Recruitment #1709-1851-001


With your background in building construction inspection or a related field, you could have a direct, positive impact on the safety and well-being of customers of the Department of Neighborhood Services (DNS) in this varied and interesting position!


Under the direction of the Permit and Development Center Manager, the Plan Examiner Specialist provides primary service to walk-in customers of the DNS Development Center who are seeking building permits and certificates or information regarding City of Milwaukee building and zoning codes. The Specialist also provides support to Plan Examiner IIs and IIIs in reviewing plans and preparing documents related to the issuing of building permits.

Essential Functions

  • Examine and approve plans and permit applications for the construction or installation of architectural and related mechanical systems pursuant to State and City codes and other regulatory agency requirements.
  • Review, approve, and process applications for certificates of occupancy.
  • Review and process applications for zoning statements.
  • Provide in-person, telephone, and email information to customers regarding the building and zoning code and the development and permitting process.
  • Prepare denials of applications for proposed projects and uses that require approval from the Board of Zoning Appeals or the Standards and Appeals Commission.
  • Assist in the maintenance of permit records, building and zoning code regulations, and other data necessary to provide a uniform flow of plan processing and issuance of permits in a timely manner.
  • Seek ways to improve departmental efficiency, such as reducing the time required to review, approve, and process applications for certificates of occupancy.
  • Coordinate the issuance of permits with other City departments and governmental agencies.

Reasonable accommodations requested by qualified individuals with disabilities will be made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.

Minimum Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree in architecture, engineering, building construction, or related from an accredited college or university AND one year of professional experience in building construction or a comparable field as described under #2, below, OR
  2. Five years of experience as a building construction inspector; construction trades inspector;  construction superintendent; contractor; journey-level carpenter, mason, steamfitter, or sheet metal worker; or code enforcement official (code enforcement experience will be considered only for the time period it is accompanied by certification as a building construction inspector and UDC Construction Inspector.)
  3. State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) certification as a Commercial Building Inspector, UDC Construction Inspector, and UDC HVAC Inspector within six months of appointment.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may also be considered.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If applicable, college transcripts are required and must be received by the application period closing date. Transcripts should be attached to your online application. Applications without transcripts attached will be considered incomplete and will be rejected. Student/unofficial copies are acceptable; however, your transcript must be legible and include your college/university name, your name, the degree completed (if applicable) and the date completed.

Knowledges, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics

  • Knowledge of the building and construction field, including the materials, methods, and tools involved in the construction or repair of houses and other buildings to ensure the safety of the public.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as laws, regulations, and technical publications.
  • Ability to read and interpret technical plans, blueprints, drawings, models, and maps; ability to evaluate plans to ascertain whether they comply with building and zoning code regulations.
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing excellent customer service.
  • Ability to serve customers in a courteous, professional, and calm manner.
  • Interpersonal skills to be able to maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, City managers and officials, representatives of outside agencies, and the public.
  • Cultural competence and the ability to respect differences while working in a diverse team environment.
  • Written communication skills, including the ability to write correspondence and reports.
  • Ability to use various software applications to enter and retrieve information, manage records, produce documents, and communicate with customers.
  • Critical thinking skills to be able to resolve complex issues on a daily basis.
  • Ability to effectively plan work, manage multiple priorities, and meet tight deadlines.
  • Knowledge of continuous improvement methods, and ability to take steps to improve efficiency.
  • Ability to represent the department honestly and ethically.

Current Salary

The current salary range (Pay Range 2EN) for City of Milwaukee residents is $56,170-$63,426 annually, and the non-resident salary range is $54,792-$61,870. Career Ladder Position: Employees will advance to the next rate in the range upon certification by the Commissioner-Building Inspection of having attained the required skills, job performance, and demonstrated competencies.

The City of Milwaukee provides a comprehensive benefit program that includes the following:

  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • Comprehensive Wellness Program
  • Onsite Clinic Services
  • Onsite Employee Assistance Program
  • Alternative Work Schedules
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Tuition Benefits
  • Paid Vacation
  • 11 Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Leave and other paid leaves
  • Flexible Spending Arrangement
  • Commuter Value Pass

For full details of the benefits offered by the City of Milwaukee, please visit

Selection Process

THE SELECTION PROCESS will be job related and will consist of one or more of the following: education and experience evaluation; written, oral, or performance tests, or other assessment methods. The Department of Employee Relations and the Department of Neighborhood Services reserve the right to call only the most qualified candidates to oral and performance examinations. Oral examinations may include written exercises. Selection process component weights will be determined by further analysis of the job.

INITIAL FILING DATE - The examination will be held as soon as practical after Tuesday, January 2, 2018 Currently extended to Monday, January 22, 2018. Receipt of applications may be discontinued at any time after this date without prior notice. However, recruitment may continue until the needs of the City have been met. Qualified applicants will be notified of the date, time, and place of the examination. Unless otherwise required by law, the City of Milwaukee will not provide alternative test administration. The applicant is responsible for attending all phases of the job selection process at the time and place designated by the City of Milwaukee.

Additional Information

  • APPLICATIONS and further information may be accessed by visiting,
  • If you would like assistance completing an application, please contact the Department of Employee Relations at (414) 286-3751 or
  • The Department of Employee Relations is located at City Hall, 200 E. Wells St., Room 706, Milwaukee, WI 53202.


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The City of Milwaukee values and encourages diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.