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Assistant Plan Checker

Salary: $27.92-$34.08 hourly / $4,856-$5,928 monthly / Range: 6008

DEFINITION: Under general direction, receives and checks plans for buildings and structures for compliance with applicable building codes, ordinances, and regulations; advises applicants for permits on possible modifications to conform with requirements; issues permits; and does related work as required.


  1. Examines plans and specifications for buildings and structures for completeness and conformity with all requirements including stresses, live and dead loading, soil characteristics, mechanical and electrical calculations, safety and health features, use of materials, placement on property, and set backs.
  2. Analyzes individual building components to determine the type of construction and occupancy groups and computes floor area and allowable height; refers the more complex electrical, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, mechanical or structural plans to individuals specializing in these areas.
  3. Coordinates the review of plans with other public agencies whose approval is necessary; itemizes required corrections and modifications and explains them to permit applicants.
  4. Authorizes the issue of building permits, and moving permits for plans that meet code and ordinance requirements; calculates fees.
  5. Advises and assists architects, contractors, builders, and the general public with regard to interpretation and application of pertinent building regulations, state laws, and local ordinances.
  6. Submits reports to the Building Official regarding workload and process statistics, new products or situations, and code interpretation issues.
  7. Provides assistance to the public at the counter, answering questions related to plans and permitting requirements.


  1. Three years of building engineering inspection and plan checking experience; or,
  2. one year of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Building Engineering Inspector III with Santa Barbara County; or,
  3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Requirements Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License may be required.

Desirable Qualification:

Possession of the ICBO certification in plans examination.

Knowledge of: building construction methods and materials; basic engineering, practices and techniques; Uniform Building Code; electrical, plumbing, and mechanical codes and applicable State laws; arithmetic, trigonometry, and plane geometry.

Ability to: analyze and interpret building plans and specifications; interpret and enforce laws and regulations; establish and maintain effective working relationships with builders, applicants, and others; organize, prepare, and present records and reports effectively in written or oral form; communicate technical information clearly and understandably to a non-technical audience; maintain objectivity; represent the department with diplomacy and tact; make and support decisions, even when they are unpopular.

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