The City of Austin Development Services Department (DSD) assists homeowners, business owners, and contractors when they build, demolish, remodel or perform any type of construction to ensure compliance with applicable city and building codes.
DSD is seeking a Residential Zoning Plans Examiner C to review residential building permit applications for zoning code compliance. The Residential Plan Review Division reviews new construction, additions, interior remodeling and partial demolition of single-family, duplex or two-family houses, townhouses and/or accessory buildings. Residential Review is comprised of two review disciplines: zoning (compliance with zoning regulations) and technical (compliance with the International Residential Code). The duties of the Residential Zoning Plans Examiner C include: reviewing residential projects located in complex zoning areas; providing options for complex residential zoning code issues; consult with contractors, engineers, architects and other City staff to identify and resolve issues and problems; provide a high level of customer service to both internal and external customers; be solution oriented when working with customers to resolve issues; work independently to address problems and escalate to supervisor when needed; develop and implement specific strategies for achieving department’s goals and objectives.
Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university with major coursework in Planning, Architecture, Engineering, Geography, Landscape Architecture or other field related to design or construction and four (4) years of responsible experience in architecture, building inspection, or building plans examination.
One (1) additional year of relevant work experience may substitute for one (1) year of the required education with a maximum substitution of four (4) years.
Master’s degree may substitute for experience up to a maximum of two (2) years.
Licenses and Certifications:
Hold an ICC Zoning Inspector Certification; or demonstrate 16 contact hours of training in the core competencies established by AICP PLUS one of the following additional requirements:
demonstrate successful completion of the Texas Accessibility Academy
demonstrate completion of an additional IDP knowledge/skills subcategory;
demonstrate completion of an additional 120 hours in an AXP Experience Area in a manner that would be acceptable to NCARB and TBAE.
OR hold one of the following:
Be certified by ICC or other recognized authority as a Certified Building Official (CBO)
An employee who is a Texas registered professional engineer (PE) or is an active Engineer-In-Training (EIT) for a related discipline shall be considered to have met the certification or licensing requirements for the Plans Examiner C position.
An employee who is a Texas registered architect (RA) or has passed the Architect Registration Examination shall be considered to have met the certification or licensing requirements for Building or Zoning Plans Examiner C positions.
An employee who is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) shall be considered to have met the certification or licensing requirements for Zoning Plans Examiner C position.
Working knowledge of Austin’s Land Development Code;
Working knowledge of the International Residential Code;
Knowledge of architectural and engineering principles and practices;
Knowledge of architectural and engineering drawing practices, symbols and abbreviations;
Relevant work experience in building design, reviewing plans for compliance with local zoning code items, building inspections, building construction, or construction administration;
Zoning Inspector certification through the International Code Council, Residential Inspector certification through the International Code Council, Registered Architect in the State of Texas, and/or American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification.