Building Plans Examiner Job at Fairfield, Solano County, California

Building Plans Examiner

City of Fairfield , California

Job Information 


Community Development

Mid Level


$85,136.48 - $103,484.16 Annually

Application Deadline 


No Application Deadline

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


Under general direction, to receive and check plans for buildings and structures for compliance with applicable building codes, ordinances, and regulations; advise applicants for permits on possible modifications to conform with requirements; and perform related work as required.

Tentative Interview Date:  Week of May 3, 2021


This is a single position classification performing plan reviews on a variety of structures including complex residential and small commercial plans. This position requires specialized knowledge and experience, and often exercises independent judgment in the performance of duties. The duties of this classification are distinguished from the Associate Civil Engineer (Plan Check) classification as the engineer performs the most complex plan and structural reviews.



Supervision is received from the Chief Building Official or other management staff. May provide guidance to administrative or technical staff as needed.


Minimum Qualifications


Two (2) years of building plan review experience consistent with the requirements of this job description with another jurisdiction or consulting firm/agency, one (1) year of which was as a certified Plans Examiner are required; or,

Two years (2) years of experience performing plan review duties equivalent to a Building Inspector III with the City of Fairfield are required; or

Three (3) years of experience equivalent to a Building Inspector II with the City of Fairfield are required; or

Five (5) years of building plan review experience equivalent to a Building Permit Technician II with the City of Fairfield are required. 


Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade is required. Related college course work is highly desirable.



 Possession of a valid Class C California Driver’s License is required.

 Possession of a valid International Code Council (ICC) Residential Plans Examiner Certificate is required.

 Possession of a valid International Code Council (ICC) Building Plans Examiner Certificate is required within 6 months of hire and must be maintained throughout employment.

 Certification as a California Certified Access Specialist (CASp) is highly desirable.


Examples of Duties

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 Examine plans and specifications for buildings and structures for completeness and conformity with all requirements including stresses, live and dead loading, soil characteristics, mechanical, plumbing and electrical calculations, safety and health features, use of materials, placement on property, and setbacks.

Monitor, prioritize and perform plan and calculation reviews for residential buildings (including small commercial tenant reviews), both for new construction and remodel / alteration work.

 Compare construction documents with applicable code requirements and identify discrepancies and deficiencies (including small commercial tenant reviews).

 Analyze individual building components to determine the type of construction and occupancy groups and compute floor area and allowable height; refer the more complex electrical, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, mechanical or structural plans to the Associate Civil Engineer (Plan Check).

Coordinate the review of plans with other public agencies whose approval is necessary; itemize required corrections and modifications and provide explanation to permit applicants. 

 Authorize the issuance of building permits for plans that meet code and ordinance requirements; calculate fees. 

 Advise and assist architects, engineers, contractors, builders, and the public regarding interpretation and application of pertinent building regulations, state laws, and local ordinances. 

 Prepare clear, concise, accurate and grammatically correct correspondence, reports, and other written materials.

Submit reports to the Associate Civil Engineer (Plan Check) and Chief Building Official regarding workload and process statistics, new products or situations, and code interpretation issues. 

 Aid the public at the counter; answer questions related to plans and permitting requirements.

 Resolve discrepancies between plans and field conditions.

 Perform related duties as required.


Knowledge & Abilities

Knowledge of:

General understanding of principles and practices of civil/structural design.

 Building construction methods and materials.

 Basic engineering, practices, and techniques.

 California Residential & Building Codes.

 Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical, Energy and Green Codes.

 Applicable state laws.

 Arithmetic, trigonometry, and plan geometry.

 Appropriate safety and fire prevention construction and building methods.

 Modern office equipment, including computer hardware and software.


Ability to:
Learn and interpret City ordinances and department policies.

 Analyze and interpret building plans and specifications; interpret and enforce laws and regulations.

 Perform mathematical calculations.

 Apply construction principles, and techniques.

 Apply load path, life safety, energy conservation, etc. to resolve construction-related problems.

 Interact tactfully and effectively with the public, City staff, homeowners, contractors, design professionals, and outside agencies; maintain objectivity.

 Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those encountered during the course of work. 

 Communicate technical information and concepts clearly and understandably to a non-technical audience.

 Represent the Building Safety Division and the Community Development Department with diplomacy and tact; listen and express differences of opinion respectfully and resolve conflicts.

 Organize, prepare, and present records and reports effectively in written or oral form.

 Utilize a computer and computer-related applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, permitting software (e.g. Blue Beam), e-mail and internet research.

 Based on the information provided in the application documents, the best-qualified applicants will be invited for further examination. All applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. Depending upon the number of applications received, the examination may consist of an application screening, written and/or practical exam, oral interview, or any combination. This position requires a local records check, and response to a medical questionnaire prior to appointment. A pre-employment medical exam may also be required.


1350 Travis Blvd # 1361

Fairfield, CA 94533