Residential Building and Zoning Plans Review Specialist II - Community Planning and Development

  • City and County of Denver
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Aug 11, 2022
Full Time Building and Safety Building Maintenance Construction and Skilled Trades Planning and Development

Job Description

About Our Job

The City and County of Denver utilizes a hybrid model workplace that balances the responsibilities of public service with the benefits of a flexible work environment. Employees work where needed, at a city site and/or in the field at least two days a week, and telecommute remotely at a designated workplace within the State of Colorado the remaining days.

Building Community

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 .

About Agency

The City and County of Denver’s Community Planning and Development Department (CPD) is seeking a highly motivated and organized Plans Review Specialist II with building and/or zoning code plan review experience to join our Residential Plan Review Team in the Development Services Division of Community Planning and Development.

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 Plans Review Specialist II 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

In addition, our ideal candidate will possess the following:
  • Bilingual, Spanish-speaking preferred
  • 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, Engineering, Building Construction, Inspections, or Construction Project Management
  • For applicants with a planning or zoning code background:
    • Experience in Planning, Architecture, or Engineering
    • 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
  • Problem solver that can envision various outcomes and plan accordingly to mitigate risky outcomes
  • Strong attention to detail and highly organized
  • Self-motivated and motivated to help others

We realize your time is valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following 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
  • Licensure & Certification: none

About Everything Else

Job Profile
CE3049 Plans Review Specialist II
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Position Type

Position Salary Range
$28.47 - $44.13

Starting Pay
Based on experience and education

Community Planning & Development

The City and County of Denver provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.

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Job Address

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