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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 3186 - Plans Examiner

Job Description

GRADE: 212

Under general direction; performs work of considerable difficulty in reviewing and checking building and site plans to ensure compliance with County codes and ordinances; performs related work as required

This position is responsible for performing complicated reviews of all types of building permit applications, construction plans, and site plans submitted by applicants and contractors to ensure compliance with the DuPage County Building code and applicable ordinances. Direction is received from the Regulatory Services Manager.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.
• Examines plans, blueprints, and specification of all types of developments to ensure compliance with the DuPage County Building Code, DuPage County Zoning Ordinance and other applicable ordinances
• Approves, rejects, or suggests modifications to plans; requests additional information and details to assist in making decisions and approving proposed projects
• Meets with developers, architects and engineers for preliminary plan reviews
• Interprets the provision of the DuPage County Building Code to architects, engineers, contractors, owners, and the general public
• Responds to inquiries about code interpretation, requirements, technical aspects, and prepares reports
• Compiles and maintains files of technical information pertaining to assigned projects
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Structural principles and practices as applied to building design and construction;
• Standard architectural principles and practices as applied to building design
• Review of automatic fire suppression systems and fire alarm systems for compliance with codes
• Real property ownership records, mapping systems, and real property transactions.
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• Reading and interpreting complex structural plans and specifications
• Interpreting and applying DuPage County building codes
• Working tactfully with contractors, architects, engineers, and property owners on building design problems
• Identifying and discussing alternatives to bring proposed projects into code compliance
• Advising others on technical questions related to building codes, ordinance interpretations, and building design and construction;
• Preparing written reports, correspondence, and maintaining accurate records.
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc.
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office

Ability to:
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
• Plan, analyze and evaluate programs and services, operational needs and fiscal constraints
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations and statutory requirements
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality


Completion of an Associate’s Degree in, Building Technology, or a related field, and three years’ experience in building inspection, plan review; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

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

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position is typically office or administrative work and is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.