BUILDING PLANS EXAMINER - Planning & Development Services Dept.

Recruitment #2209-2581-001


The City of Tucson Planning and Development Services Department is seeking multiple Building Plans Examiners to join our customer-centric culture providing strategic, timely service to an engaged public. The Building Plans Examiner will perform building code plan review of new and existing structures for compliance with the applicable ICC Codes in one or more (combination reviewer) of the following disciplines: Commercial Architectural/Structural, Commercial Mechanical & Plumbing, Commercial Electrical, and Residential.  
The Building Plans Examiner will consult with general and specialty contractors, building owners, design professionals and the public in matters related to building construction and applicable code requirements. The Plans Examiner will maintain current knowledge of issues, trends and developments in regulatory standards and building code requirements governing the construction industry and will attend applicable building code training to maintain current International Code Council (ICC) and other certifications as required and have sufficient mobility and physical conditioning to navigate an office environment and occasionally assist with field inspections on construction sites.
Promoting safety, economic vitality and adaptability to a growing community is what drives the department. We are seeking an experienced, motivated, highly qualified, and creative professional with strong interpersonal and management skills and the ability to provide great customer service.
This position is expected to be in our office at 201 N. Stone Ave full time and may be eligible for alternative work schedules and/or hybrid work opportunity depending on Department needs and individual circumstances.

Tucson has a rich cultural heritage and is known for its lively arts scene, unsurpassed natural beauty, and outdoor lifestyle. Tucson's culture centers around a unique blend of Native American, Spanish, Mexican and Anglo-American influences. The city is situated in the Sonoran Desert and is surrounded by five mountain ranges. Blessed with the desert natural beauty and an unsurpassed climate of 360 sunny days a year, Tucsonans embrace a rare lifestyle and are committed to preserving that quality of life. 
The city is home to the University of Arizona and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Tucson is the seat of Pima County and has a Council-Manager form of government. The Tucson metropolitan area supports almost a million residents. As metropolitan Tucson continues to grow, the challenge of meeting resident expectations also increases.
The City of Tucson is committed to providing quality municipal services which promote a healthy community, offer opportunities for participation and leisure, and enable citizens to prosper at work and at home.

The City of Tucson offers a wide range of generous benefits for eligible employees. Some of those benefits include:
Health and Wellbeing:
Choice of medical, dental and vision insurance plans
Life insurance and long-term disability options
Employee assistance program to enhance your wellbeing
Flexible spending plan for health and dependent care expenses
Other voluntary benefits for financial security
Your Security and Future: 
Generous pension plans that help employees retire more comfortably
Optional deferred compensation plans to save towards retirement
Training, professional development, and tuition assistance programs
Student loan repayment assistance
Back-up care options for loved ones
Your Peace of Mind:
Six weeks paid parental leave when you welcome a child and other generous leave policies
New hires enjoy 37 days of paid time off in the first year, with time increasing steadily thereafter (In year one: 13 accrued days of vacation, 13 accrued days of sick leave, and 11 paid holidays).
Generous employee discounts available 
Connections with the community through paid volunteerism and payroll-deducted charitable giving
For a full description of benefits offered to eligible employees, or to inquire further about the City of Tucson's benefits options, please visit:

General Description

The Building Plans Examiner performs technical review of all levels and types of residential and commercial projects.  This position requires the incumbent to apply a broad knowledge in the general professional and the specific technical field to the review of construction documents for completeness, accuracy, and conformance to applicable building codes, ordinances, and national standards. This position also provides information to the public, architects, engineers, and contractors at the service counter, in meetings, by email and over the telephone.

Among other responsibilities, a typical work week could require the Building Plans Examiner to
Perform technical review of building and construction documents and reports for commercial, industrial, and residential projects to ensure compliance with building codes, city ordinances, construction standards, and city amendments.
 • Provide customer service and information to engineers, architects, contractors, government officials, utilities representatives and the public in matters relating to construction plans and code requirements.
Conduct field/site visits when needed; inspect sites to identify potential construction difficulties due to existing items not reflected on construction plans.
Assist building inspectors with field reviews.
• Participate in the development and/or revision of departmental policies and procedures.
Consult with architects, engineers, designers, contractors, and homeowners concerning deficiencies with structural and non-structural requirements; explain codes and regulations.
 • Research alternate products, materials, and methods of construction for compliance, and make recommendations to the Building Official.

Essential Functions

Ensures code compliance by reviewing plans, conducting research, preparing commentary, and consulting with engineers, installers, inspectors and supervisory staff.

Ensures plans are compliant with adopted building codes and applicable ordinances.

Performs calculations, conducts field inspections and consults with outside agencies.

Provides assistance to the public when requested regarding code interpretations, design, product materials, possible violations and other information.

Enters data into the computer.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor's Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 5 years of experience in examining or preparing building plans for structural, life safety, electrical equipment and systems, or mechanical equipment and systems for integrity and compliance with building codes.

An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of this position may be considered.

Special Job Requirements

Supplemental materials are required to be submitted with your application. Without the materials listed below, your application will be considered incomplete, and you will not continue in this recruitment process. Please provide:
A current chronological resume reflecting relevant work experience and education/training 
A cover letter reflecting you background, experience, and interests as it relates to this position
Verification of current ICC Certifications

Preferred Qualifications

In addition to the minimum qualifications stated above, the ideal candidate will possess the following:
ICC (International Code Council) Plans Examiner Certification
Registered Engineer or Architectural License
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Customer service experience
Project management experience
Strong interpersonal communication skills

Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in the next phase of the recruitment process.
Virtual Oral Board Interviews will be held on October 13, 2022
*It is important to note that the City of Tucson uses Microsoft Teams for its virtual interviews. Please ensure that you have access to this software application.

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List. An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:
  • 20% of your rating for education and work experience
  • 80% of your oral board interviews
This recruitment will establish a civil service list that will be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within the next 6 months.
Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List. If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must email them to upon being invited to the interview process. The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please email at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.


Communications throughout this process will be sent via email exclusively so please ensure your browser accepts emails from and check your email account regularly; this may include your junk box/spam filter. Failure to respond or follow instructions will result in disqualification.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements


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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.

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