Plans Examiner I - IV

  • Alachua County Board of County Commissioners
  • Gainesville, FL, United States
Full Time Business Development Construction Design Engineering Facilities

Job Description


Salary: $19.35 - $30.96 Hourly
$40,247.17 - $64,395.34 Annually

Beginning salary commensurate with qualifications and experience; hiring range between $40 - $49K. 

This position is posted with minimum ranges from level I - level IV, position assignment determined by applicant's level of certifications.  
Plans Examiner I: $19.34 hr;
Plans Examiner II: $20.37 hr;
Plans Examiner III: $21.45 hr;
Plans Examiner IV: $23.78 hr.
Preference is for individual to have Level IV certification; however, an applicant with less certification will be considered.       

Graduation from high school or equivalent and five years experience in general construction or related fields; or any equivalent combination of related training and experience. Provisional certification as a Plans Examiner by the State of Florida must be obtained within three months of employment. Standard certification as a Plans Examiner by the State of Florida must be obtained within two years of issuance of provisional certification. Must possess a valid State of Florida Driver's license.
 Position Summary: This position performs a variety of routine and complex technical work in the review and approval of building plans. An employee assigned to this classification is primarily responsible for examining commercial and private building plans to ensure compliance with Alachua County building code regulations. Work is performed under the direction of a Building Codes Supervisor and is reviewed through observation of results obtained.

Explains, interprets and provides guidance regarding applicable codes to architects, engineers, contractors, developers, owners and other interested parties.

Reviews current trends and developments in the field of construction. Examines building proposals of all types to determine compliance with code requirements and related regulations.

Reviews and evaluates proposed building plans and specifications blueprints to insure that proposed construction complies with building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, environmental, flood hazard, design, energy, barrier free requirements, landscape and clearing, grading, filling and related codes.

Applies valuations and permit costs for new projects based on codes, regulations and policies.

Coordinates activities with Building Codes Supervisor, Building Inspectors, planners, engineers and other agency staff.

Performs research on codes and ordinances as assigned to evaluate and recommend improvements to codes and ordinances. Researches problems and complaints regarding commercial and residential buildings, building construction and code compliance. Responds to complex and sensitive building issues.

Resolves complex and sensitive customer service issues, either personally, by telephone or in writing. Maintains records and documents of customer service issues and resolutions.

Coordinates plan reviews, inspections and enforcement actions.

Maintains complete and accurate records of approved plans.

Performs the duties of a Building Inspector as qualified and required.

Performs related duties as required.

NOTE: These examples are intended only as illustrations of the various kinds of work performed in positions allocated to this class. 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.


Thorough knowledge of standard building codes and electrical codes, plumbing codes, mechanical codes, general construction codes and carpentry.

Working knowledge of electrical, carpentry, cement, mechanical and plumbing work.

Skill in applying knowledge of standard building codes, zoning and land use regulations.

Skill in the operation of the following equipment: personal computer including word processing and permitting software; calculator; pencil; ruler; copy machine; and telephone.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with contractors, developers, architects, engineers, owners and the general public.

Ability to read and understand complicated plans and blueprints.

Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include color vision and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts; and in outside weather conditions and is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Property Management, CAD Drafting, Carpentry, Concrete and Masonry, Electrician, General Construction, Heavy Equipment Operation, HVAC, Ironwork, Plumbing, Roofing, Site Superintendent, Surveying, Business Analysis, Business Unit Management, Strategic Planning, City Planning, Architecture Interior Design, General Creative Design, Civil & Structural Engineering, Electrical Engineering

Education Requirements

G.E.D., High School Diploma, Professional Certification, Associate Degree, Bachelor's Degree, M.B.A., Ph.D


$19.35 - $30.96 Hourly $40,247.17 - $64,395.34 Annually