Senior Plans Examiner

Recruitment #18-S27-001


Are you a natural leader dedicated to playing an essential role on the City's innovative Building and Safety team?  Do you have proven experience in building permit processing or plans review?  The City of Ventura is accepting applications for a Senior Plans Examiner vacancy in the Community Development Department, and to establish a list for future Senior Plans Examiner vacancies.  To be considered for this exciting career opportunity in Community Development, apply online at as soon as possible as this recruitment may close at any time!

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Under general direction, performs complex plan reviews of building additions and alterations for compliance with building and local ordinance, state laws and other regulations; provides information to permit applicants concerning City building standards and regulations.  Consults with contractors, engineers, architects, and the general public concerning the acceptability of drawings submitted for approval to build within the City. May act as the Construction Permit Supervisor in that position’s absence.


  • Is sensitive to the needs of citizens, business owners and contractors when enforcing regulations to gain compliance
  • Uses sound judgment in the interpretation of uniform codes and regulations
  • Has a calm demeanor and an ability to resolve issues diplomatically and tactfully
  • Is team-orientated, with an ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with others
  • Has exemplary oral communication, public relation and customer service skills
  • Possesses a valid ICC plans Examiner certificate


Depending on assignment, duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Provides exemplary customer service to all individuals by demonstrating a willingness to be attentive, understanding, responsive, fair, courteous and respectful, and to actively participate in maintaining a positive customer service environment.

Consults with contractors, engineers, architects, and the general public concerning the acceptability of drawings submitted for approval to build within the City.

 Reviews a variety of complex residential and commercial building additions and alteration plans for compliance with the California Codes including Building, Historical, Green, Energy, Existing Building, Mechanical, Plumbing and Electrical Codes, and other State laws and regulations.

Provides technical information and assistance to engineers, architects, contractors and general public regarding the permit process, plan reviews, fees and the codes and regulations enforced by the City.  Provides technical and code interpretation assistance to Division staff.  Provides training and instructions on the City codes as assigned. 

Performs public counter duties and tasks as required.  Researches building plan check status and permit status utilizing computerized record systems.   

Responds to complex inquiries, and conducts site inspections as assigned; ensuring adherence to codes, laws, regulations and ordinances. 

Provides technical information to architects, engineers and contractors.

Provides training for staff assisting the public at the counter;  provides recommendations during staff performance evaluations

Prepares special reports, drafts recommended building policies and ordinances and procedures as directed.  Assists in preparing community promotions and public information related to assigned program; performs other related duties as assigned.


License:  Depending on assignment, possession of a valid California Class C driver's license  is required.

Certificate: Possession of, and ability to maintain, ICC Plans Examiner certification is required at time of application.  Possession of any of the following current and valid licenses are highly desirable: State of California Civil Engineer, State of California Structural Engineer, or State of California Architect.


Environment: works in indoor office conditions and at construction sites; works under pressure, in potentially stressful situations.  Physical Abilitieshearing and speaking sufficient to exchange information in person or on the telephone; vision and hearing in normal range, with or without correction; audio-visual discrimination and perception for making observations; sits, walks and stands for extended periods of time; walks on rocky terrain or uneven surfaces; may climb ladders and walk on elevated structures or surfaces (scaffolding, rooftop); uses hands to handle, feel or operate standard office equipment including personal computer; mental capability to apply mathematical reasoning to data and documents used in the construction field; observe and interpret people and situations, perform detailed work on multiple concurrent tasks.  HazardsExposed to computer screens.


Requires a combination of education, training and experience equivalent to completion of a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, Architecture or a related field, supplemented by additional coursework in construction technology, building and  three years  of plans review experience.  Lead or supervisory and construction field experience highly desirable.


Employment Information:  Right to Work:  Before employment, candidates must submit documentation verifying their legal right to work in the United States.  Background Check:  A pre-employment verification of background, references, and medical examination will be conducted.  A drug screening may be required for some positions.  Applicants for positions using a City vehicle may be required to submit a DMV report.  Probationary Period:  Six months.

Deferred Compensation: The City contributes $168 per year to a 457 plan and will match $1,650 per year contributed by the employee, for a total benefit of $1,818 per year.

Medical & Dental Insurance: Up to $665 monthly towards a selection of plans.  Medical insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.  Dental insurance is effective the first of the second month after date of hire. 

Optional Benefits: $495 monthly, which may be applied toward medical insurance premiums.  Cash-out option is not available.

Vision Insurance: City paid coverage for employees and dependents.  Vision insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.

Life Insurance: City paid term life insurance equal to the employee's annual salary, and dependent life insurance of $2,000 per dependent.

Disability Insurance: City paid short and long-term disability coverage.

Retirement:  Tier I - 2% @ 55/Single Highest Year of Compensation for Classic CalPERS members who worked for the City prior to December 31, 2012 and are returning to City employment.  Employees make a 7% member contribution, and may be subject to compensation limits per Section 401(a)(17) of the IRC.  Tier II - 2% @ 60/3-Year Final Compensation Period for Classic CalPERS members with less than a six-month break in service from another CalPERS or CalPERS'-reciprocal agency.  Employees make a 7% member contribution, and may be subject to compensation limits per Section 401(a)(17) of the IRC.  Tier III - 2% at 62/3-Year Final Compensation Period for New CalPERS members.  Employees make a 6.25% member contribution, and are subject to compensation limits per Government Code Section 7522.10.  Additional details regarding the City’s retirement plan will be provided to candidates during the job offer process.

Social Security: CalPERS members do not participate in Social Security retirement so there is no payroll deduction. Receiving a CalPERS benefit may affect your Social Security upon retirement. For further information contact a Social Security office or

Medicare: Employees participate only in the Medicare portion of Social Security. There is a 1.45% payroll deduction for this benefit.

Vacation: 2.5 weeks, increasing to 4 weeks per year, after 10 years service. Employees may use vacation after successful completion of probation.

Personal Leave:  27 hours per calendar year.

Holidays: 12 paid holidays per year.

Sick Leave: 96-hour bank upon employment and additional accruals of 2 hours semi-monthly after 6 months of employment.

Tuition Reimbursement: $2,500 per year for tuition and books for course taken at accredited institution after completion of probationary period.

Flexible Workweek: A 9/80 workweek is available for some positions.

Wellness Program:  A comprehensive program is available, including on-site gym, exercise classes, downtown/beach-walking routes, weight loss, and tips on nutrition and healthy lifestyle.

Selection Plan

Submit a City application and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline. The preferred method of application is on-line and you are highly encouraged to apply at If you are unable to apply electronically, you may request paper application materials by calling (805) 654-7853 during regular business hours. Paper applications can be FAXed to (805) 648-4467, or mailed, or hand delivered to City Hall at: 501 Poli Street, Room 210; P.O. Box 99; Ventura, CA 93002. If you FAX, it is highly recommended that you also send the original documents. The Eligibility List established may be used to fill other regular and temporary vacancies at the discretion of the City.

Once your application has been submitted, all future correspondence from the City will be via e-mail. Please keep your contact information up-to-date and ensure that your email spam filter allows you to receive messages from You may also view notices send to you by the City in the "My Applications" tab at

Department Selection Interview A select number of candidates will be invited to a department selection interview being held in December 2018, date to be determined.


The City of Ventura is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We promote equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, and military and veteran status.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you need an accommodation in a selection process, please notify the Human Resources Department in writing by the final filing date of the position you are interested in. The Human Resources address is: 501 Poli Street, Room 210, Ventura, CA 93001, (805) 654-7853, e-mail: