City of Ventura

Senior Plans Examiner (#S27)

Unit: SEIU - Professional Unit (Q)
$34.79-$46.62 Hourly / $6,029.76-$8,079.95 Monthly / $72,357.17-$96,959.41 Yearly


Under general direction, performs complex plan reviews of building additions and alterations for compliance with building and local ordinance, state laws and other regulations; provides information to permit applicants concerning City building standards and regulations.  Consults with contractors, engineers, architects, and the general public concerning the acceptability of drawings submitted for approval to build within the City. May act as the Construction Permit Supervisor in that position’s absence.


Senior Plans Examiner is the lead journey-level class in the plans examiner series and is not flexibly staffed.  It is distinguished from the Plans Examiner by the breadth of technical knowledge required and the complexity of plan reviews associated with new residential and commercial buildings and more complex additions and alteration plan reviews, requiring an understanding of fundamental engineering and advanced knowledge and application of plan checking principles with the necessary qualification and/or experience to conduct all aspects of the plan checks of commercial or multi-family residential projects.


Depending on assignment, duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Provides exemplary customer service to all individuals by demonstrating a willingness to be attentive, understanding, responsive, fair, courteous and respectful, and to actively participate in maintaining a positive customer service environment.

Consults with contractors, engineers, architects, and the general public concerning the acceptability of drawings submitted for approval to build within the City.

 Reviews a variety of complex residential and commercial building additions and alteration plans for compliance with the California Codes including Building, Historical, Green, Energy, Existing Building, Mechanical, Plumbing and Electrical Codes, and other State laws and regulations.

Provides technical information and assistance to engineers, architects, contractors and general public regarding the permit process, plan reviews, fees and the codes and regulations enforced by the City.  Provides technical and code interpretation assistance to Division staff.  Provides training and instructions on the City codes as assigned. 

Performs public counter duties and tasks as required.  Researches building plan check status and permit status utilizing computerized record systems.   

Responds to complex inquiries, and conducts site inspections as assigned; ensuring adherence to codes, laws, regulations and ordinances. 

Provides technical information to architects, engineers and contractors.

Provides training for staff assisting the public at the counter;  provides recommendations during staff performance evaluations

Prepares special reports, drafts recommended building policies and ordinances and procedures as directed.  Assists in preparing community promotions and public information related to assigned program; performs other related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:  California codes, including building, green, historical, existing building, plumbing, mechanical and electrical; other State building laws including accessibility and energy regulations; structural engineering principles and current design and construction practices related to building construction ; and effective supervisory practices.

Ability to:  review and interpret a variety of construction plans; review complex residential and commercial building addition and alteration plans for compliance with the model codes and State regulations; explain building procedures to the contractors and the public; use sound judgment in the interpretation of codes and regulations; communicate effectively with architects, engineers, contractors and the general public; effectively lead others  maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, supervisors and the public.


License:  Depending on assignment, possession of a valid California Class C driver's license  is required.

Certificate: Possession of, and ability to maintain, ICC Plans Examiner certification is required at time of application.  Possession of any of the following current and valid licenses are highly desirable: State of California Civil Engineer, State of California Structural Engineer, or State of California Architect.


Environment: works in indoor office conditions and at construction sites; works under pressure, in potentially stressful situations.  Physical Abilitieshearing and speaking sufficient to exchange information in person or on the telephone; vision and hearing in normal range, with or without correction; audio-visual discrimination and perception for making observations; sits, walks and stands for extended periods of time; walks on rocky terrain or uneven surfaces; may climb ladders and walk on elevated structures or surfaces (scaffolding, rooftop); uses hands to handle, feel or operate standard office equipment including personal computer; mental capability to apply mathematical reasoning to data and documents used in the construction field; observe and interpret people and situations, perform detailed work on multiple concurrent tasks.  HazardsExposed to computer screens.


Requires a combination of education, training and experience equivalent to completion of a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, Architecture or a related field, supplemented by additional coursework in construction technology, building and  three years  of plans review experience.  Lead or supervisory and construction field experience highly desirable.

CLASS: S27; EST: 9/27/2017; REV: 9/27/2017;