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Company: City of Mason
Location: Mason
Posted on: January 27, 2023

Job Description:


General Statement of Duties and Distinguishing Features of Class

To consult with contractors, engineers, architects, and the general public concerning the acceptability of drawings submitted for approval to build within the City; to review building, electrical, mechanical, sprinkler, fire alarm, and structural plans and specifications for conformance to building codes, laws, ordinances and regulations; and to perform a variety of related duties as assigned. The Plans Examiner has his/her main focus on reviewing building permit plans, with a minor focus on performing building inspections.

This is a public service job based in trust, credibility, and competency. It is a critical requirement of this position that the candidate displays the desire and ability to perform and behave (on duty, as well as off duty) in a manner that does not damage or endanger the loss of trust with the public, co-workers, and other public safety forces. Candidate must meet the following qualifications and requirements at time of appointment.

Examples of Work (Illustrative Only)

  • Review single-family residential plans for conformance to various local building and zoning code compliance;
  • Review commercial plans for state building and local zoning compliance;
  • Review miscellaneous plans for compliance (fences, sheds, pools, decks, etc.);
  • Authorize acceptance or rejection of building permit applications based on review;
  • Coordinating compliance with the Inspection staff;
  • Perform a variety of site inspections as assigned; ensure adherence to codes, laws, regulations and ordinances;
  • Provide assistance to the general public and contractors on building code inquiries; recommend corrective action;
  • Provide walk-through permits for small projects;
  • Provide preliminary plan review for future projects;
  • Answer inquiries by phone or walk-in traffic;
  • Assist technical staff in research and interpretation for code questions and field conditions;
  • Cover for the Chief Building Official in preparation of Temporary and Partial Certificate of Occupancies, adjudications and other documents and duties in his/her absence;
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.


    Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities: The following is preferred

    • Basic methods and materials used in the construction of buildings and related structures;
    • Basic mathematical principles including algebra and geometry;
    • Ability to understand and interpret building codes and ordinances;
    • Ability to interpret building plans, blueprints and specifications;
    • Respond to requests and inquiries from the general public;

      Minimum Education, Experience, and Requirements

      • State-certified and licensed Architect, Professional Engineer or
      • State Master Plans Examiner - Certificate within 12 months of hire date;
      • State-certified Building Inspector or acquire within 12 months of hire date;
      • Building Official certification desired?

        Physical Requirements:

        • Able to sit for extended periods of time working on keyboarding activities, entering data, reviewing plans and specs, etc.;
        • Lift up to 25 lbs. of materials independently;
        • Normal visual acuity to see objects up close or at a distance, with or without correction, or with or without reasonable accommodation;
        • Auditory acuity to hear cell phones, telephones, etc. with or without reasonable accommodation;
        • Ability to mentally handle associated tasks, problems, solutions, and all other mental tasks associated with positions of this nature;
        • Must have the physical dexterity to perform building inspections;
        • Ability to climb ladders;
        • Ability to enter buildings without finish goods;
        • Ability to bend under overhangs;
        • And other activities necessary for the position.
          I understand this position is a position at will, and nothing in this job description and no oral statements made to me in connection with this job description can be construed as a contract of employment.

Keywords: City of Mason, Cincinnati , MASTER PLANS EXAMINER, Other , Mason, Ohio

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