Building Plan Examiner - MABCD

Date: Sep 13, 2023

Location: Wichita, KS, US

Company: Sedgwick County

Department:  MABCD 

Pay:  $55,827.20 annually  

Work Schedule:   


Sedgwick County offers a comprehensive benefits package for full-time employees that includes health coverages, paid leave, regular compensation reviews, retirement plans, and professional development opportunities.  For more detailed information, please visit our benefits page at SCBenefits.


Examines preliminary and final construction plans for new buildings, additions and alterations as well as zoning to meet adopted code. The adopted code includes state and national regulations like the American’s with Disabilities Act, Fair Housing Act, etc. Facilitates entire plan review process by acting as the project manager. Ensures all departments with a stake in the project reviews and approves their scope (Fire, Public Works, State, Engineering, Environmental, etc.). Must be thoroughly familiar with all aspects of all adopted code applicable in Sedgwick County including the contracted municipalities.


Review building construction plans for compliance with adopted codes and regulations.

  • Examine building plans for structural, non-structural, and land use/zoning regulations.
  • Consolidate all agency reviews into the project write-up, and communicate requirements to the applicant using plan review software.
  • Conduct on-site, preliminary inspections of buildings for addition or alteration plans as needed.
  • Suggest alternatives for bringing non-compliant plans into compliance with the design professional.
  • Collaborate with inspection staff regarding interpretation of final plans.


Participate in preliminary review of proposed construction projects and/or consultation on current construction projects.

  • Conduct preliminary investigations for proposed construction and prepares written reports.
  • Consult with architects, engineers, contractors, developers, and the public in regard to compliance with the zoning ordinance, subdivision, accessibility standards, and adopted codes.
  • Offer alternative methods to achieve code compliance.
  • Travel to off-site meeting locations as needed.


Customer Inquiries

  • Answer phones, respond to e-mail requests within one business day and assist with questions related to projects.
  • Use proper etiquette including verifying customer hand-off and giving customer accurate information.


Minimum Qualifications: Graduation from a four-year college with at least 6 months experience or 6-month internship working with building and/or zoning code compliance in a government office, architecture or engineering firm. In addition, candidate must have successfully completed a blueprint reading or a plans examiner certification course.


4 years and 6 months or more experience working as a combination building inspector and have successfully completed a blueprint reading or plans examiner certification course. NOTE: A combination building inspector requires current/active certifications in building, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing inspection.


Required Certifications:

  • Commercial plans examination certification or obtain certification within 12 months of hire.
  • If applicant has no college degree:
    • Active ICC Building Inspector certification
    • Active ICC Electrical Inspector certification or Master Electrician
    • Active ICC Mechanical Inspector certification or Master Mechanical
    • Active ICC Plumbing Inspector certification or Master Plumbing
  • The following must be obtained within 12 months of hire, as class availability allows: accessibility plans examiner, fire plans examiner. Architectural license may substitute for either of the above. Two additional ICC certifications.


Preferred Qualifications: Graduation from a four-year college with a degree in building architecture, building/fire science or engineering (structural, trade or civil). Two or more years of experience in commercial plan review, building construction, and/or building design. Commercial plans examination certification.


It is the policy of Sedgwick County not to discriminate in its programs or services provided to the general public, including employment and all other activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, disability, veteran status or any other similarly protected status. Sedgwick County is committed to making the application, interview, and pre-employment testing process accessible to persons with disabilities. If you wish to volunteer information regarding any special assistance you may need, please notify Human Resources by phone at (316) 660-7050, TDD (Kansas Relay at 711 or 800-766-3777). Do not use this phone number for employment questions. This number is provided only for those requiring ADA assistance. You will be contacted should the department feel that you are a qualified candidate.

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