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Hillsborough County Government

Chief Plans Examiner (#CPLEXMGENS) GENS
$25.69-$40.78 Hourly / $4,452.93-$7,068.53 Monthly / $53,435.20-$84,822.40 Yearly


Performs supervisory and administrative work in directing the examination of plans, blueprints, and specifications pertaining to the construction of commercial, industrial, and residential projects to ensure structural soundness and compliance with all applicable building/construction codes and ordinances.


Graduation from high school or possession of a GED Certificate; and
Five years of experience as a licensed Building Plans Examiner in the State of Florida; and
Possession of a standard Building Plans Examiner License issued by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Building Code Administrators and Inspectors Board, under Chapter 468 of the Florida Statutes; and
Possession of a Building Code Administrator License issued by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Building Code Administrators and Inspectors Board, under Chapter 468 of the Florida Statutes.

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-specific competencies noted below.


  • 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.


  • Knowledge of State and local codes and laws for commercial, industrial, and residential building construction, mechanical, electrical, fuel gas and plumbing system construction design 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.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Skill in the application of supervisory techniques.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others within and outside own organization.
  • Ability to use initiative and exercise sound judgment. 
  • Ability to prepare reports and maintain records.
  • Ability to maintain a current Plans Examiner license.
  • Ability to maintain a current Building Code Administrator license.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.


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.

  • Supervises subordinates by planning, assigning, directing, and reviewing their work; providing training and counseling; and evaluating performance to ensure that all work activities are carried out properly and in accordance with governing directives.
  • Provides advice and assistance on work processes, best practices and subject matter expertise to subordinates.
  • Assists in resolving operational and administrative problems and provides direction regarding unusual or complex problems.
  • Confers with Building Official on general policies related to departmental policy, special assignments, and on matters relating to the Florida Building Code.
  • Examines commercial, industrial, and residential plans, blueprints, and specifications for compliance with construction building codes.
  • Interprets codes and regulations to builders, property owners, and other interested parties and assists them in the alteration of construction plans to meet all applicable building and construction related codes.
  • Maintains appropriate files for the efficient recording and issuing of building permits.
  • Consults with appropriate personnel within the various inspection divisions (i.e., building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas) to insure that proposed plans and specifications comply with all applicable codes and ordinances.
  • Functions in a liaison capacity between the agency to which assigned and all applicable parties.
  • Insures that projects comply with the Florida Accessibility Code, the Life, Safety Codes, and the Florida Energy Code.
  • Attends industry meetings to address upcoming code issues.
  • May perform duties of the Building Official during absences.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

This classification description is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as an all inclusive list of the duties associated with a particular position. Management may require incumbents to perform job duties other than those contained in this document at any time.