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23 Jan 2024

Full-Time Residential Building and/or Zoning Plans Review Examiner

tracy.stauffer@denvergov.org – Posted by tracy.stauffer@denvergov.org Denver, Colorado, United States

Job Description

Are you passionate about doing work that matters and making a difference and protecting the health, safety and welfare of our communities? Are you looking for a unique opportunity that allows you to be a part of the City’s growth and have an impact on our built environment?  The City and County of Denver’s Community Planning and Development Department (CPD) is seeking a highly motivated and organized Residential Building and/or Zoning Plans Review Examiner with building and/or zoning code plan review experience to join our Residential Plan Review Team in the Development Services Division. We offer w excellent work/life balance, unmatched benefits, and a pension plan for life!  Apply today!


With competitive pay, great benefits, and endless opportunities, working for the City and County of Denver (CCD) means seeing yourself working with purpose — for you, and those who benefit from your passion, skills and expertise. Join our diverse, inclusive and talented workforce of more than 11,000 team members who are at the heart of what makes Denver, Denver. Click here to find out about all the amazing benefits and reasons to work for CCD!


What We Offer


The City and County of Denver offers a competitive salary commensurate with education and experience. The salary range for this position is $29.85-38.00/hour, based on education and experience. We also offer generous benefits for full-time employees which include but is not limited to:

  • Four (4) Medical Plans, Dental, Vision Insurance
  • Pension Plan for Life (Employee contributes 8.45%, Employer matches at 17.95%)
  • 457 (b) Retirement Plan
  • PTO (over 3 weeks in your first year) and 12 paid holidays
  • Yearly Merit Increase
  • STD, LTD, HSA, FSA, Life Insurance
  • CARE Bank, Family Leave Benefits
  • Employee Assistance Program, Employee Volunteer Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement (up to $2000/year), We Qualify for Student Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Learning and Development Opportunities; Courses and Career Development Resources
  • EcoPass (unlimited free RTD bus/train rides)




The City and County of Denver supports a hybrid workplace model. Employees work where needed, at a job site several days a week and off-site as needed. In this position you can expect to work 3 days per week on site at the Wellington Webb Building, located at 201 W Colfax Ave. Denver, CO 80202. Employees must work within the state of Colorado on their off-site days. *Please note: Due to construction at the Webb Building, CPD will be working from another location (the Republic Plaza) for approximately 6-8 months during 2024.


What You’ll Do


The City and County of Denver’s Community Planning and Development Department (CPD) is responsible for visionary city planning and ensuring safe, responsible, sustainable building. CPD works with Denver’s communities to prepare plans, as well as regulations for land use and design, that guide the city’s growth, enhancement, and preservation. Our staff also reviews, permits, and inspects development applications to ensure that future construction meets the community-led regulations laid out in Denver’s zoning codes as well as meets the rigorous standards of the city’s building, fire, and energy codes. We’re working hard to make Denver a great place to live, work and play! Visit www.DenverGov.org/CPD.


Development Services staff helps to make the city’s vision a reality.  This is where building projects are reviewed, permitted, and inspected. It’s also the home for neighborhood inspections, ensuring quality-of-life standards for Denver’s communities. Through each of these critical roles, Development Services helps to implement the city’s vision for an outstanding Denver.


The work assigned to the  Residential Building and/or Zoning Plans Review Examiner position may include performing building and/or zoning code plan review for a wide range of permit applications of varying complexity for one- and two-family residential structures, performing zone lot verification reviews, processing demolition permits for all construction types, providing front line services to residential customers, and responding to code and process questions.


Key responsibilities will include:

  • Reviews a wide range of building and/or zoning permit applications for the construction of one and two-family residential buildings and associated accessory structures
  • Reviews total demolition applications and issues demolition permits for all construction types
  • Conducts zoning and building records research to verify zone lots, and existing permitted uses and structures
  • Reviews, examines, and interprets a wide range of construction documents and permit application materials for compliance with applicable codes, policies, and standards which include The Denver Building and Fire Code, Denver Green Code, International Residential Code, International Existing Building Code, International Energy Conservation Code, The Denver Zoning Code, and Former Chapter 59 (the “old” Zoning Code)
  • Generates plan review notices (comment letters) that clearly outlines deficiencies in the permit application submittal and the corrections that are required to demonstrate compliance.  Comments should reference an applicable code and code section
  • Updates the permitting system, Accela, according to department procedures and policies, including but not limited to creating and filling out permits, relating records, updating workflow, and invoicing fees
  • Assists one- and two-family customers with inquiries at the residential permit counter, via pre-application meetings, and via the general residential phone number and email.  This involves advising contractors, architects, engineers, builders, homeowners, and the public on the permitting process and code requirements
  • Interprets and explains a wide range of code requirements, permit application procedures, policies, and standards to the public, professional design consultants, project managers, contractors, city managers, and elected officials
  • Performs other related duties as assigned


About You


We are looking for someone with some or all the following skills and experience: ​

  • Experience reviewing and examining construction documents for conformance with either building code or zoning code regulations
  • For applicants with a building code background:
    • Certification from the International Code Council as a Residential Plans Examiner or Building Plans Examiner
    • Experience in Architecture, Building Construction, Inspections, or Construction Project Management
  • For applicants with a planning or zoning code background:
    • Experience in Planning or Architecture
  • Proficient with using Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, Bluebeam, and Adobe Acrobat; Experience using electronic permitting systems and programs, such as Accela
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills; Ability to communicate effectively – verbally and in writing
  • Efficiently demonstrates excellent time/work management skills;  Self-motivated and motivated to help others
  • Problem solver that can envision various outcomes and plan accordingly to mitigate risky outcomes


Required Minimum Qualifications

  • Education Requirement:  Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management, Engineering, Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, or a related field
  • Experience Requirement:  Three (3) years of plans review experience reviewing blueprints and plans for zoning and/or construction projects with regard to the compliance of zoning and construction codes and regulations
  • Education & Experience Requirement:  One (1) year of the appropriate type and level of experience may be substituted for each required year of post-high school education
  • Additional appropriate education may be substituted for the minimum experience requirements


Application Deadline


To be considered for this position, you must include the following on your job application (upload the attachment(s) to the Resume/CV section on the My Experience tab):

  • Cover Letter (preferred, not required)


Please submit your application as soon as possible and no later than February 4th, 2024 at midnight to ensure consideration.

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How to Apply

Via URL below https://denver.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/CCD-denver-denvergov-CSC_Jobs-Civil_service_jobs-Police_Jobs-Fire_Jobs/job/Downtown-Denver/Residential-Building-and-or-Zoning-Plans-Review-Examiner_R0061189

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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