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Building Plans Examiner II - Time-Limited

Company: County of Sonoma
Location: Santa Rosa
Posted on: November 24, 2022

Job Description:


$77,536.51 - $94,254.34 Annually


Santa Rosa, CA

Job Type



Permit Sonoma (PRD)

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Position Information

Join Permit Sonoma's Building Plans Examiner team and build your career with the County of Sonoma. Starting salary up to $45.16/hour ($94,254/year), a cash allowance of $600/month, and a competitive total compensation package!* Permit Sonoma is currently recruiting to fill two Building Plans Examiner positions at either the I or II level. If you are interested in applying at the other level of this opportunity, you must apply to the separate, concurrent recruitment being conducted for that level.
Sonoma County is a vibrant, growing community with rolling hills, forests, and a staggering coastline. As the region's largest employer, the County of Sonoma offers a level of career diversity that is as expansive as the county itself. Centrally located in the county seat of Santa Rosa, California, Permit Sonoma reviews, permits, and inspects virtually any construction or land development that takes place in the unincorporated area of Sonoma County (outside the nine incorporated cities). Please visit Permit Sonoma's website to learn more about the valuable services they provide the community we serve - our community!

As a Building Plans Examiner II in Permit Sonoma, you will review construction documents and complex plans for compliance with building codes, ordinances, and regulations such as fire safe and state accessibility standards; and check geotechnical and soils reports for compliance with state building standards. You will also work with the public to receive applications, calculate fees, explain procedures, and provide consultation, information, and educational services regarding general code questions. Additionally, Building Plans Examiners review and maintain forms, files, and other necessary electronic records.

As our ideal candidate, you will bring to Permit Sonoma your:

  • Journey-level working knowledge of structural engineering techniques, building codes, plans, and the preparation of plans
  • Experience accurately creating, reviewing, and maintaining records and reports
  • Exceptional customer service skills, with the ability to timely and professionally address customer needs
  • Experience and discernment to know when to refer issues to a more senior examiner
  • Aptitude for effectively managing work priorities and meeting deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Proven ability to provide effective customer service support, skillfully communicate, and work well with others
  • Sound judgment, and strong analytical and organizational skills
  • Understanding and a level of empathy needed to effectively respond to emergency situations (fires, floods, earthquakes, etc.) with focus, initiative, and compassion for those affectedPlease note that while not required at the time of application submission, International Code Council (ICC, previously ICBO) Plans Examiner Certification is required within two years of starting employment in this position.

    What We Offer

    When you join Permit Sonoma, you become part of a challenging and rewarding work environment where you gain the satisfaction of knowing that you are working to better your community. You can also look forward to flexible work arrangements and excellent benefits* including:

    • A hybrid telework schedule that meets the needs of our staff, department operations, and the communities we serve
    • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
    • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
    • County paid 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan options
    • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance of up to $500 and ongoing education/training opportunities
    • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
    • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
    • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employmentBring Your Commitment to Public Service to the County of Sonoma

      The County of Sonoma is the place to live, grow, and build your career legacy. When you join the County of Sonoma, you'll have the freedom to explore the beauty of our county - its picturesque coastline, majestic redwoods, historic towns, fine dining, award-winning wineries, and a wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities. For additional information about the beauty of our community and the valuable services and support that the County provides our communities, please visit and

      Permit Sonoma is currently recruiting to fill two time-limited Building Plans Examiner positions at either the I or II levels that are currently funded through June 30, 2024. The employment list established from this recruitment may be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. Qualified County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment. The Civil Service title of this position is Building Plans Examiner I.

      *Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 Memorandum Of Understanding (SEIU MOU) and our Employee Benefits directory.

      Minimum Qualifications
      Education: Academic course work which directly relates to the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, such course work would include mathematics through calculus, statics, stress analysis, and strength of materials, building and design with various materials including concrete, steel and wood, and/or other related courses.

      Experience: Any combination of training and experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, at least two years of experience in building construction or engineering work which involved a working knowledge of building plans and codes and the preparation of plans, with at least one year working at the level of Building Plans Examiner I, or certification as a Plans Examiner, would provide such opportunity.

      Certification: ICBO Plans Examiner Certificate is required within one year of starting employment in this class.

      Any person who is currently and has continuously been employed as a plans examiner for the County of Sonoma, for not less than two years prior to passage of Calif Assembly Bill 717 (effective October 1995), shall be exempt from the certification requirements for this position.

      License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including necessary special endorsements, as required by the State of California to perform the essential job functions of the position
      Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
      Working knowledge of: California Model Codes (Title 24, parts 1 to 12) and Uniform Model Codes; methods and materials used in building construction and structural design including calculus, strength of materials, and statics; the use of electronic information equipment and specific systems as used within the department.

      Ability to: read and interpret blueprints and building plans and specifications; interpret and enforce laws and regulations; establish and maintain effective relationships with builders, engineers, architects, applicants, as well as other employees; keep and prepare reports; utilize electronic information systems and analyze and interpret such information.
      Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying
      • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
      • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
      • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
      • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.Please visit Getting-a-Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process

        APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS REQUIRE THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE BE COMPLETED. Responses to supplemental questions may be scored using position-specific criteria. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for a thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses that state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient and therefore may not be scored.
        The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

        An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (weight 100%) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's application and supplemental questionnaire for satisfaction of minimum qualifications (pass/not pass); and for educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position. Each applicant will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

        • Relevance of work history, related experience, and achieved level of education and/or training as described in the application and responses to the supplemental questions.Candidates demonstrating possession of the minimum qualifications will be placed on an employment list in order of most qualified to least qualified based on the achieved score received in the Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination. Scores may be adjusted based on such factors as the number of candidates, anticipated vacancies, past practice, and natural breaks in the scores achieved by this group of candidates.


          A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

          Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer is contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.

          HOW TO APPLY

          Applications are accepted online at Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

          The County of Sonoma values diversity and is dedicated to creating a workplace environment that provides individuals with a sense of belonging. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. The County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.

          HR Analyst: CG
          HR Technician: KC

Keywords: County of Sonoma, Santa Rosa , Building Plans Examiner II - Time-Limited, Other , Santa Rosa, California

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