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Salary:  $76,648.00 - $93,163.20

Range: 437

Job Type:  Full-Time

Job Status: Permanent

Unit: Mid Mgmt. /Prof.  

FLAS: Exempt  

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Under direction of the County Building Official, performs journey-level work in receiving and checking engineering of commercial, residential or industrial plans for engineering requirements and code compliance; responds to construction code inquiries from the public and building professionals; provides supervision to plans examiners and permit technicians; performs other duties as assigned.



This is the senior-level management position in the Plans Examiner series, and differs from the Plans Examiner I/II by the nature and complexity of work performed and by the greater degree of independence granted. Incumbent reviews commercial, residential and industrial project plans, and has a thorough knowledge of construction inspection and plan review protocols, policies and procedures.  This class is distinguished from the Chief Building Official in that the latter has overall management responsibility for all plans examination, building inspections, permitting, code enforcement, and related programs, functions, and activities and has overall responsibility for developing, implementing, and interpreting public policy.


  • Receives engineering and commercial or industrial plans.
  • Reviews and examines complex construction plans, calculations and technical specifications for commercial and residential buildings and structures for compliance with  the family of California Building Codes, County ordinances, structural, accessibility, hillside grading and shoring plans; reviews work for conformance with legal requirements, municipal regulations and safety standards.
  • Develops and standardizes procedures and methods to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of assigned services, projects, and activities
  • Provides customer service; answers questions and concerns related to building codes and requirements; compliance issues; identifies, documents, and communicates deficiencies.
  • Interprets, applies and explains codes and regulations; resolves problems that arise due to code or structural design issues, and coordinates plan corrections so that plans will conform to regulations.
  • Confers with engineers, architects, property owners and contractors.
  • Maintains records and files associated with plan corrections and plan review process, problems and permits, computes permit fees; issues permits within the scope of authority.
  • Prepares comprehensive plan review reports.
  • Attends construction project planning meetings; coordinates plan check activities with Building Inspectors, other County departments, contractors and outside agencies.
  • Responds to request for information; provides technical information to County staff as authorized, provides assistance to the public within scope of authority.
  • Assists Building Inspectors, Code Enforcement Officers, Plans Examiners and Permit Technicians with records management activities and technical issues as needed.  Will assist with staff supervision and training.
  • Act as a subject matter expert (SME) for California Building Code, California Mechanical Code, California Plumbing Code and National Electric Code.
  • Researches and stays abreast of state and local building codes and construction standards.
  • Performs first response emergency safety assessments during and after disaster events.
  • Participates in the development and administration of assigned budgets.
  • Monitors changes in regulations and technology that may affect operations; implements policy and procedural changes after approval.
  • Supports and fosters the relationship between the County of Calaveras and the constituent population by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with clients, visitors, and County staff.
  • Maintains absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, client records and County information.
  • 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.
  • Supervises and directs assigned employees in the department as needed.
  • Performs field inspections as required by the County Building Official.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

Principles and practices of employee supervision, including work planning, assignment, review and evaluation, and training of staff; administrative principles and practices, including goal setting, work plan development, implementation, and evaluation, and project management; principles and practices of structural engineering and design in building construction; of laws, ordinances, rules, regulations and codes applicable to building construction; of  engineering mathematics; methods and materials used in building construction; specialized building requirements related to safety regulations; specialized building requirements related to commercial and industrial structures; California Building Code, California Mechanic Code, California Plumbing Code and National Electric Code; terminology and technical report writing requirements related to building and safety programs; modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment and applications related to the work; English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation; and techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and County staff.


Skill and Ability to:

Plan, organize, assign, review, and evaluate the work of staff; train staff in work procedures; evaluate and develop improvements in operations, procedures, policies, or methods; read and interpret residential, commercial or industrial building plans and specifications; advise on standard construction methods and requirements; answer questions and provide direction to plans examiners and permit technicians; interpret and apply federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations, policies and procedures pertaining to department programs and services; prepare and present clear, concise, and logical written and oral reports, correspondence, policies, procedures, and other written materials; organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; maintain cooperative working relations with buildings, contractors and the general public; us tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy and legal guidelines in politically sensitive situations; operate modern office equipment including computers and specialized software applications.


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:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or architecture and four years of progressively responsible experience in engineering plans examination, building design or construction inspection.; or


Licenses, Certificates, and Registrations:

  • Possession of a valid driver’s license.
  • ICC certification as a Plans Examiner or equivalent National/State recognized related plan examiner certificates within one year of employment.
  • Possession of a valid license as a professional engineer (PE) issued by the California Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, OR possession of a valid certificate of registration as an architect issued by the California Board of Architectural Examiners.




Interested individuals must submit the following:

  • Calaveras County application
  • Cover letter
  • Resume

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.




Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

Mobility to transverse uneven terrain, periodically standing, stooping, bending, climbing and kneeling; color vision to inspect electrical wiring; hearing and speech to communicate in person and by telephone; smell to detect gas or sewage leaks; touch to determine hot or cold water fixtures; manual dexterity to grasp tools and electrical devices; ability to lift and carry items weighing up to 75 pounds for distances up to 50 feet, use standard office equipment; physical ability to sit or otherwise remain stationary at work post for long periods of time; manual dexterity to use standard office equipment and supplies and to manipulate both single sheets of paper and large documents holders (binders, manuals, etc.); vision to read handwritten and printed materials and a computer screen;,   Exposure to variations in temperature and humidity; exposure to grease, oil, cleaning supplies and various chemicals.  Contact with staff and the public.

Other Requirements:

This class description lists the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive.  Not all duties are necessarily performed by each incumbent.  Incumbents may be expected to perform job-related duties other than those contained in the documents and may be required to have specific job-related knowledge and skills.

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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