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Plan Reviewer

The City-County of Butte-Silver Bow
Butte, MT
Performs plan and specification review for construction, improvement, remodeling, alteration, and repair. Plans for compliance with State and City-County ordinances, issues building permits, undertake special investigations, and inspects projects; does related work as required. Distinguishing Features of the Class This is highly responsible technical work involving the review and approval of construction plans for compliance with State and local codes and ordinances. The work is performed under the general direction and supervision of the Planning Director, but considerable leeway is granted for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative. The nature of the work performed requires that an employee in this class establish and maintain close cooperative working relationships with the Planning Director, Building Official, other employees in the Planning Department, and several other Butte-Silver Bow departments, including Community Enrichment, Community Development, Public Works, as well as with real estate developers, building contractors, architects, engineers, property owners, and the general public. Duties/Responsibilities: Examples of Essential Work (Illustrative Only) Provides initial screening of all plan submittals to ensure that sufficient information and detail has been submitted to allow for review for compliance with the codes; Reviews and evaluates proposed building plans, specifications and related documents to ensure that proposed construction complies with building, plumbing, mechanical, and energy codes, environmental, flood hazard, and site preparation standards, regulations and ordinances; Confers with architects, engineers, businesses and homeowners, inspectors, planners, and the general public on issues relating to code interpretation and compliance, including preparing revisions to codes, ordinances, and local regulations; Prepares and files all code compliance reports in a timely and accurate manner, including tracking and processing permits manually and on the computer; Interprets codes for architects, engineers, businesses, homeowners, and the general public as requested; Performs on-site inspections to ensure possession of proper permits and to ensure compliance with appropriate codes; Performs related office duties, including responding to public requests and complaints, both over the telephone and in the office, and ensures that all codes and code requirements are updated periodically to be in compliance with state laws, policies and regulations; At the direction of the Planning Director, participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends, innovations and regulations in the field of plan examination and building inspection; May be called upon to perform the duties of a building, mechanical or plumbing inspector, as qualified, when and if required; Performs related work as required. Perform all duties and work assignments in a safe, healthy, and environmentally sound manner. Specifically, complying with the Health & Safety Program; maintaining work areas in a safe and orderly manner; identifying and reporting unsafe conditions; reporting all accidents; wearing required personal protective equipment; and attending safety-related meetings, training sessions, fit testing, etc. Perform all duties and work assignments in compliance with project quality requirements. Act responsibly and ethically, and in conformance with generally accepted business, occupational, and professional standards. Perform other duties as assigned. Qualifications: Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Thorough knowledge of the International Building Code, International Residential Code, International Existing Building Code, International Mechanical Code, Uniform Plumbing Code, International Fuel Gas Code, and Energy Code; Ability to understand, read, and interpret complicated commercial and residential construction plans, site plans, construction codes, ordinances and blueprints; Ability to analyze maps, codes, and legal descriptions, and make appropriate judgments on compliance or non-compliance issues; Working knowledge of construction, carpentry, concrete, mechanical or plumbing work, and skill in applying knowledge of building codes and land use regulations; Ability to communicate well with others both orally and in writing, using both technical and non-technical language; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other City-County employees and supervisory personnel, as well as with real estate developers, contractors, architects, engineers, property owners and the general public; Ability to prepare accurate and reliable reports containing findings, conclusions and recommendations; Ability to operate personal computers, tablets, PDA's and various database applications appropriate to assigned duties, including but not limited to the use of GIS-based applications, Outlook, Powerpoint, Excel spreadsheets, mapping, and GPS devices; Ability to use logical and creative thought processes to analyze problems and develop solutions according to written specifications and/or oral instructions; Ability to perform a wide variety of duties with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines; Ability to quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology; Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle; Demonstrate ingenuity and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks. Acceptable Experience and Training This position requires a minimum of an Associate's degree in structural, civil or related architectural or engineering discipline and two years of progressively responsible work experience performing plan review functions; or Certification by a recognized professional association as a plans examiner or building inspector. Other combinations of education and experience which could provide these knowledge, skills and abilities will be evaluated on an individual basis. Plan review and building inspection certification and experience with building code enforcement is preferred. Required Special Qualifications Possession of Residential Plans Examiner certification within six (6) months of hire with the ability to obtain the Building Plan Examiner certification within six (6) months of hire; Possession of a valid Driver's License issued by the State of Montana. Must be a resident of Butte-Silver Bow during employment according to Butte-Silver Bow Ordinance. See below. "2.08.010 Residence during employment. From and after October 1, 1979, all employees of the local government of Butte-Silver Bow shall be bona fide residents within the boundaries of Butte-Silver Bow during the period of their employment by the government of Butte-Silver Bow. (Ord. 85 ยง 1, 1979)" Essential Physical Abilities Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to communicate well with supervisors, employees, contractors, consultants and the general public; Sufficient vision, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to read construction blueprints, observe construction of projects in process and upon completion and to detect defects and recommend remedies; Sufficient manual dexterity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to operate a personal computer and handle blueprints, other construction drawings and transport materials and files as needed; Sufficient personal mobility, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to visit and inspect construction sites, including areas of rough terrain. The City-County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical disability, or veteran status.