Job Vacancy Building Plans Examiner The City of Redmond

Job title: Building Plans Examiner

Company: The City of Redmond

Job description: JOIN REDMOND!

The City of Redmond is a thriving, culturally diverse community that is home to over 72,000 residents as well an array of commerce, high technology, and industry. To be consistently recognized as one of the best cities to live in, it takes progressive thinking that balances environmental protection and improving our climate with connected neighborhoods, inclusive practices, and a vibrant economy.

That is why the Building Plans Examiner position is an exciting career opportunity for anyone who is interested in a career in municipal government especially in planning and community development. As a Building Plans Examiner, you will perform reviews of residential, commercial and multi-family construction to assure proper enforcement with applicable building and municipal codes, ordinances, and State laws and regulations. This includes duties such as reviewing construction plans and specifications; verifying accuracy of information, and providing technical support on code interpretation.

As a Building Plans Examiner, you will have a high degree of interaction with the general public, private developers, architects and contractors. You will resolve code issues through answering inquiries either by phone, online correspondence or in person. You will also provide information on interpretation of the code, changes in the code and the permitting procedures to the public, code enforcement staff, and other City staff.

Before we talk more about the position and some of the key skills we’re looking for, we think it’s important you learn more about who we are and what we stand for in the Planning and Community Development department at the City of Redmond.

We work in service of the community. We are responsible not only to the citizens and businesses who call Redmond home today but to future generations. So, our team is unified by the spirit of this principle and apply it to our day-to-day work whether it is answering questions from the community or reviewing long-range plans and making decisions around land-use and building activities that will have far-reaching environmental, social, and economic impacts.

We believe in promoting and developing from within. In our department charter is the promise to our employees that we guarantee to train you to the best of our abilities to be competitive here or at other places so that you can meet your own professional goals.

We embrace and embody cultural humility. Our team is culturally diverse and so we know how the practice of understanding how our personal backgrounds and the backgrounds of others impact and inform our work, civic engagement, and the role of planning and community services.

Depending on experience, this position has a flexible/hybrid option, offering 1-2 days per week of remote/teleworking.


About You:

You have a “How Can I Help” attitude. Whether it’s helping our Planning and Community Development team be successful with serving the needs of building developers, contractors, engineers, and private citizens, or responding to someone’s questions about their project. You are naturally friendly, responsive, and timely in all of your communication and engagement with others, on the phone, in-person, or through email.

You are very well organized and love to keep track of all the details, deadlines, and paperwork. However, you are also able to pivot and change directions even with little information. In other words, you like to keep everything moving along as designed but don’t get ruffled if something needs to change at the last minute.

You are really good at research and staying up on the changes in the field. Codes are being updated regularly and you know that it’s vital to be current on any changes in the field.

You are really good at communicating complex ideas and information with empathy and in a way people can understand. Interpreting codes is challenging and can be frustrating for people to navigate. But you have a gift for walking someone through the process and helping them understand how the codes and regulations apply to their project, even when they are unhappy with the answers.

About the Job:

Here are some of the knowledge, experience, and skills we are looking for:

  • Knowledge and application of building, barrier free, and energy efficiency codes in residential construction
  • Federal, State and City law, regulation and ordinances that governs construction codes
  • Knowledge of methods, practices and materials of building construction
  • Evaluating and determining design compliance
  • Interpretation of building plans, blueprints and diagrams
  • Team building skills including, instruction, problem analysis and decision making, planning and organizing, adaptability/flexibility, stress tolerance and time management
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise written materials for technical review and regulatory code interpretations


Education and Experience

  • Education: Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in building technology, architecture or related field
  • Experience: Three years of experience in architecture, building inspection, construction plans examination, permit approval/processing, records management and code procedure/enforcement;
  • Or any combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the job

Licenses and Certificates

  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License and a driving record that meets city standards
  • International Code Council (ICC) Building Plans Examiner and/or Residential Plans Examiner certification or the ability to obtain within 6 months of hire.
  • This position is currently covered by Redmond City Hall Employee’s Association

Please review the classification description for more information about the knowledge, skills, abilities, working conditions, and physical requirements.


The City of Redmond offers an excellent benefits package including:

  • MEDICAL INSURANCE – Choice of two plans for employees and their eligible dependents: Premera or Kaiser Permanente, all employee premiums paid by the City of Redmond
  • PRESCRIPTION DRUG INSURANCE – Included with each medical plan
  • DENTAL INSURANCE – For employees and their eligible dependents
  • VISION INSURANCE – For employees and their eligible dependents
  • OTHER INSURANCE – Life, accidental death & dismemberment insurance, short and long-term disability, optional employee-paid voluntary life insurance
  • FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNTS – For tax savings on healthcare and dependent care expenses
  • PAID VACATION & HOLIDAYS – with (13) paid holidays per year
  • RETIREMENT PLANS – Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) PERS plus additional options that include: Municipal Employees Benefit Trust (Social Security replacement plan) and MetLife 457 Plan
  • Annual COLA adjustments
  • Annual merit increases of up to 5%

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Selection Process

It is highly encouraged as soon as possible. We will be regularly reviewing applications and contacting top candidates. Once a pool of qualified candidates is identified, this position may be closed prior to the published closing date.

Please include a resume with your application. Please be sure to list or upload copies of all relevant training and certifications on your application.

The City may review existing application pools to fill this position or use this pool to fill future vacancies. The City is accepting applications from internal and external applicants.

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Benefit rates are subject to change without notice due to federal and state mandates and contractual changes as applicable.

Expected salary: $81168 – 109596 per year

Location: Redmond, WA

Job date: Sat, 02 Jul 2022 01:27:50 GMT

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