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Building & Fire Plans Examiner

DeKalb County

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alary Range:   $50,119 - $77,684     

This position has two openings. One with the Fire Rescue department and one with the Planning & Sustainability department.   

Purpose of Classification:

The purpose of this classification is to review and coordinate all proposed construction documents in compliance with local, state and federal building, structural, fire, accessibility and systems codes, policies, rules, regulations and standards. 

Essential Functions:

The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.

Works with builders, owners, architects, engineers and the staff of the Development Services Department in obtaining compliance with all applicable codes. Reviews and interprets building and structural construction documents and reports related to plans review for townhouses, condominiums, multi-family and mixed use projects, commercial construction to include new construction, additions and alterations  of simple to complex commercial business, mercantile, assembly, educational industrial, storage, factory, and  institutional projects, among others. Ensures compliance with structural and non-structural requirements accessibility, fire, fire site and systems reviews for compliance with applicable codes;

Receives and responds to requests for information, complaints, interpretation of code requirements, Advises architects, engineers, contractors, the general public, and staff on code changes, interpretations, new methods and materials; negotiates solutions to code conformance problems and fire and life safety issues.

Identifies inadequacies found on construction plans, reports and calculations, and requires corrections. Documents aspects of compliance or non-compliance with citations from applicable codes; creates plan review comment letter.

Researches alternate products, materials and methods of construction for compliance.  Negotiates and develops mutually acceptable solutions to code conformance problems and life safety issues with architects, engineers, contractors, and the public. Assists Plans Review Manager to research codes to resolve interpretation problems and to accommodate and control new methods and materials.

Provides quality customer service while functioning in a regulatory capacity. Provides coordination with Permit Manager, Fire Marshal Office, Watershed Department, Business License, Planning, and other concerned parties Assists building inspectors and fire inspectors with field review questions to determine structural soundness, proper installation, materials or equipment.

Attend training to improve technical expertise, acquires additional certifications and maintains them; and trains in software to perform electronic plan review.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in Architecture or Structural Engineering, Fire Science/Technology or a related field required; five years of experience in building design, construction document preparation, plan review, code analysis, building inspections, construction, systems review, or a related field, or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.

Specific License or Certification Required:  Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license. Must obtain within one year of employment one of the following: ICC Building Plans Examiner, ICC Fire Plans Examiner, NFPA Certified Plan Examiner or ICC Accessibility Inspector/Plans Examiner Certification.

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