Spokane County Building and Planning Plans Examiner 1

$16.90 - $22.80 Hourly
$2,746.10 - $3,705.48 Monthly
$32,953.20 - $44,465.76 Annually

OPENING DATE: 09/20/17

CLOSING DATE: Continuous

DEPARTMENT: Building and Planning

JOB SUMMARY: WHO MAY APPLY: This recruitment is open to all applicants meeting the minimum requirements. Priority consideration will be given to Spokane County Master Contract members submitting applications between 9/20/17 and 9/26/17. First consideration will be given to 1553 members working in Building and Planning; second consideration will be given to 1553 members countywide; third consideration will be given to all other master contract members; fourth consideration will be given to all other applicants.

TOTAL COMPENSATION: $42,180.09 - $56,916.17 annually. Total compensation is an estimate based upon base compensation, median retirement fund contributions, and current employer-paid health and related benefit contribution rates (including medical, dental, life insurance, long term disability, and leave). The actual total will vary depending upon each employee's enrollment choices.

This is specialized work in review of construction plans and specifications for compliance with County and State codes and ordinances related to building construction.


Under close supervision, examines and reviews construction plans and specifications to assure compliance with applicable local and State Building, Fire, Accessibility and other construction codes and ordinances.

Provide technical and educational information, assisting department customers by phone, electronic communication, or in person with: code requirements, permit application procedures, review of building plans, provides written or verbal information pertaining to code interpretations, occupancy/construction type, department policy, on-site deviations revealed as result of inspection.

Coordinates plan reviews with other departments, agencies and staff.

Attends pre-application conferences.

Corresponds with architects, contractors, engineers and property owners regarding code requirements and plan deficiencies.

Researches ownership and legal descriptions to verify locations of construction.

Reviews requests, acts upon applications and may inspect work relating to permits.

Interprets ordinances and codes for applicability to projects under review.

Performs other related duties as required.


TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: High school diploma or equivalent and two (2) years of responsible experience in the various phases of building construction, plan review or inspection work, or permit process. Course work or training in plans examination, architecture or a related field may be substituted, year for year, for the required experience.

LICENSE: Possession of a valid lawful driver's license at the time of application and must be maintained throughout employment.

  • Uncertified –ICC Residential Plans Examiner, or ICC Building Plans Examiner within 18 mos., or
  • Certified – ICC Residential Plans Examiner, or ICC Residential Building Inspector, or ICC Building Plans Examiner

NOTE: Individuals hired as Uncertified Plans Examiner 1 are achieve and possess applicable valid ICC certification within the time-period stated herein. Incumbents hired as a Certified Plans Examiner 1 are expected to progress to the Plans Examiner 2 level within two (2) years of their hire date.


Knowledge of:

  • State and local construction codes and ordinances relative to general construction, land use, and design practices as demonstrated by experience and certifications relative to the assigned area(s) of expertise.
  • various construction materials and methods.
  • customer service techniques and phone etiquette.
  • the principles, methods, practices and procedures necessary to perform the duties of the position.

Ability to:

  • understand and carry out complex written and oral instructions.
  • read and interpret plans specifications and drawings.
  • establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, other governmental agencies, department customers.
  • convey and communicate ideas and information effectively, orally and in writing.
  • deal with customers and co-workers in a tactful, calm, courteous and professional manner often in stressful situations.
  • exercise initiative and judgment, and to make decisions within the scope of assigned authority.
  • handle interruptions efficiently and effectively.
  • follow work direction and complete projects and meet deadlines.
  • maintain complex records and files and organize facts and present findings, conclusions and recommendations in a clear, concise and logical manner.
  • resolve problems, use discretion, and make sound judgments.

Skilled in:

  • applying customer service techniques.
  • Operation of standard office equipment, and computers, including databases, word processing, technical software, and internet based applications/research.


824 N Adams
Spokane, WA 99260

[email protected]

Position #17-00252

BUILDING AND PLANNING PLANS EXAMINER 1 (OPEN & PROMOTIONAL) LW Human Resources Civil Service (509) 477-5750 (509) 477-4711 [email protected] [email protected]