Yakima County Human Resources

610-xxx Plans Examiner - Public Services BFS

Working Title
Plans Examiner
Regular Full Time Budgeted
FLSA Status
Public Services-Building & Fire Safety
Required Testing/Exercises
Written exercise and Oral interview
Open Date
Close Date
$26.62 per hour


There is one opening with Yakima County Public Services, Building and Fire Safety.  This position performs reviews and investigations of building plans for compliance with Federal, State, and County building and fire regulations; provides interpretation of regulations; evaluates proposed alternative methods of compliance; provides advice and information to design professionals and the public.


This recruitment may be used to fill future Plans Examiner vacancies that may occur within 90 days of the   closing date of this posting.


Essential Duties:


Performs combination plan review of architectural plans, specifications, electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems and plan review of conventional structural elements systems of complex one and two-family dwelling plans and specifications for compliance with applicable prescriptive codes and ordinances and accepted engineering principles and practices and approves or rejects the submittal for compliance with codes.


Performs technical level combination plan review for small commercial buildings for compliance with applicable prescriptive codes and ordinances and accepted engineering principles and practices and approves or rejects the submittal for compliance with codes.


Explains code applicability to architects, engineers, contractors, and the public in person and over the phone.


Performs plan review of building systems and specifications of buildings for compliance with prescriptive health, and fire and life safety requirements of applicable codes, ordinances, and accepted design principles and construction practices and approves or rejects the submittal for compliance with codes.


Examines plans for accuracy, completeness and technical conformance. Explains code applicability to the public in person and over the phone. Responds to inquiries from the public, contractors, engineers and architects regarding building codes, code interpretation and construction problems.


Serves as the code compliance expert on multi-disciplinary teams by consulting with and providing professional expertise of a complex technical nature to planners, architects, engineers, contractors and field inspection personnel on complex issues such as non-prescriptive building, fire, life, health, safety systems or complex structural or environmental systems to determine applicability of regulations and recommend solutions in compliance with codes.


Renders decisions as to the applicability of regulations administered by the Building and Fire Safety Division. Prepares comprehensive reports as needed.


Receives and responds to questions, concerns, and complaints of property owners and the general public regarding codes and regulations administered by the Building and Fire Safety Division and determines the process for ensuring code compliance in specific cases. Negotiates with property owners to resolve issues related to non-compliant structures to meet the intent of the code and comply with building and fire regulations including the involvement of other regulatory officials as required.


Studies, researches and analyses building, fire, mechanical, plumbing, abatement codes, and standards; writes interpretations and recommendations. Evaluates relevant laws, codes, standards and regulations for the appropriate application of those standards in policies, interpretations and decisions


Reviews, approves or rejects, and makes recommendations regarding options for resolving code compliance deficiencies in the design and construction of complex architectural, structural, and building and environmental systems, fire and life safety systems, and specifications for construction or alteration of structures such as: commercial and industrial buildings, multi-story buildings, multi-family dwellings, hotels and motels, enclosed malls, buildings with atriums, smoke removal systems, and high-piled storage.



Evaluates, and approves or rejects proposals to use alternate materials, design and methods of construction for compliance with the intent of the applicable codes and standards and for suitability for the intended purpose. Makes recommendations for code compliance.


Develops, coordinates, and delivers public education programs related to building and fire safety, disaster preparedness and mitigation, and ongoing changes to relevant construction codes and standards.


Conducts investigations and inspections of code violations, and assessments of damage caused by natural disasters. Prepares and reviews technical and investigative reports and documents such as notice of code violations and stop work orders, fire incident reports, citations, warrants, and disaster assessment postings and reports. Develops information for use by the department and appropriate law enforcement agencies in case preparation.


Interviews property owners and the public regarding abatement actions on dangerous buildings, hazardous structures, fire incidents, and disaster damage assessment.


Other duties as assigned




Education and Experience:


Bachelor’s Degree in Building Construction, Engineering, Architecture, Building Inspection, Fire Science, Safety & Heatlh or a related field and Two years’ experience related to plans examination, safety and health management, investigation and inspection, building or construction management and techniques, or similar field or the equivalent education and experience to perform the essential duties of the  job.


ICC Plans Examiner within 1 year of hire date, valid Washington State driver’s license.

This is a Yakima County Clerical, Technical and Professional Employees Group position. As a condition of employment you are required to become a member of the Group or pay representation fees per the negotiated contract.

Equipment Used:

Computer, printer, scanner, photocopy machine, cell phone, measuring tape/wheel, calculator, passenger vehicle.


Working Conditions: Physical Demands:  exposure to weather, travel, field work. Physical Demands:  sitting, standing, walking, climbing, crawling, hearing, smelling, talking, visual acuity. Intellectual Demands: ability to multitask, confidentiality, ability to work under pressure, ability to articulate and communicate inforamtion in conversations, ability to follow written and verbal instruction. Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for Light Work.


Knowledge of building construction, dangerous buildings or conditions, and investigation practices, construction plans and specifications, legal processes involved in the enforcement of applicable codes and regulations. Knowledge and understanding of building, zoning, and abatement codes.


Skill in oral and written communications, applying building and fire regulations to specific projects, dealing tactfully and proactively with the public





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