Job Description

Overall Job Objective



Performs plan and specification review for construction, improvement, remodeling, alteration and repair plans for compliance with non-structural and/or structural codes, ordinances and regulations.

Plan Checker I: $50,835.20 - $78,769.60
Plan Checker II: $54,828.80 - $85,051.20
This examination will establish an Open Competitive and Promotional list to fill current and/or future vacancies that may occur within the next six (6) months at either level or may be extended as needed by the Office of Human Resources.  The Plan Checker I is a training underfill position, upon successful completion of the probationary period (520 hours worked to 2,080 hours worked) and the training program, which is up to two (2) years, the successful candidate will be non-competitively promoted to Plan Checker II.


Plan Checker I - is the entry level in this professional class series. Initially under close supervision, incumbents perform the more routine plan checking duties while learning codes and ordinances and becoming familiar with County policies and procedures. As experience is gained, duties become more complex and are performed under more general supervision. This class is alternately staffed with Plan Checker II and incumbents may advance to the higher level after gaining experience and demonstrating proficiency, which meet the qualifications for the higher level class.

Plan Checker II - is the experienced level in this series, fully competent to perform the full range of residential, commercial, industrial and public project plans and specifications. Successful performance of the work requires a thorough knowledge of plan checking methods and the ability to exercise sound independent judgment within established guidelines. This class is distinguished from other engineering-oriented classes in that the emphasis is specifically upon the plan checking function. It is further distinguished from Plan Check Specialist in that the latter is a registered engineer specializing in structural plan checking and from Senior Plan Checker in that the latter is the working lead level in this class series.


Education and Experience:

Plan Checker I - Equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Architecture or a field related to the work. Full-time experience as a plan checker, plan designer or inspector may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis.

Plan Checker II - In addition to the above: Minimum of one (1) year of full-time professional experience in a combination of residential, commercial and industrial plan checking.

Qualifying education and experience must be clearly documented in the "Education" and "Work Experience" sections of the application.  Do not substitute a resume for your application or write "see attached resume" on your application.

Licensing and Certification: Possess a valid Nevada Class C Driver's License at time of appointment.

Background Investigation: Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation. Periodically after employment background investigations may be conducted.

Pre-Employment Drug Testing: Employment is contingent upon the results of a pre-employment drug examination.


Reviews and examines plans and specifications for residential, commercial, industrial, public works and amusement and transportation device plans, specifications and related documents. Researches information confirm ownership, ascertain assessor's values, determine zoning area and other information; researches code provisions on difficult problems. Confers with developers, engineers, architects, contractors, property owners and others to give information regarding codes, regulations and procedures. Reviews calculations for completeness, code compliance and accuracy. Forwards plan packages to other departments and agencies for review; coordinates review with them and coordinates the plan checking process to ensure that all applicable standards have been met. Recommends necessary changes to obtain compliance with building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, solar, accessibility, energy and other codes and requirements; conveys this information to the individual submitting the plans and suggests alternative ways to meet the code requirements. Advises construction management and building inspectors and others regarding problems that may occur in the field. Provides services at a public counter to answer questions and approve minor plans. Maintains accurate records, logs and files of plans, plan review status and work performed. Monitors technical developments and legislation related to new materials and new methods of construction; recommends procedural or ordinance changes as appropriate. Prepares reports, correspondence and a variety of written materials. Contributes to the efficiency and effectiveness of the unit's service to its customers by offering suggestions and directing or participating as an active member of a work team. Uses standard office equipment, including a computer, in the course of the work; drives a personal or County vehicle to visit work sites and attend meetings.


Mobility to work in a typical office setting, use standard office equipment, and to drive a motor vehicle in order to inspect field sites and attend meetings; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person or over the telephone. Accommodation may be made for some of these physical demands for otherwise qualified individuals who require and request such accommodation.

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