Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Job Title:Building Plans Examiner (TLT)
Closing Date/Time:Continuous
Salary:$6,079.00 - $7,412.00 Monthly
$72,948.00 - $88,944.00 Annually
Job Type:Regular Full-time
Location: 220 4th Ave. S., Kent, Washington

The City of Kent is currently accepting applications for the position of Building Plans Examiner (TLT). The primary functions of this job include reviewing construction plans to make sure that legal codes are followed and ensuring that new construction meets criteria laid out by regulatory standards. The ideal candidate will have expert knowledge of local building ordinances and great skill in reading design maps and diagrams for buildings. Having the ability to establish healthy working relationships is also essential for success in this job.  If this sounds like a good fit for you, we welcome your application for this position!

This is a temporary limited term (TLT) position.  Funding for the position is approved until July 1, 2021.  It is a benefited position represented by AFSCME.  Please contact Human Resources if you have questions regarding the employment status of this position.  

**Please note that you must attach your cover letter and resume to your application in order for your application to be considered complete.  Uploading your resume to auto-fill portions of the application does not substitute for attaching it to your application.  Incomplete applications will not be considered for this position.  If you experience technical difficulties, please contact our office Monday-Friday, between 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM at (253) 856-5270 and we will do our best to assist you.**

Under the direction of the Building Official, perform a variety of tasks related to the regulation of construction work and/or conditions involving the development, use, and maintenance of land and structures to secure compliance with pertinent state and/or City building, mechanical, plumbing, energy and related codes. 
Work is characterized by specialized technical duties involved in land and structure development plans examination.  This typically involves the analytical examination and evaluation of plans for proposed construction and development to determine conformance with applicable codes and regulations.  Incumbent communicates the results of the examination and evaluation of plans to developers, architects and engineers and property owners to assist them in achieving code-complying designs; and coordinates with other City staff reviewing other aspects of such plans.
Work is performed independently under minimal supervision.  Incumbent is frequently required to perform work under pressure for deadlines.  Incumbent is also frequently involved in complex, difficult issues requiring a considerable amount of tact and diplomacy. Incumbent is required to maintain professional composure and demonstrate tact, patience and courtesy at all times.
 Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Examine and analyze plans and related documents associated with permit applications to determine compliance with pertinent state and/or local codes; approve plans for permit issuance if code compliance is demonstrated; communicate details of non-compliance to applicant for correction.
Coordinate plans review activities with other City staff, City and appropriate County and/or State government agencies for proposals requiring multi-agency review.
Provide permit applicants, the public and development design professionals with code information to assist them in achieving code-complying designs and in understanding construction code purposes and provisions.
Assist other City staff by providing technical information relating to code requirements; specific project development design details in order achieve code compliance; and in coordinating permit process activities and documentation.
Occasionally perform field inspections to investigate technical problems, disputes, or special circumstances; or to assist inspectors in the performance of their duties.
In emergency conditions, conduct building damage assessment inspections, determine, record and report damage and usability status findings in accordance with ATC (Applied Technology Council) 20-2 standards.  Post buildings inspected with placards identifying usability status.
Create and maintain accurate and complete records of plan review and related activities.
Actively support the vision, mission, values and goals of the department and the City.
Participate in and assist with ongoing Division plans and activities to improve customer service, productivity and efficiency in the delivery of this service.
Perform related duties as assigned.
 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Modern principles and practices in the development and execution of permit process, inspection and code enforcement methods, techniques, processes, procedures, and related documents
  • Development and construction processes, procedures, designs, materials, construction methods and related documents
  • Architectural, engineering and cartographic expressions of development designs
  • The International Building Code, International Residential Code, International Mechanical Code, Uniform Plumbing Code, Washington State Energy Code, Washington State Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality Code, Washington State amendments to the International and Uniform Codes and related standards, codes and other applicable regulations governing the development, construction, use and maintenance of land and structures
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • City organization, operations, policies and objectives
  • Modern office practices, procedures, automation and equipment
  • Accurately, efficiently and effectively analyzing development and construction designs and related documents to determine code compliance
  • Reading and understanding construction plans, codes and related documents
  • Interpersonal communication using tact, patience and courtesy
  • Effective use of oral and written communications including correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary
  • Organizing, scheduling and completing units of work to meet deadlines
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Positively and effectively interact with diverse individuals to accomplish common goals
  • Use listed tools and equipment
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with City officials, City employees and the public
  • Prepare clear and concise correspondence and written materials
  • Effectively communicate highly technical and complex information relating to construction design and regulatory codes
  • Resolve conflicts in a positive manner
  • Work independently with minimal direction

 Education, Experience and Other Requirements:

Education:  Graduation from high school, or equivalent; and
Experience: Three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in inspection and plan review of developments for compliance with pertinent codes and regulations for a municipality.
Or:  In place of the above requirements, the incumbent may possess any combination of relevant education and experience which would demonstrate the individual's knowledge, skills and ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above.
  • International Code Council Certification as a Plans Examiner, or the ability to obtain certification within 12 months of employment
  • Valid Washington State Driver's License
  • Must have and maintain a good driving record
  • Must successfully pass a Washington State Patrol background inquiry


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