Recruitment #2106-1850-001


Located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is an urban hub bursting with energy. Milwaukee provides a casual sophistication – big city appeal without the big city hassles. We are accessible and affordable, and our residents are welcoming. Milwaukee has evolved through the years, bringing together its unsurpassed old world charm with a breathtaking Art Museum, top-flight arts and cultural attractions, professional sports, lakefront festivals, recreational opportunities, and great restaurants.


The City of Milwaukee is proud to employ a diverse workforce that is committed to providing exemplary service to the City’s residents. If you have a passion for being a part of an inclusive team of public servants, please consider the following opportunity.


The Plan Examiner III serves as a lead worker and project manager for complex developments by performing case management and by facilitating approvals from other departments, approvals of alternate construction, and variance requests. The Plan Examiner III also serves as a mentor and trainer.

Essential Functions


  • Examine and approve plans for the installation of the architectural, mechanical, and life safety systems, pursuant to State and City codes and other regulatory agency requirements.
  • Determine plan compliance relative to the Milwaukee Zoning Ordinance. Prepare plan review letters and permits reflecting approval conditions.
  • Review large and complex development proposals and coordinate all phases of review, including pre‑submittal meetings, preliminary review services, variance requests, coordination with other regulatory governmental agencies, and issuance of final approvals and permits.
  • Provide code interpretation for internal and external customers; assist in writing code revisions.
  • Evaluate applications for appeal for variances to State and City codes.


  • Coordinate plan review assignments and respond to inquiries regarding assignments; verify that established benchmarks are being met; and work with management to implement training strategies to improve the plan review process.
  • Oversee the case management of complex development projects, including recommending improvements, keeping program records, and providing preliminary review during project development.

We welcome qualified individuals with disabilities who are interested in employment and will make reasonable accommodations during the hiring process in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be able to perform light physical work, including lifting and moving objects weighing up to 10 lbs.
  • Must comply with the departmental dress code.
  • Based upon each department's responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and the needs of each department, employees may be expected to work from home intermittently or continuously.

Minimum Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree in architecture, engineering, urban planning, building construction, or a closely related field from an accredited college or university.
  2. Three years of professional experience in building construction, building design, inspection, architecture, or a comparable field.
  3. Certification with the State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) as a Commercial Building Inspector, UDC Construction Inspector, and UDC HVAC Inspector within six months of employment and throughout employment.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may also be considered, for example, a related associate degree plus five years of experience as described above is considered equivalent.

IMPORTANT NOTE: College transcripts are required and must be received by the application period closing date. Transcripts should be attached to your online application or sent via email to Applications without transcripts attached will be considered incomplete and may be rejected. Student/unofficial copies are acceptable; however, your transcript must be legible and include your college/university name, your name, the degree completed, and the date completed.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Registration with the State of Wisconsin as an architect or engineer.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


  • Knowledge of architecture and building construction principles, methodology, and materials.
  • Knowledge of zoning administration and code enforcement.
  • Ability to read and interpret work-related documents such as laws, regulations, and building and zoning codes; ability to interpret technical plans, blueprints, drawings, models, and maps.
  • Knowledge of the mathematics involved in building design and construction, including measurement, geometry, algebra, and trigonometry.
  • Proficiency using job-specific computer applications such as the Land Management System (LMS) as well as standard programs such as spreadsheet, database, and word processing.


  • Written communication skills to be able to write clear correspondence, reports, and code revisions.
  • Verbal communication and training skills so as to clearly convey information to staff and others.
  • Customer service knowledge and skills; ability to serve customers in a patient and friendly manner.
  • Interpersonal skills to be able to build effective relationships with staff and elected officials, contractors, representatives of various governmental agencies, and the general public.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with people whose backgrounds may differ from one’s own.


  • Ability to serve in a lead worker capacity to fairly and efficiently coordinate case management, assignments, and schedules.
  • Ability to foster an environment of inclusion wherein all employees are treated respectfully, are valued for their strengths, and feel that they can safely express themselves.
  • Critical thinking skills to be able to resolve complex issues on a daily basis.
  • Planning and time management skills to be able to meet frequent deadlines.
  • Organizational skills and the ability to maintain accurate and detailed records.
  • Commitment to serving the public with the utmost honesty and professionalism.

Current Salary

The current salary range (2JN) is $70,334-$87,270 annually, and the resident incentive salary range for City of Milwaukee residents is $72,444-$89,888. Appointment will be made in accordance with the City of Milwaukee Salary Ordinance.


The City of Milwaukee provides a comprehensive benefit program that includes the following:

·       Defined Benefit Pension Plan

·       457 Deferred Compensation Plan

·       Health and Dental Insurance

·       Comprehensive Wellness Program

·       Onsite Clinic Services

·       Onsite Employee Assistance Program

·       Alternative Work Schedules

·       Long Term Disability Insurance

·       Group Life Insurance

·       Tuition Benefits

·       Paid Vacation

·       11 Paid Holidays

·       Paid Sick Leave and other paid leaves

·       Flexible Spending Arrangement

·       Commuter Value Pass

For full details of the benefits offered by the City of Milwaukee, please visit

Selection Process

THE SELECTION PROCESS will be job related and will consist of one or more of the following: education and experience evaluation; written, oral, or performance tests, or other assessment methods. The Department of Employee Relations reserves the right to call only the most qualified candidates to oral and performance examinations. Oral examinations may include written exercises. Selection process component weights will be determined by further analysis of the job.

INITIAL FILING DATE - The examination will be held as soon as practical after Wednesday, June 30, 2021. Receipt of applications may be discontinued at any time after this date without prior notice. However, recruitment may continue until the needs of the City have been met. Qualified applicants will be notified of the date, time, and place of the examination. Unless otherwise required by law, the City of Milwaukee will not provide alternative test administration. The applicant is responsible for attending all phases of the job selection process at the time and place designated by the City of Milwaukee.

Additional Information

  • Applications and further information may be accessed by visiting
  • If you would like assistance completing an application, please contact the Department of Employee Relations at (414) 286-3751 or
  • The Department of Employee Relations is located in City Hall, 200 E Wells St, Room 706, Milwaukee, WI 53202.


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The City of Milwaukee values and encourages diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.