Plans Examiner II - Yakima, WA

Employer: The City of Yakima

Job Description:
High School diploma or equivalent plus twelve (12) months of general office work with two (2) years of plan review or building construction work experience required. Courses in building technology or architecture may substitute for twelve (12) months of the required work experience. Education or experience related to municipal codes and/or building regulations is required.

Must possess and maintain a valid Washington State Driver's License. Obtain and maintain a valid First Aid/CPR certificate within six (6) months of appointment. Must possess a valid Plans Examiner Certificate from the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) or Commercial Plans Examiner Certificate from the International Code Council (ICC) at time of appointment.

Job Summary:
Under limited supervision, performs plan review to assure compliance with all City building codes. Performs professional and highly technical level work, in the building code enforcement field by the review of plans, specifications, and calculations to verify their conformance to the building construction related codes adopted by the City of Yakima. Provides advice to the public and other staff members, on the engineering, fire and life safety, mechanical, plumbing aspects of the uniform codes. Assists when necessary with the permit application process by ensuring the completeness of applications and supporting documentation. Performs related work as required and enforces related regulations as defined by Ordinance, Resolution and the Urban Area Zoning Ordinance.

Essential Functions:
Accepts applications from the public and reviews to ensure necessary information is provided. Assists in completing applications and explains the application process.

Reviews blueprints of plans of proposed construction or remodeling for compliance submitted by citizens in order to advise them of all City fire and building codes; issues permits and provides information about zoning laws, land usage, and other related matters; prepares reports of activities and writes letters of corrections/acceptance.

Responds to inquiries at the counter or on the phone relating to regulations, charges, documentation, and the process of obtaining permits. Calculates fees and charges based on established procedures, may collect fees.

Researches records and files regarding a variety of building-related or land use issues. Collects and compiles information as assigned.

Monitors the review process by routing applications and plans; tracks applications through the approval process. Notifies supervisor of applications requiring special attention to expedite the approval process.

Issues sign permits over the counter.

Assists in the development of public information materials.

Remains current on City codes as it affects area of assignment.
Performs basic engineering of storm drainage layouts.

Provides information to the public concerning structural, zoning, and other matters; works with developers towards plan completion; collects monies for permits issued.

Requires regular and reliable attendance.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Major Worker Characteristics:
Knowledge of: City building codes, zoning laws, and other related guidelines, rules and regulations; City codes and local ordinances as they relate to area of assignment; building construction, engineering, or land use planning principles and practices; record and bookkeeping systems; Various construction materials and methods; Modern office practices and procedures; mapping and basic engineering principles and plans; and legal descriptions.
Ability to: Meet and deal with the public in a courteous and tactful manner; to read and interpret plans, specifications; blueprints of ordinary, and extraordinary, complexity; Convey to the public the requirements of codes, and work in progress, in an effective manner both orally and in writing; Perform complex mathematical calculations; establish and maintain accurate records; operate office equipment such as blueprint machine; computer, fax machine, copier, laminating equipment and calculator; Read and interpret legal descriptions and complex plans and maps.
Must be able to communicate clearly and effectively, with employees, and members of the public representing diverse levels of education and background, utilizing well-developed communication skills, both written and oral, with appropriate use of business English, including but not limited to correct grammar, vocabulary, letter composition, editing, spelling, and punctuation. Must routinely and regularly maintain confidentiality and discretion through all forms of communication.
Ability to establish, facilitate, and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, other departments, outside vendors and other members of the public, continually demonstrate tact, diplomacy, and respect to individuals, groups and organizations representing a wide diversity of ethnicities, cultures, opinions, and beliefs. Ability to positively receive feedback and take direction is essential.

Work is performed primarily in an office environment while sitting at a desk or computer terminal for extended periods of time or while standing for a period of time. Occasionally needs to move inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc. May be required to drive to meeting and inspection sites. Constant use of both hands in reaching/handling/grasping/fingering while performing duties operating on computers. Occasional heavy work includes lifting and carrying up to 25 pounds. Occasionally ascends/descends stairs and ladders while maintaining balance. Constant use of all senses including feeling/talking/hearing/seeing while performing duties and while communicating with co-workers, general public and completing all tasks as assigned. Must be able to distinguish color and maintain long-term and short-term memory. May work in noisy work area. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Subject to frequent interruptions and extensive contact with the public. May encounter angry or upset customers when conducting office and fieldwork.

Contact Person:
Location: Yakima, WA
Application Method: Online
Base Pay: $25.90 - $31.13 HR

Posted on July 23, 2019
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