; perform inspections and special investigations; prepare follow-up correspondence.
  • Assist in technical interpretation of building, mechanical, and plumbing codes for the Building Department.
  • Assist Chief Building Official in developing policy and making situational determinations and recommendations regarding use of alternate building materials or methods of building construction.
  • Assist in establishing and/or coordinating meetings, training, and sharing of resources among other northern Colorado building inspection departments to improve interagency collaboration.
  • Communicate with mortgage companies, realtors, state agencies, and others as necessary to coordinate relevant building inspection services issues.
  • Assist with the County's code amendment and adoption processes as needed; assist in identifying new code requirements for adoption or amendment of existing codes; participate in meetings and presentations concerning proposed code revisions.
  • Respond to complaints and requests for information received by the Building Department; educate contractors, property owners, the public, and County staff regarding the functions and operations of the Building Department and the purpose and application of code regulations.
  • Assist the local fire department with structural and mechanical investigations as needed.
  • May assume duties for the Chief Building Official on a temporary basis and as assigned.
  • Develop and conduct educational and training programs for other agencies as assigned.
  • Assist the Chief Building Official in performing special studies and projects as assigned.
  • Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
  • Principles, practices, and objectives as related to permitting policies and procedures, building code enforcement, building inspection, structural design, and plan review in a plans examination program.
  • Scope and application of laws and regulations pertaining to state and county building codes and ordinances.
  • Supervisory principles, procedures, and methods including selection, training, discipline, and evaluation.
  • Building construction methods, materials, and accepted safety standards.
  • Operation of standard office equipment including fax machines, copiers, and computers.
  • Routine software and business applications including, but not limited to, building and planning applications, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, and databases.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
  • Read and comprehend department and County rules, regulations, policies, and standard operating procedures.
  • Analyze, interpret, and check complex plans, specifications, and calculations.
  • Analyze policies, processes, and procedures relating to the permitting function.
  • Interpret and apply relevant codes, laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Inspect complex buildings.
  • Perform effective public speaking to groups of varied interests and backgrounds.
  • Provide professional customer service to clients and public.
  • Act as an official representative of the County in a professional manner with local, state, and national agencies and organizations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.
  • Effectively respond to conflict situations and people in conflict.
  • Four years of increasingly responsible plan review experience. Experience in permitting, building inspection, building code enforcement, and supervision highly desirable.
  • Equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Building Construction, or a closely related field.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Colorado Driver's License.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, ICC certifications as Plans Examiner and Building Inspector.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain ICC certifications in Plumbing, Mechanical, and Energy Conservation is highly desirable.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, Accessibility Plans Examiner Certification is highly desirable.

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