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Building Plans Reviewer

Posted on Apr 11, 2019 by Leon County BOCC

Tallahassee, FL 32313
Construction & Architecture
10 Apr 2019
Annual Salary
$39,790.40 - $71,136.00 Annually Initial salary may be up to 15% above the minimum salary based on verified related education, experience, and training above the minimum requirements. GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF DUTIESThis is responsible technical work supporting the Building Plans Review & Inspection Division by reviewing submitted applications for conformity to state mandated construction codes and Leon County ordinances. Work also involves assisting the building and development community in obtaining building permits in an expeditious and courteous manner, and assisting customers with questions and interpretations associated with the implementation of the Florida Building Code.

NOTE: The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The Job Description Questionnaire (JDQ) reflects a more detailed description of the position. Neither the job description nor the JDQ constitutes an employment agreement. Both are subject to change as the needs of the County and requirements of the job change.

Provide comprehensive examination of manufactured housing, swimming pool, residential and commercial building plans for compliance with all applicable building-related codes and ordinances utilizing software. Ensure residential and commercial building plans meet all applicable fire codes, energy codes, accessibility codes, manufactured housing ordnance, and wind load requirements. Review soil analysis to verify adequate foundations. Verify flood elevation certifications and determine if flood relief openings are required per FEMA regulations. Review building plans to ensure building separation and zoning compliance.
Provide detailed deficiency letters citing code sections for commercial review.

Provide a comprehensive review of residential and commercial building plans to ensure compliance with the National Electrical Code utilizing Project Dox software. Verify appropriate locations for smoke detectors, electrical outlets, light fixtures, and circuit interrupters. Ensure the installment of required small applicance circuits, grounding electrode conductors, overcurrent protection and feeder and branch circuits. Review wiring methods and materials to ensure compliance.

Provide a comprehensive review of residential and commercial building plans to ensure compliance with the Florida Building Code and Florida Mechanical and Gas Code utilizing Project Dox software. Review plans to ensure accurate energy calculations, gas pipe sizing calculations, and gas piping riser diagrams. Verify appropriate HVAC equipment size and location. Review plans to ensure adequate exhause systems, equipment and appliance locations, air duct systems and ventilation systems.

Provide a comprehensive review of residential and commercial building plans to ensure compliance with the Florida Plumbing Code utilizing Project Dox software. Review plans to verify appropriate location of water heater, plumbing fixtures, and waste piping, and to ensure adequate venting requirements, piping support, water supply piping, sanitary drainage, roof drainage, and backflow prevention.

Serve as "Service Advisor" to the general public and construction related professionals to address building plan and building code related inquiries, and provide input to the Code Enforcement Board. Serve as Service Advisor on a rotating basis for telephone and walk-in customers, to answer questions relating to building plans review and Florida Building Code. Provide preliminary project reviews with design professionals prior to permitting to ensure proper code interpretation and compliance. Provide expert advice as requested for the Code Enforcement Board on minimum housing and building permitting compliance issues.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIESKnowledge of building, energy, accessibility & pool codes. Knowledge of civil engineering. Knowledge of structural engineering. Knowledge of architecture. Skill in drafting. Knowledge of statutes pertaining to building. Knowledge of math (basic and advanced). Knowledge of construction document, specification layout, and map reading. Ability to interpret and enforce codes. Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing. Knowledge of computers and software for the entry and tracking of permitting and inspection data. Ability to read blueprints and contour maps.
COMPLEXITY OF WORKDuties consist of a variety of complex tasks requiring decision making that reflects thorough knowledge of the technical codes. Also, duties consist of working through situations that are multi-faceted and require significant problem-solving skills. Most duties are performed in accordance with established procedures and regulations with little supervisory review. An employee must exercise judgment when using performance based technical codes.
Supervision Received
This position's duties are generally defined and require significant independent judgment how to accomplish the work. The position seldom receives guidance from supervisor and/or lead co-worker.

Supervision of Others
This position is non-supervisory.

Internal and external contact, including the public, for verifying project consistency, addressing technical issues and questions, permitting submittal and processing, plat verification, historical information and parcel data, status updates, et cetera.

Personal computer; word processing software; database software; spreadsheet software; specialized software such as AppXtender, ProjectDox, PETS, FLA/Res (residential energy efficiency program), FLA/Com (commercial energy efficiency program), wind analysis program, BEAM Analysis (wood, steel, and engineered wood beam programs); adding machine and basic calculator; scientific calculator; copier; plotter; scanner; vehicle or light truck are tools and equipment used in this position.

Most work is performed inside seated in a chair at a desk. Work involves mostly sitting, standing, and walking.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONSRequires a high school diploma or an equivalent and five years of related work experience in building plans review, and five years of related work experience in one of the following disciplines: electrical, mechanical, plumbing, or an equivalent combination of education and training in order to qualify for a Provisional Building Plans Reviewer License.
Necessary Special Requirements:Must possess a valid Class "E" State of Florida Driver's License and have a favorable driving record at the time of employment. Must obtain a DBPR Building Plans Examiner License in building, electrical, mechanical, or plumbing.
Must obtain a Florida Principal & Practices Certification for Plans Examiners.Must maintain Standard professional certification as a Building Plans Examiner. Continuation of employment with the County as a Building Plans Reviewer shall be based on the conversion of a provisional license to a Standard Plans Examiner license in one of the following disciplines: building, plumbing, electrical, or mechanical, consistent with the criteria and provisions outlined in Florida Statutes and as implemented by the Board. Show knowledge of FL construction laws through successful completion of the State Principles and Practices Exam. Maintain continuing education for licensure as required by FL Statute 468. Maintain licensure by performing daily duties as outlined in Florida Statute and FL Administrative Code 61G19.
Selection Guidelines:
Formal application, rating of education and experience, oral interview, reference check, drug testing.

FLSA STATUS: Non-Exempt. Work involves performing review of building plans. Category: Construction & Trades , Keywords: Building Plans Examiner

Reference: 692126870