Building Plans Examiner

Recruitment #1812-BPEXAMCPR5-002



Hillsborough County Government provides employees with careers that are both professionally and personally rewarding. With a wide range of independent agencies to choose from, the opportunities within Hillsborough County Government are endless! You are not just an employee within the government, you are an ambassador and business partner making a huge impact within our community that helps shape our future.


Our mission is to provide effective quality service at a reasonable cost with courtesy, integrity and accountability in a manner that protects and enhances the quality of life of our diverse population.


  • High school graduate or in possession of a GED certificate.
  • 5 years of work experience in plan review.
  • Possess a Florida Standard Plan Examiner License, Professional Engineer License, or Architect license.
  • Working knowledge of the Florida Building Code and other industry codes and standards.
  • Ability to analyze and communicate complex code issues to any intended audience.  


This is technical work examining plans and specifications of building construction and life of safety systems for compliance with adopted and approved building and fire safety codes and regulations. Regulations include national, state and local specifications and require extensive knowledge and background of all types of building and safety codes.


Graduation from high school or possession of a G.E.D Certificate; and minimum 3 years of experience performing plans reviews and/or inspections; and
Possession of a Standard Plans Examiner License and Standard Inspector License issued under Chapter 468 of the Florida Statutes; and
Possession of a valid Driver License


  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals


Light work - Exerting up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.  If the use of arm and/or leg control requires exertion of forces greater than that of sedentary work and if the worker sits most of the time, the job is considered light work.


  • The work is performed mostly in office settings. Some outdoor work may be required in the inspection of buildings and construction sites. 
  • Ability to operate tools, controls and office equipment, and should be flexible enough to crouch, kneel, crawl, climb and balance, as these maneuvers are occasionally necessary when inspecting buildings.


    Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform one or more of the activities described below:

    • Reviews building permit applications, site plans, and construction documents for completeness and conformance with the applicable provisions of the Building, Plumbing, Mechanical, or Electrical codes; ensures that projects have approval from proper agencies; monitors status of pending applications. 
    • Provides information and technical assistance concerning building codes, technical requirements, permit requirements; explains the permit application process and associated fees to customers; assists applicants with applications; refers applicants to other departments to facilitate permit issuance; responds to complaints, researches problems, and initiates problem resolution. 
    • Determines whether submitted documents comply with applicable codes; writes permit review comments; calculates building fees and impact fees. 
    • Ensures that projects comply with the Florida Accessibility Code, the Life, Safety Codes, and the Florida Energy Code. 
    • Receives various forms, reports, correspondence, permit applications, architectural plans, blueprints, surveys, engineering reports, permits, maps, codes, ordinances, policies, manuals, reference materials, or other documentation; reviews, completes, processes, forwards or retains as appropriate. 
    • Instructs applicants in procedures and qualifications. 
    • Reviews qualifications of contractors. 
    • May inspects existing buildings for structural, plumbing, electrical, and/or mechanical compliance with codes 
    • May performs inspections of constructions, installations and repairs, and issues notices of code violations applicable to the trade in accordance with the Florida Building Codes and Hillsborough County Construction Ordinance. 
    • May supervise subordinates by planning, assigning, directing and reviewing work, providing training and counseling, and evaluating performance to ensure that all work activities are carried out properly and in accordance with governing directives. 
    • Furnishes technical advice and information to field and office personnel within the limits of authority assigned by the Supervisor or Building Official. 
    • Plans, coordinates, and conducts training courses for field Inspectors when so directed. 
    • Trains lower level Building Inspectors in their initial inspection duties and procedures. 
    • Answers questions from the public pertaining to building issues 
    • Prepares work sheets and daily activity reports 
    • Prepares and submits reports of buildings in violation of building, plumbing, mechanical or electrical codes.


    • Knowledge of State and local codes and laws governing building construction or mechanical, electrical, gas or plumbing system construction and installation. 
    • Knowledge of federal and state accessibility requirements for commercial, industrial, and residential construction. 
    • Knowledge of the principles of structural engineering. 
    • Knowledge of inspection methods and procedures, and 
    • Knowledge of the materials and methods used in general building construction 
    • Knowledge of applicable County and office policies and procedures. 
    • Ability to read and interpret plans diagrams, blueprints, and specifications. 
    • Ability to prepare reports and maintain records. 
    • Ability to use a computer and related software. 
    • Ability to read and interpret building construction plans and specifications 
    • Ability to enforce codes and regulations firmly, tactfully and impartially 
    • Ability to work effectively with others. 
    • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. 
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees, contractors, engineers and the general public. 
    • Knowledge of State and local codes and laws governing building construction or mechanical, electrical, gas or plumbing system construction and installation. 
    • Knowledge of federal and state accessibility requirements for commercial, industrial, and residential construction. 
    • Knowledge of the principles of structural engineering. 
    • Knowledge of inspection methods and procedures. 
    • Ability to read and interpret complex building/construction plans, diagrams, blueprints, and specifications. 
    • Outstanding communication techniques 
    • Strong client/customer relations and ability to work with others



    We offer much more than the competitive pay you expect. We value our employees and Hillsborough County Government is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. And because we understand that no two people are exactly alike, you can choose what best suits the needs of you and your family.

    • Health Plan: The County pays towards health insurance premiums for all employees. Employees can select from two (2) healthcare plan options. Coverage is effective the first of the month following thirty (30) days of employment.
    • Dental Insurance: Employees are eligible to enroll in the dental coverage and choose from four options: High DMO, Low DMO, a network Open Access Plan, and a PPO. Coverage is effective the first of the month following thirty (30) days of employment.
    • Vision Care: Employees and their dependents are eligible to enroll in the vision coverage. Co-payment coverage includes exams, lens and frame, as well as an allowable contact lens expense. Coverage is effective the first of the month following thirty (30) days of employment.
    • Employee Assistance Program: This program provides all employees and family members with professional, confidential counseling sessions. All employees and dependents are afforded up to six (6) free visits per Plan year. Coverage begins on the first day of employment.
    • Tuition Reimbursement: Employees may be reimbursed up to $1,000 (undergraduate), $2000 (graduate) per fiscal year for classes at an accredited college or university for courses that enhance your ability to perform your current job duties.
    • Holidays: Employees receive up to twelve (12) paid holidays per year.

    Visit our Benefits page for more exciting details.

    Veteran’s Preference:

    Do you qualify for Veteran's Preference? Preference will only be entitled upon initial appointment for eligible veterans and eligible spouses of veterans. Documentation that clearly shows dates of service, campaign awards or medals received, and character of discharge (DD-214 Member-4 or Service-2 copy) to support entitlement to preference must be provided at the time of application.

    Equal Opportunity Employer:

    Hillsborough County Government provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Hillsborough County Government complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

    Hillsborough County welcomes and encourages applications from minorities, veterans, and persons with physical and mental disabilities, and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons in the application and testing process. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation requests will be on a case-by-case basis.

    Hillsborough County Government expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Hillsborough County Government’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge

    Hillsborough County is a drug free workplace.

    Response/Recovery Activities:

    Employees are required to participate in response/recovery activities in response to an emergency or natural disaster affecting County operations and/or its citizens. In such situations, every effort will be made to maintain operations, but employees will be assigned to carry out response activities suited to their skills and capabilities. *MON*