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The Building Department is seeking a Plan Examiner to join their team. Apply now position is open until filled!
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2% COLA effective June 23, 2018

2% COLA effective January 5, 2019

Salary:  $21.80 - $26.48 /hr.

Range:  7440

Job Type:  Permanent

Job Status:  Full - Time

Unit: SEIU

FLAS:  Non-Exempt

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Under general supervision, to analyze, review, complete structural calculations and specifications for compliance with established uniform building codes and other applicable laws and ordinances; prepares comprehensive plan review reports; provides assistance at the permit counter; and to do related work as required.


This is the journey level classification in the Plans Examiner Series. Incumbents perform plan checking of the less complex and smaller projects.


  • Checks plans and specifications and structural calculations for residential, commercial, industrial, and public buildings and structures for compliance with uniform building codes, grading ordinances and other related county, state and federal laws; ensures that plans meet the requirements of related building codes, regulations, and restrictions; makes corrections of deficiencies where required.
  • Check building plans and calculations for compliance to Title 24 of the State of California Residential and Nonresidential Energy Standards
  • Compute the fees for all building projects
  • Write correction letters and comments on building permit application and energy compliance calculations
  • Assist builders, architects, homeowners, and developers, with interpretation of City and State codes and ordinances, State of California energy standards and requirements on the telephone and at the front counter
  • Prepare reports and written correspondence relating to corrections and deficiencies in submittals
  • Reviews and ascertains whether plans conform to building code ordinances and other building requirements.
  • Advises applicants of needed changes and suggests means of changing plans for compliance.
  • Checks property descriptions.
  • Confers with owners, architects, engineers, contractors and the general public on building, zoning, and energy requirements.
  • Prepares monthly reports as required in this department.
  • Collects fees.
  • Issues permits and receipts.
  • Maintains financial records.
  • Reports all building or code violations to the proper authorities.


Knowledge of:

Basic principles and practices of engineering and architecture as applied to building construction and structural design; Methods, materials, and techniques used in building construction; California Building Code, Plumbing Code, Mechanical Code, Electrical Code, City codes and State regulations, and California State energy regulations; and basic math;


Ability to:

Apply knowledge and follow proper techniques, read and interpret building plans project specifications, and industrial blue prints; advise on standard construction methods and requirements; read interpret, and apply applicable laws, codes, rules and regulations for the review of building construction plans; understand check structural engineering computations; interact effectively with the public and staff; maintain cooperative working relations with buildings, contractors and the general public; ability to enforce necessary regulations with firmness and tact;


Education, Training and Experience:

Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

  • Equivalent to completion of thirty units from an accredited college or university with major course work in engineering, architecture or related field and three years of journey level experience in architectural design, drafting, or inspection experience; or
  • Equivalent to graduation from high school and four years of journey level experience in architectural design, drafting or inspection experience, or two years as a Building Inspector.

Commercial and Residential Government plan review experience preferred.  


Licenses, Certificates, or Registrations:

Possession of a valid California Driver’s License at the time of appointment.


Possession of a valid California driver’s license. An ICC Plans Examiner Certificate is required within one year of appointment to the County service.


Interested individuals must submit the following:

  • Calaveras County application
  • Resume
  • Cover letter

Application materials will be reviewed to evaluate the specific qualifications of each applicant and determine which applicants will continue in the screening process.  Incomplete application information will result in the candidate being screened out of the process.  Those candidates identified as having qualifications best suited for the position will be invited to participate in the interview process.





Human Resources Division

891 Mountain Ranch Road, Building C, San Andreas, CA 95249
Phone (209) 754-6303 ~ Fax (209) 754-6333 ~


Calaveras County is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming), national origin, age (40 and above), sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and/or related medical conditions), marital status, sexual orientation ( heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, gender identity, gender expression, transgender), medical conditions (cancer and genetic information including family medical history), disability (medical, mental or physical, including HIV or AIDS), request or denial of family medical care leave and pregnancy leave, AB60 driver's license or military or veteran status.

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