Plans Reviewer II

City Of Hampton, VA Hampton , VA 23669

Posted 4 days ago


Examines and reviews plans for both commercial and residential projects to include the review of complex building plans to ensure compliance with all applicable architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing codes. The primary focus of this position will be the review of mechanical, plumbing and electrical drawings. Works collaboratively with the Development Services Center team to ensure service delivery is accurate, efficient and timely.

Examples of Duties

  • Examines building plans to ensure compliance with all applicable architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing codes to ensure full compliance with City policies, codes, ordinances and standards.

  • Provides verbal and written information and official decisions to developers, design professionals and property owners in response to informal and formal development inquiries. Maintains an official log of all formal interpretations made by the Building Official.

  • Reviews proposed and approved plans with the Building Official to ensure that code intent and provisions are satisfied and to facilitate familiarity with project schedules, construction plans and specifications, private obligations, and public commitments. Coordinates plan review and permit issuance with other City and State agencies.

  • Authorizes issuance of building permits and calculates proper assessment of permit fees based on established standards and guidelines.

  • Responds to a variety of questions concerning City and State policy and procedures for contractor registration, licensing, permit application, construction and code compliance.

  • Works collaboratively with the Senior Plans Reviewer, the Community Development Department Director and Deputy Director and other Development Services Center personnel to review building codes in order to recommend code revisions and to ensure that all staff remains informed of new developments in construction materials or methods.

  • Inputs information and data regarding plans review activities, development project attributes and building code compliance decisions into a database to enable orderly, consistent and accurate execution of land use and physical development permit issuance, inspections and enforcement activities.

  • Attends training seminars and meetings as required by the State or Building Official to keep abreast of Code revisions and new construction materials and methods.

  • Develops and implements instructional sessions on a regularly scheduled basis to ensure the transfer of knowledge and information. Actively participates in technical training and professional development of Plans Review staff with regard to basic code interpretation and plans review and permitting criteria and procedures.

  • Designs and maintains user friendly written and illustrative guidelines to assist customer comprehension of minimum building code requirements for development project plans and to serve as a template when professional drawings are not required.

  • Maintains files of all plans, specifications, permits, inspection records and other related documents for all structures and properties under the authority of the Building Official.

  • Performs other related duties as required.

Typical Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture, Civil Engineering, Technology or a related field of study. A minimum of three (3) years of experience as a plans reviewer, building inspector, or building contractor. A minimum of one (1) year of experience in the electrical, plumbing or mechanical trades preferred. Requires certification as a Building Plans Examiner or Building Inspector by the Department of Housing and Community Development or must obtain certification within one (1) year of employment in this position. Considerable knowledge of building codes and regulations; excellent skill in reading, examining, and interpreting architectural, engineering and construction documents for compliance with codes, regulations and standards. Good proficiency in the operation of a personal computer; familiarity with one or more specialized automated systems used in regulation of land use, development and code enforcement. Ability to establish and maintain exceptional customer service delivery while maintaining high standards of accuracy and efficiency in a timely manner; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relations with co-workers and a variety of internal and external customers; ability to foster effective public relations and work effectively with diverse groups; ability to investigate and respond to complaints; ability to make decisions and determinations which require a high level of initiative and independent judgment. Must possess a valid motor vehicle operator's license and possess and maintain a satisfactory driving record based on the City's criteria. An acceptable combination of experience and education may be considered in lieu of the specific requirements above. Any person under consideration for this position must successfully complete a Virginia Criminal History Background Check.

Supplemental Information

Performs duties under the general guidance and supervision of the Senior Plans Reviewer and the Community Development Department Deputy Director. This position requires extensive independent judgment and critical thinking in accomplishing assigned duties within established guidelines. Works collaboratively with other Development Services Center personnel and other Community Development Department personnel. Requires the ability to function as a team member and work cooperatively and collaboratively to meet deadlines and effectively manage moderate to high levels of stress. May require use of personal vehicle for local travel and occasional attendance at meetings generally held after normal working hours. This is an exempt position.

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Plans Reviewer II

City Of Hampton, VA