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Professional Plans Reviewer I

Recruitment #160229-267001-002

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class is responsible for performing technical reviews of considerable difficulty on professionally prepared documents for all proposed residential and commercial construction projects and for the review of residential and commercial site plans for compliance with transportation, landscape, stormwater, and zoning codes as required, as they relate to site construction issues. Responsibilities include determining conformance with current regulations from applications submitted prior to the issuance of construction permits. Employees review all new construction, additions, and changes of use with regards to the Concurrency Management Program. They also review all projects to determine transportation impact fees and impact fees for residential and commercial development. Under general supervision, employees perform assignments requiring the exercise of considerable initiative and independent judgment in interpretation of state statutes, model codes, and municipal ordinances as they relate to the determination of conformity of construction documents. Considerable tact, courtesy, and impartiality are necessary in dealings with contractors, engineers, inspectors, and others. Work is reviewed through periodic conferences, observation, production output, reports submitted, and field inspector feedback.

Examples of Duties

  • Examines construction documents (plans, specifications, etc.) for conformity with applicable building, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, gas, and flood control codes, as well as municipal ordinances and related regulations regarding transportation, landscape, stormwater, and zoning codes as required; approves or disapproves construction documents and communicates results to appropriate design professionals (architect, engineer, etc.); documents reason for disapproval of plans or specifications with the appropriate code section quoted for reference and notifies the design professional of the discrepancy, providing a narrative as to the circumstances of disapproval and instructions for submitting revisions that may subsequently be approved.


  • Conducts reviews to ascertain compliance with flood control ordinances; reviews the placement, height, foundation, setback and design for zoning compliance.


  • Evaluates type, condition, life expectancy of trees and conflict with utilities and structures for possible removal or corrective action; reviews construction site plans for tree protection, evaluates proper root pruning; interprets plans for quality and quantity of planted materials for residential and commercial construction projects.


  • Conducts compliance reviews for driveway aprons, curbing, sidewalks; evaluates right-of-way for sight obstruction hazards; ensures barricades and safety signage are properly located.


  • Reviews on-site culverts, control structures, headwalls, pipe tie-ins, mitered end sections, retention ponds, infiltration systems, vaults, installation of underground stormwater pipe, inlets, and manholes for commercial and residential construction projects; ensures correct size and location, spacing, and placement of wall forms.


  • Provides technical assistance to property owners/public agencies; helps to understand and resolve complaints/problems that citizens may encounter; consults with others on results of inspections to get suggestions/recommendations for corrective action.


  • Researches and organizes files; extracts data from reports; maintains review records; prepares plan review reports; performs mathematical calculations for work projects.


  • Accompanies related staff on field inspections involving unusual situations and on a periodic basis for input to quality assurance of service delivery; conducts additional inspections with appropriate licensure.


  • Identifies hazardous conditions or accident potential to facilitate prevention and/or correction; performs damage assessment and habitability inspections of both commercial and residential buildings as part of the City’s emergency response and recovery responsibilities.


  • Participates in training exercises with other staff relative to ensuring uniformity of administration of construction codes; Interprets codes and regulations for, consults with, and advises engineers, architects, contractors, builders, owners, and other concerned parties, both orally and in writing; keeps clients abreast of code changes and interpretation of codes for proper enforcement; participates in meetings, public workshops, and seminars to gather, present, and distribute information.


  • Performs studies of construction and municipal code related matters and prepares periodic and/or special reports for management use; interprets blueprints, electrical circuit drawings and instrument loop diagrams; establishes and maintains files, control logs, and other office records.


  • Operates and maintains portable computer/printer and photographic equipment as part of mobile data system; inputs permit, plans and inspection data, utilizes email and internet programs, and utilizes word processing, mapping and other application software.


  • Performs related work as required.
  • Knowledges, Skills & Abilities

    Considerable knowledge of: construction methods, practices, materials, mechanics, and philosophy; construction codes, inspectional processes, and techniques; legislation affecting building standards; construction related management and administrative policies, procedures, and methods.

    Ability to: observe, comprehend, narrate, and instruct; interpret construction related codes and standards and uniformly enforce regulations with tact and impartiality; read, interpret, and understand construction documents; make independent decisions when required; conduct technical inspections when required; organize information and effectively present recommendations orally and in writing; follow oral and written instructions; prepare clear, concise, and accurate reports; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, members of the construction industry, and the general public.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Graduation from an accredited college or university with an associate’s degree in building construction, engineering, architecture or related field and seven (7) years of experience in building construction, architecture and engineering activities; or a bachelor’s degree and five (5) years of experience is described above.

    Additional requirement for levels II, III, & IV: one (1) year of experience in the application of municipal and state codes, laws, rules and regulations.

    Licenses or Certifications

    Possession of: a Standard Building Plans Examiner license and one (1) Standard Trade (plumbing, electrical or mechanical) Plans Examiner license as issued by the Florida Building Code Administrators and Inspectors Board; a valid Florida driver’s license.

    Note: Applicants selected for employment who do not possess both of the required Standard Plans Examiners licenses must apply to the State for a provisional license immediately upon employment and obtain the standard licenses within twenty-four (24) months of employment.

    LICENSES OR CERTIFICATES: Valid Florida driver’s license.

    -Requirements for Professional Plans Reviewer I: Possession of: one (1) Florida Standard Plans Examiner License (Building, Mechanical, Electrical or Plumbing – FS 468).

    -Requirements for Professional Plans Reviewer II: Possession of: two (2) Florida Standard Plans Examiner Licenses (Building, Mechanical, Electrical or Plumbing – FS 468).

    -Requirements for Professional Plans Reviewer III: Possession of: three (3) Florida Standard Plans Examiner Licenses (Building, Mechanical, Electrical or Plumbing – FS 468).

    -Requirements for Professional Plans Reviewer IV: Possession of: four (4) Florida Standard Plans Examiner Licenses (Building, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing – FS 468) or Florida Registered Architect or Engineer License.


    Evaluation of training and experience. Drug testing is included in all pre-employment processing.