Job Vacancy Commercial Building Plans Examiner City of Raleigh

Job title: Commercial Building Plans Examiner

Company: City of Raleigh

Job description: Job Description

This position is being re-advertised. Candidates who have previously submitted an application do not need to reapply.

Incumbents provide advanced, skilled reviews of buildings, building systems, and/or structural plans for compliance with building codes, laws, and regulations and may serve as a technical resource and/or lead over other staff conducting plan reviews and/or inspections. Incumbents are required to be certified as a Building Code Enforcement Officer and preferred to have certifications in other trades as well (Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical, and Fire) but not required. As assigned, incumbents may serve as lead workers, assigning work and monitoring work completion.

Hiring Range: $52,000.00 – $74,000.00 (promotional range may vary)

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Performs advanced technical commercial plans review for new or existing buildings, structures and/or building systems to determine compliance with applicable building codes, laws, and regulations; review plans for renovations, alterations, additions, and/or field revisions; research project-related information; reviews submittals and makes approval/denial decisions. May serve as lead worker, assigning work and monitoring work completion.
  • Gathers and documents details of plans/submittal review; determines compliance and Issues permits based upon approved plans.
  • On occasion, may perform field evaluations and investigations; performs research and reviews equipment specifications; consults with design professionals; determines and documents compliance issues.
  • Provides technical expertise, advice and guidance related to Building code compliance questions and interpretations; provides communications and customer support to permit applicants and other stakeholders; coordinates reviews with other departments; recommends alternatives and solutions for maintaining compliance.
  • Maintains records, files and documentation of code information, resources, and code changes.
  • Identifies, develops, implement, and maintains processes and practices that encourage, support, and promote effective, comprehensive, and meaningful citizen engagement.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature and level as assigned.

Typical Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in building construction or related field and two years of code enforcement and/or inspection experience.


An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above, unless otherwise subject to any other requirements set forth in law or regulation.


  • Licensure in Building Code Enforcement (additional trades preferred).
  • North Carolina Level III Inspection and/or Plans Examiner certification in Building or equivalent.
  • Valid North Carolina Class C Driver’s License with a satisfactory driving record.

Additional Information

Knowledge of:

  • Practices and methods of coaching and leading the work of others (based on assignment).
  • Techniques and methods for organizing, prioritizing, assigning and monitoring work (based on assignment).
  • Principles and practices of program administration and management.
  • Principles and methods of qualitative and quantitative research.
  • Principles and applications of critical thinking and analysis.
  • Principles, practices and methods of specialized trades work of assigned area.
  • Best practices, trends and emerging technologies.
  • Business math concepts.
  • Research methods.
  • Applicable federal, state and local laws, codes, regulations (based on assignment).
  • Customer service principles.
  • Specialized equipment relevant to area of assignment.
  • Modern office technology.

Skill in:

  • Training and coaching staff (based on assignment).
  • Coordinating deadlines, prioritizing work demands and assigning/monitoring work performed (based on assignment).
  • Performing technical plans review and inspections to determine building/building system code compliance.
  • Researching industry trends, solutions, and best practices.
  • Gathering data, analyzing findings, and applying logic and reason.
  • Interpreting, monitoring, and reporting technical information and statistics.
  • Compiling and sorting data and articulating issues and recommendations.
  • Coordinating deadlines and prioritizing competing demands.
  • Identifying alternate solutions to building code compliance issues.
  • Providing interpretation and technical advice related to regulations and trade specialty area. Organizing tasks, meeting deadlines, and prioritizing competing demands.
  • Providing directions to others to meet standards.
  • Providing attention to detail in assignments.
  • Business math computations.
  • Organizing and maintaining records and files.
  • Maintaining and updating data and documentation.
  • Comprehending reference books and manuals.
  • Operating assigned tools and equipment.
  • Interpreting and applying applicable laws, codes, regulations, and standards (based on assignment).
  • Providing customer service.
  • Utilizing a computer and relevant software applications. ? Utilizing communication and interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisors, the public and others to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.

ADA and Other Requirements:

Positions in this class typically require: stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

Medium Work:

Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Working Conditions:

Work is performed in both the field and in an indoor office environment with frequent exposure to hazardous physical conditions (such as mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibration, etc.); frequent exposure to atmospheric conditions (such as fumes, odors, dusts, gases, poor ventilation, etc.); moderate exposure to hazardous materials (such as chemicals, blood and other body fluids); frequent exposure to environmental conditions (such as disruptive people, imminent danger, or a threatening environment); frequent exposure to extreme temperatures, inadequate lighting and movement restrictions; and moderate exposure intense noise or travel.


This job classification description is intended to be generic in nature. It is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. The essential duties, functions and responsibilities and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) designation may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.

Expected salary: $52000 – 74000 per year

Location: Raleigh, NC

Job date: Tue, 05 Jul 2022 05:42:16 GMT

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