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City of Reno, NV Plans Examiner in Reno, Nevada

Plans Examiner

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Plans Examiner

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$67,814.29 - $95,410.12 Annually

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Classification Description Summary

Under supervision, checks building plans and specifications for compliance with established uniform building codes, zoning regulations and ordinances; coordinates plan checking activities with other departments; and provides assistance and information to the general public.

Essential Functions

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Perform plan checking activities; examine plans, specifications, and related documents for compliance with established building codes, zoning regulations, and ordinances; verify and review engineering calculations for completeness, code compliance and accuracy.

Review plans for conformance with various building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and structural codes and regulations; review plans for conformance with accessibility and energy conservation codes and regulations; review plans for building water supply and distribution, sanitary drainage systems and fuel gas supply piping.

Examine and verify accuracy of electrical load calculations, general use electrical equipment and communications systems.

Provide information and assistance to the public, contractors, and architects involving the interpretation of construction codes, ordinances and zoning regulations; recommend necessary changes to plans to obtain compliance with applicable codes.

Coordinate plan checking activities with other departments; transmit plans and specifications to appropriate departments, divisions or outside consultants; transmit other department comments to applicants as necessary.

Track plans through other departments and agencies for review; establish and maintain system of log sheets and files to track current status of projects; file approved plans and specifications.

Advise building inspectors, field inspectors, and others regarding potential field inspection problems; perform on-site inspections to help resolve difficult problems as necessary.

Maintain appropriate records on plans examining activities; prepare reports, correspondence and a variety of other written materials as requested.

Provide customer service at the front counter; respond to citizen questions and inquiries; render interpretations and applications of construction codes.

Monitor technical developments of products and materials being used in the industry as well as listings/approvals of new and currently in use products, materials, and methods of construction; stays abreast of recent as well as pending code changes as well as changes in methods of construction; recommends procedural or policy changes as appropriate.

Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

Principles and practices of plans examination work.

Methods and materials used in the construction of buildings and related structures.

Pertinent building and zoning codes, ordinances and regulations.

Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

Principles and procedures of record keeping.

Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations.

Ability to:

Analyze, interpret and accurately check building plans and specifications.

Understand, interpret and enforce building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical codes and ordinances.

Perform routine plans examination functions.

Maintain complete and accurate records of plan and specification checks.

Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.

Respond to requests and inquiries from the general public.

Understand and follow oral and written instructions.

Work in a team based environment to achieve common goals.

Coordinate multiple projects and complex tasks simultaneously.

Meet the physical requirements to safely and effectively perform the assigned duties.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Equivalent to the graduation of the twelfth grade supplemented by college level course work in planning, construction or a related field.


Two years of building or construction plan review experience.

License or Certificate:

Possession of an appropriate, valid driver's license.

Possession of, or ability to obtain within one year, a Plans Examiner certificate.

Supplemental Information


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Other Requirements

Local 39 Non-Supervisory


Last Update: 8/2019

JD 11/2018


No state income tax.

Nevada PERS retirement plan. Vesting in 5 years.

No social security participation (1.45 % Medicare deduction required).

City paid medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage for employee. City pays a substantial amount towards dependent coverage.

City paid long term disability insurance and life insurance.

Twelve paid holidays.

Deferred compensation plans 457 and 401(a) available.

Vacation leave accrued at 4 hours per bi-weekly pay period.

Sick leave accrued at 4 hours per bi-weekly pay period.

Credit Union available.


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