The City of Idaho Falls is seeking a talented & motivated individual to become a key member of our collaborative and forward-thinking Community Development Services team, serving in the vital role of Commercial Plans Examiner.
Applications should be completed thoroughly including a cover letter, resume and three (3) references. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application but should be attached to the application. Include all requested education, experience, attachments, and other information when applying. Incomplete applications are subject to rejection. The City of Idaho falls complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals needing accommodations in the recruitment process should notify Human Resources in advance at (208) 612-8248.
The Commercial Plans Examiner performs a variety of full performance professional duties relating to evaluating construction plans for conformity to local codes, ordinances, policies and procedures.
The Commercial Plans Examiner position will conduct comprehensive plan reviews for primarily commercial projects but may also review single family and multi-family buildings & structures. The Commercial Plans Examiner reviews building plans for compliance with applicable building codes (building, plumbing, electrical and mechanical) and other related codes and ordinances. This position provides technical interpretation of codes and regulations as needed and prepares and maintains all required documentation. The Commercial Plans Examiner inspects building sites to ensure that construction follows the approved plans. The Commercial Plans Examiner position also monitors the status of plan review processes, assures that submitted plans are compliant with the City Idaho Falls' adopted building codes & ordinances, and provides code requirement information to the general public, to contractors and to licensed architects and engineers. The Commercial Plans Examiner provides back up support of the Chief Building Official. The successful candidate must exercise considerable tact, courtesy and firmness in dealing with contractors, property owners and the general public.
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Reviews plans and specifications to ensure compliance with municipal codes and ordinances and provide practical solutions-based alternatives to developers and contractors.
Focal point for permit review and supports front staff with plan and permit review questions.
Actively maintain certificate compliance and keep current with changes to the International Code Council family of codes. Periodically conducts field inspections of buildings and structures throughout construction; attends construction meetings with developers, engineers, architects and contractors (as well as other professional and public meetings) to resolve permit issues, check permit applications and engineering & architectural plans for completion, and to approve building plans for construction; reviews submitted and ascertains whether they conform to applicable code requirements; and advises/suggests to applicants various means of changing plans for compliance.
Provide assistance to the City as well as other municipal boards and commissions; respond to inquiries & complaints from the public; answer questions regarding code enforcement, the process of obtaining permits, the cost of permits, zoning requirements, etc.; prepare reports, and various forms of correspondence; maintain hand-outs, drawings and outlines explaining construction regulations.
Performs related duties as assigned.
1. Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree in architecture, engineering, construction management or equivalent from four-year college or university
Four (4) years related experience and/or training,
An equivalent combination of education and experience.
2. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Through knowledge of building codes; Through knowledge of building, housing, and abatement of dangerous buildings; Through knowledge of building methods and techniques; Through knowledge of building materials, including quality and ability of same to meet code specifications; Must possess excellent interpersonal skills and conflict resolution skills.
Promotes and maintains positive and effective working relationships and promotes good public relationships as a representative of the City of Idaho Falls. Demonstrated knowledge of International Code Council family of codes.
Ability to detect hazards and violations. Ability to enforce regulations with firm, tact and impartiality. Ability to read and interpret plans and specifications and compare them with construction in progress read and interpret codes accurately and equitably; ability to understand and perform complex mathematical/engineering calculations used in structural analysis of building elements; ability to use and operate computers and reproduction equipment; ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing; ability to develop effective working relationships with contractors, applicants, supervisors, fellow employees and the public; ability to work in a position which requires continuous sitting or standing.
3. Special Qualifications:
Must possess an ICC Commercial Building Inspector Certificate and an ICC Commercial Plans Examiner Certificate or be able to obtain within one (1) year from hiring date.
Must possess a valid Idaho driver's license.
Ability to be covered under the city fleet vehicle liability insurance policy.
The City of Idaho Falls, Idaho is a dynamic community of 67,723 residents located in Bonneville County. Idaho Falls is the largest city in Eastern Idaho and is the third-largest metropolitan area in the state behind the Boise City-Nampa and Coeur d'Alene metropolitan areas.
Outdoor enthusiasts love the proximity to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, picturesque Snake River greenbelt, relaxing natural hot springs, and fly-fishing locations on the Snake River. Idaho Falls is also the location of the Museum of Idaho, College of Eastern Idaho, and branches of Idaho State University and the University of Idaho as well as the Idaho National Laboratory.
Idaho Falls operates under a strong mayor form of government with a six-member city council. The mayor is elected every four years and presides at all meetings of the City Council and serves as the administrative head of the city. Council members are elected for staggered terms of four years. All elections are at-large and nonpartisan.
The city is truly a full-service city and includes 11 departments: Airport, City Attorney, Community Development Services, Fire, Human Resources, Idaho Falls Power, Library, Municipal Serv...ices, Parks and Recreation, Police Department, and Public Works. Idaho Falls is fortunate to control all its utilities, including electricity, water, sewer, and even fiber optics.
The total general fund adopted budget for FY 2022-2023 is $65,728,157. The total city budget for FY 2022-23 is $333,416,302.
Our municipal government employs over 700 full-time dedicated individuals in a wide range of job categories and provides a collaborative working environment, a forward-looking leadership team, and a competitive benefits package.