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One limited-term, hourly position currently exists in the Community Development Department. Unless otherwise extended by the City Manager, limited-term employees are capped at a maximum of 2,000 hours per assignment.

The Building Plans Examiner II reviews and approves permit applications and plans for new constructions and remodels to ensure conformity with established codes and regulations.

Job Description

Under general supervision, to perform duties related to reviewing and approving building permit applications and plans for new construction and remodels to determine if they conform to established codes, laws, and special conditions; to perform related work as required.

Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations where appropriate so qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Examine construction documents for proposed structures for completeness and conformity with all codes and ordinances including structural, mechanical, electrical and energy calculations.
  • Safety and health features, us e of materials, placements in the property, and setbacks.
  • Correct detected defects or inadequacies; by requiring that corrections be made to meet the requirements of pertinent City codes.
  • Assist building permit applicants in completing applications; assist other departments and the public with researching and finding requested construction documents; research and answer questions at the front counter and via phone and email.
  • Determine plan examination, permit and other fees and valuation on plans submitted.
  • Explain disapprovals or modification to applicants for permits.
  • Confer with architects, engineers, contractors, owners and the general public on proposed projects to resolve problems.
  • Coordinate with other departments on project requirement.
  • Enters and retrieves data from electronic data processing system; establishes and updates information, generates documents and correspondence, communicates with others; updates computer system files; prepares, review, and maintains forms, files, and other necessary records.
  • Make field investigations of structural problems, covering failures, instability, proper installation of unusual designs, materials or equipment, and other unsafe conditions; prepare reports and make recommendations on solutions.
  • Develop information handouts/checklists related to plan check requirements for public distribution.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees, and the public, using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related assignments as necessary.

Knowledge of:

  • Basic principles and practices of engineering and architecture as applied to building construction and structural design;
  • Safety standards, methods, materials, and techniques used in building construction;
  • California Building Code, Plumbing Code, Mechanical Code, City Codes, CalGreen Code, and State regulations, and California State energy regulations;
  • Basic math.

Ability to: 

  • Apply technical knowledge and follow proper inspection and examination techniques;
  •  Read and interpret complex building plans, specifications, regulations, and building codes;
  • Advise on standard construction methods and requirements;
  • Make arithmetical computations rapidly and accurately;
  • Maintain cooperative working relations with builders, contractors and the general public;
  • Provide technical assistance to other building department staff in assigned area of specialization;
  • Enforce necessary regulations with firmness and tact with an emphasis on customer service.

Work is performed mostly in office settings.   Some outdoor work is required in the inspection of various land use developments, construction sites, or public works facilities.  Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate drafting instruments, computers and various pieces of office equipment.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk and hear.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside weather conditions.  The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, or risk of electrical shock.  The noise level in this work environment is usually quiet in the office, moderate to loud in the field.



Education and Experience:
Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:
An Associate Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in engineering architecture, or a relation field, or the equivalent.

Three years of increasingly responsible building plan examination, architectural design, drafting, and/or inspection experience.

Licenses and Certifications: 

  • Possession of CASp Certification.


Additional Information

The City of Chico is looking for individuals who are results-oriented, possess great attitudes, demonstrate creativity and innovation, work efficiently, show a record of success and have a PASSION for public service. Having the best employees provides the best service to the community.


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Degree, Licenses, Certifications and/or Equivalencies:  Candidates must include copies of items listed as a minimum qualification; failure to provide required certificates by the close of the recruitment will result in candidate disqualification.  If this position requires a typing certificate: typing certificates must have been issued within one year and the net speed must match the minimum requirement listed in the job description.  For standardization, net speed will be calculated by subtracting the number of errors from the gross WPM.  Internet generated typing certifications are not accepted.  Equivalency for experience and/or education listed within a job description may be established pursuant to the City-wide Classification Plan and through coordination with Human Resources.  Candidates seeking an equivalency must contact Human Resources, at (530) 879-7900, for instructions on submitting an equivalency request.  Being minimally qualified for a position does not guarantee a candidate progression through the full recruitment process.

Travel and Recruitment Related Expenses:  The City of Chico does not reimburse applicants for any travel or expenses in connection with applying for employment, unless authorized by the City Manager.

Pre-Employment Processing:  Applicants may be required to pass fingerprinting and a medical examination as a condition of employment or promotion.  Medical exams may include a fitness exam, psychological exam, and a drug and alcohol screening, depending on the position.  E-verify is used to determine candidate eligibility to work in the United States.

The City of Chico is an Equal Opportunity Employer and supports workforce diversity.  Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  The City of Chico will consider individuals with disabilities based on their qualifications to perform the essential functions of the position for which they are applying and will provide reasonable accommodation in the application and/or testing process.  If you require accommodation in the application and/or testing process, please notify the Human Resources Office within seven (7) days of the need for accommodation, so appropriate alternative arrangements can be made.

If you have any questions, or need additional assistance regarding City of Chico employment opportunities, please contact the Human Resources Department at (530) 879-7900 or

Minimum Education and Experience

Minimum Months of Experience: 36
Education Required: Associate's
Hiring Requirements for This Job:
  • Drug Testing / Screening
  • Background Checks
  • Minimum Hourly Wage: 27.25
    Maximum Hourly Wage: 37.75