Building Plans Examiner I or II - Job Code #4451

Sarasota County Government
Job Description

Building Plans Examiner I or II:  This is technical work examining plans and specifications of building construction and life safety systems for compliance with adopted and approved building codes and regulations.  Regulations include National, state and local specifications and require extensive knowledge and background of all types of building and safety codes.  This position has a high level of customer interaction and will build and foster a positive working relationships and maintain an excellent customer service standard when interfacing with both internal and external customers.


  • Provides a skilled review of residential, commercial and miscellaneous construction for the purpose of ensuring compliance with established building codes and regulations.  Provides approval and/or denial of various permits and ensures the accurate recording of all permits issued.  Consults all applicable professional and official manuals, references and code books in researching plans compliance, i.e., all construction disciplines, safety codes, fire resistance, hurricane resistance, energy codes, zoning regulations, state statutes, etc. 
  • Contacts contractors, developers, design professionals or property owners for the purpose of providing recommendations for corrections/modifications prior to issuance of applicable permitting.  Provides information to contractors, developers, engineers, architects, owners and the general public concerning building practices, building codes and permitting requirements.  Will provide and maintain an excellent customer service standard in answering questions from the public pertaining to building issues, codes and ordinances and interface positively with peers, co-workers and other customers across the enterprise.
  • Performs report and record maintenance duties, i.e., applications, rejection reports, projects completed, production reports, and case studies. Demines inspections required in order bringing about compliance and for permit issuance. 
  • Acts in assigned capacity in the event of any County declared emergency. 


Minimum Qualifications as Followed By Tiers:   

Building Plans Examiner I:  A High School Diploma or its equivalent.  Five (5) years of experience in applicable construction trade or related field inspection or plans review.  Bachelor's Degree or courses from an accredited college or university in Civil Engineering, Architecture, Fire Administration, Building Construction/Inspection, or related field may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required experience with at least one year of field construction. (30 college credits is considered equivalent to one year of experience).  Must have or the ability to obtain, within 120 days of hire, a provisional license as a Building Plans Examiner and must possess or be able to obtain a Standard Building Plans Examiner license prior to the expiration of the Provisional License (within 1 year of issuance of Provisional License).  Valid Florida Driver’s License is required.  

Building Plans Examiner II:  High School Diploma or its equivalent.  Minimum three (3) years of experience performing plans reviews and/or inspections. Standard Building Plans Examiner License AND one of the following licenses:  Standard Inspector License, Mechanical Commercial Plans Examiner License, Plumbing Commercial Plans Examiner License, Electrical Commercial Plans Examiner License, 1 and 2 Family Inspector License, 1 and 2 Family Dwelling Plans Examiner License, or Fire Safety Inspector I.  Valid Florida Driver’s License is required.

Pay Range:

Building Plans Examiner I (9931) - $24.00 - $26.83

Building Plans Examiner II (9932)- $25.00 - $31.08

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