Established: 11/90
Revised: 4/13; 9/15
FLSA: Non-Exempt
EEO: 3



Under general supervision, to review multifamily, industrial, commercial, and occasionally, 1 and 2 family dwelling building plans for compliance with the State of Oregon, Structural and Mechanical Specialty Codes and the Oregon Fire Code; to perform fire and life safety inspections and plan reviews; and to do other work as required.


The Building Codes Division within the Department of Transportation and Development is responsible for administering the State of Oregon building and related codes and Clackamas County ordinances and regulations.

The Plans Examiner-Commercial reviews plans for building projects and mechanical systems of all types, sizes and complexities.
The Plans Examiner - Commercial is distinguished from the Plans Examiner -Residential by the latter's responsibility to review building projects and mechanical systems of limited size and complexity, such 1 and 2 family dwellings, related accessory buildings and similar projects. It is distinguished from the Structural Engineer classification by the latter's registration as a professional engineer and responsibility to review the structural systems and elements for building projects and mechanical systems of all sizes, types and complexities.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Reviews building plans for compliance with commercial structural, mechanical and fire and life safety codes; reviews fire sprinkler and fire alarm system installation plans; reviews other types of plans and specifications related to commercial, industrial, and multifamily construction projects; .reviews 1 and 2 family dwelling projects as needed.
  2. Performs field inspections when required on specific projects, singly or jointly with field inspectors and fire service; writes inspection reports, noting approvals, disapprovals and/or corrections needed; places "stop work" orders as necessary.
  3. Assists in solving code related problems during both plan review and construction stages with homeowners, contractors and design professionals; evaluates and advises on alternative methods or materials to satisfy code requirements.
  4. Cooperates with fire prevention officials on projects in their districts during plans review and inspection stages.
  5. Participates in preliminary project meetings with architects, engineers, builders, owners and personnel from other divisions or agencies.
  6. Provides codes and permits related information to the public.


Thorough knowledge of: State of Oregon Structural and Mechanical Specialty Codes, the Oregon Fire Code, and other fire and life safety code provisions and standards.

Working knowledge of: State of Oregon Residential Specialty Code; Basic principles and practices of civil, structural and mechanical engineering; building construction methods and materials; County field inspection procedures and practices; County permit process and zoning regulations; English grammar and composition.

Skill to: Communicate effectively and respectfully, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships; elicit the cooperation of builders, design professionals and other concerned parties; maintain complete and accurate records; read and understand building plan details, including specifications, calculations and details; read and understand maps, legal descriptions and zoning laws; effectively operate computer equipment and software programs utilized by the County.


Duties are performed both indoors and outdoors; some physical exertion may occur during inspections, but physical demands are typically minimal.


Possession of or ability to obtain within one (1) year of hire:

Employment is contingent upon passing a post-offer physical assessment. Accommodation requests will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation.

Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.


Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.