Plans Reviewer

  • City of Asheville
  • Asheville, NC, USA
  • Jan 23, 2018

Job Description

Job Summary The City of Asheville is excited to hire a full-time Plans Reviewer to join the team in the Development Services Department.  An employee in this class performs technical research and inspections work for the Development Services Department with a focus on building safety plans review. Work involves checking residential and commercial construction documents to ensure compliance with established building codes.  You would be responsible for approving or denying building permits on the basis of plans submitted by homeowners, builders, contractors, architects, etc.; performing research as requested; and communicating with affected parties regarding permit approval and denial.  You must exercise considerable initiative and independent judgment in all phases of work.  The ideal candidate must also exercise tact, courtesy, and firmness in contact with public officials and the general public.  Work is performed under limited supervision of the Plans Review Coordinator and is evaluated through conferences, reports and observation.   
The City of Asheville's Development Services Department  is comprised of a team of dedicated professionals who stay committed to the City Council's goals.  The Building Plan Review division completes over 1,500 reviews per year.  Our approach focuses on code compliance with an effort to remain effective, efficient, consistent, responsive and a solution oriented organization.  The ideal candidate for this position will have knowledge and experience with North Carolina codes, excellent written and oral communication skills, computer skills and excellent interpersonal skills.
The City of Asheville strives to hire the best and the brightest employees who are committed to public service.  Our employees enjoy an innovative, energetic and employee-focused work environment with top down support that embraces bottom up ideas and engagement.  Our talented team of professionals have a passion for providing care and services that effect change on the everyday lives of the citizens they encounter.  Our shared values of professionalism, innovation, integrity, stewardship and accountability guide the way we conduct ourselves and deliver services to our customers.  If this sounds like an organization that models the values you uphold, we invite you to come and be a part of the exciting, healthy and progressive team at the City of Asheville.
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (37.5 hours per week)
Essential Duties & Responsibilities Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Reviews commercial and residential building plans for code compliance with state building, plumbing, mechanical and national electric code; confirms that fire protection systems comply with the laws of the State of North Carolina; inspects plans for office, retail and commercial buildings as well as hazardous materials sites, aircraft hangars, etc.; approves or denies permits based on inspection of plans.
  • Communicates and provides technical assistance to homeowners, engineers, architects, designers, building inspectors, planning and zoning personnel, City officials and the general public; responds to inquiries about individual projects and provides general information about state building codes.
  • Utilizes computerized data entry equipment and various word processing, spreadsheet and/or file maintenance programs to enter, store and/or retrieve information as requested or otherwise necessary; summarizes data in preparation of standardized reports.
  • Performs research and completes forms for inspectors and other Division personnel.
  • Responds to inquiries from agencies and individuals in other jurisdictions and cities.
Supplemental Functions:
  • Performs other similar duties as required.

Required Education & Experience Education/Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, architecture or related field, with 3 to 5 years of experience in residential and commercial work, and 5 years of experience in code inspection and plan review with a working knowledge of accessibility, building, electrical, fire, mechanical and plumbing codes; and/or any equivalent combination of training and experience required to perform the essential position functions.
  Special Requirements:
  • Registration with the N.C. Board of Registration for Engineers or Architects is preferred.
  • Possession of a Standard Building Level III certificate within 6 months of date of hire from the North Carolina Code Officials Qualification Board, and 3 or more of the following certificates (Probationary or Standard):  Electrical Inspector II, Fire Inspector II, Plumbing Inspector II, or Mechanical Inspector II.
  • Possession of an appropriate, valid driver's license issued by the State of North Carolina or out-of-state with the ability to obtain the same.
  • Employee must participate in a mandatory continuing education program as specified by the ISO (Insurance Services Office) in their rating program for determining building code effectiveness; ratings require 96 hours a year (12 hours legal, 12 hours administrative, 12 hours mentoring, and 60 hours of technical training).

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Working Conditions Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Considerable knowledge of modern building, plumbing, electrical and mechanical construction practices, materials and equipment of the various stages of construction when violations and defects should be observed and corrected.
  • Considerable knowledge or the approved methods and practices involved in the installation, construction, repair and maintenance of a variety of electrical and mechanical equipment.
  • Working knowledge of the geographical layout of the City.
  • Ability to interpret blueprints, diagrams, specifications, codes and building regulations.
  • Ability to deal tactfully and firmly with property owners, architects, engineers, developers, contractors, the general public, etc.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment in applying standards to a variety of work situations.
  • Ability to read plans and specifications for all structures governed by building codes and building regulations.
  • Ability to use computer equipment to enter and retrieve data.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships as necessitated by work assignments.