Plans Examiner

City of Ventura
Until Filled


Community Development Department

Recruitment #17-S03-002

Salary:  $65,552.24 - $87,840.48/year


Are you a natural leader dedicated to playing an essential role on the City's innovative Building and Safety team?  Do you have proven experience in building permit processing or plans review?  The City of Ventura is accepting applications for a Plans Examiner vacancy and to establish a list for future Plans Examiner vacancies.  To be considered for this exciting career opportunity in the Community Development, apply online at

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Under general direction, performs routine to moderately difficult plan reviews of building additions and alterations for compliance with building and zoning codes, State laws and other regulations; provides information to permit applicants concerning City building standards and regulations.


  • Is sensitive to the needs of citizens, business owners and contractors when enforcing regulations to gain compliance
  • Uses sound judgment in the interpretation of uniform codes and regulations.
  • Has a calm demeanor and an ability to resolve issues diplomatically and tactfully
  • Is team-oriented, with an ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with others
  • Has exemplary oral communication, public relation and customer service skills
  • Possesses a valid ICC Plans Examiner certificate


Depending on assignment, duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Checks a variety of routine to moderately difficult residential and commercial building additions and alteration plans for compliance with the California Codes, Building/Mechanical/Plumbing/Electrical Codes, and other State laws and regulations.

Provides technical information and assistance to engineers, architects, contractors and general public regarding the permit process, plan reviews, fees and the codes and regulations enforced by the City.  Provides technical and code interpretation assistance to Division staff.  Provides training and instructions on the City codes as assigned. 

Performs public counter duties and tasks as required.  Researches building plan check status and permit status utilizing computerized record systems.  Performs clearances for the Certificate of Occupancy process. 

Prepares special reports, drafts recommended policies and ordinances and procedures as directed.  Assists in preparing community promotions and public information related to assigned program; performs other related duties as assigned.


Requires a combination of education, training and experience equivalent to completion of high school, supplemented by additional coursework in construction technology, building and permit processes, engineering or related field and four years of responsible building permit processing or two years of plans review experience. 


License:  Depending on assignment, possession of a valid California Class C driver's license may be required.

Certificate:  Must obtain and maintain a Plans Examiner certificate within six months of appointment.


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Submit a City application and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline. The preferred method of application is on-line and you are highly encouraged to apply at If you are unable to apply electronically, you may request paper application materials by calling (805) 654-7853 during regular business hours. Paper applications can be FAXed to (805) 648-4467, or mailed, or hand delivered to City Hall at: 501 Poli Street, Room 210; P.O. Box 99; Ventura, CA 93002. If you FAX, it is highly recommended that you also send the original documents. The Eligibility List established may be used to fill other regular and temporary vacancies at the discretion of the City.

Once your application has been submitted, all future correspondence from the City will be via e-mail. Please keep your contact information up-to-date and ensure that your email spam filter allows you to receive messages from You may also view notices send to you by the City in the "My Applications" tab at