Plans Examiner I

  • Full Time
  • Southeast
  • Applications have closed

Website City of Gainesville

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Job Description:


This is inspection and technical review work of construction plans submitted in the permit application process to assure compliance with the Florida Building Code (FBC) and associated City ordinances.

Per the Florida Statute, Chapter 468, the plans examiner’s responsibilities must be performed under the supervision and authority of the Building Official without interference from any unlicensed person.

Positions allocated to this classification report to a designated supervisor, work under limited supervision.  Work in this class is distinguished from other classes by its technical skills and emphasis on compliance plans examination duties, specialized knowledge of construction and Florida Building Codes, and the enforcement of FBC requirements with contractors and owners as well as the exercise of individual discretion in the interpretation and enforcement of the code.

NOTE:  The Plans Examiner II classification is the second in a series of four Plans Examiner classifications.  The Plans Examiner II typically has a Standard Plans Examiner license with One- and Two-Family Dwelling category and at least two trade categories (e.g., building, electrical, mechanical, or plumbing).  However, plans examiners may be assigned to review construction plans in all areas for which he/she is licensed without respect to the assigned job classification level of Plans Examiner I through IV.


This section of the job description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of duties and responsibilities of the position.  The omission of a specific job function does not absolve an employee from being required to perform additional tasks incidental to or inherent in the job.  Performance of lower-level duties may be required.


Reviews plans for compliance with the FBC and associated City ordinances to ensure public health and safety.  Issues reviewed building permit applications.

Processes the plan review in a timely manner.

Packages approved plans, supporting documentation, review notes and inspection signature card, and issues the building permit.  Notifies the applicant that the plans are ready for pick-up.

Confers with contractors, architects, engineers, and others regarding construction codes and building plans, and related codes and ordinances enforced by the building inspection department.

Prepares and maintains technical records and reports.

Provides advice and assistance to other departmental personnel on technical and administrative problems related to the building inspection department.

Attends work on a continuous and regular basis.


Graduation from high school or possession of an acceptable equivalency diploma and five (5) separate years of work experience for two of the job related, standard plans examiner categories listed:  building, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing;

or a bachelor’s degree in building construction, Architecture, or Engineering;

or possession of a current State of Florida contractor’s certificate;

or an equivalent combination of training, education and experience which provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Completion of an accredited apprenticeship program or college construction related course work can be substituted on a year for year basis for the required experience.



Must be certified as a State of Florida Standard Plans Examiner in at least two (2) plan examination trade categories (e.g., Building, Electrical, Mechanical, or Plumbing).

May be certified as a State of Florida Standard Plans Examiner in One and Two Family Dwelling.

May be certified as a State of Florida Standard Inspector within related trade categories.