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Building Plan Reviewer

Date Posted:  Sep 20, 2021
Requisition ID:  231141

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204

Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


About the Indiana Department of Homeland Security:

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) leads Indiana's emergency planning and operations, first responder training and fire and building safety. The Indiana State Fire Marshal leads the Division of Fire and Building Safety (within IDHS), which oversees the enforcement of building codes and includes a fire investigations unit. The agency certifies and trains thousands of first responders and also hosts state-level exercises each year. IDHS also supports the state Emergency Operations Center (EOC), which leads response and coordination efforts for large-magnitude incidents.


Salary Information:

This position normally starts out at $30,420.00 annually.

About the Job:

The Building Plan Reviewer interprets and applies the state's adopted fire and building (structural, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, accessibility, energy conservation etc.) laws, codes, rules and regulations as they relate to all projects (regardless of complexity) that are either in the blueprint (plan review) and/or construction (inspection) phase.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Interprets various fire and building codes, laws, rules and regulations and appropriately applies them to specific routine to very complex Class I and industrial construction projects submitted;
  • Reviews and releases submitted building plans and specifications or inspects construction projects for compliance with applicable state fire and building codes, laws, rules and regulations;
  • Prepares and issues documentation for releases such as construction design releases, foundations, addenda, correction requests, etc.;
  • Reports non filed projects and/or construction violations making recommendations on the issuance of noncompliance orders;
  • Explains and interprets the various fire and building codes and their applicability to architects, engineers, building and fire officials, contractors, manufactures, property owners and/or lower- level staff;
  • Prepares correspondence to explain fire and building code revisions and answers general code inquiries;
  • Exercises authority over incomplete and/or non-conforming plan submissions until required documents are received;
  • Investigates and attempts to resolve complaints;
  • Assists in the training of new review and/or inspection staff by functioning as a mentor, providing code education and specific on-the-job training;
  • Advises, coordinates and/or conducts training for local fire and building code enforcement officials;
  • Prepares and submits technical reports regarding plan review and/or field inspections and prepares and submits routine administrative reports such as itineraries, monthly mileage and attendance;
  • Monitors changes (new adoptions and amendments) in laws, codes, rules, regulations and procedures that relate to Class I and industrialized building projects in the state;
  • Promotes the development of local building departments through meeting with locally elected and appointed officials and special interest groups (e.g. trade associations);
  • Serves as a witness in court on code violations as required.

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of this role.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Possess a valid Indiana Driver's License.
  • Ability to achieve national certification as a Plans Examiner and Certified Building Inspector within three years of being hired;
  • Practical experience in building design, design review, construction inspection or construction supervision; Extensive and specialized knowledge of, and ability to, interpret the state's various adopted fire and building (structural, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, accessibility, energy conservation etc.) laws, codes, rules and regulations and apply them to plan review or inspection practices;
  • Extensive knowledge of construction principles, practices and procedures;
  • Ability to read, understand and evaluate construction plans, specifications and shop drawings for compliance to applicable fire and building codes;
  • Ability to use the measuring and mechanical devices related to design and construction practices;
  • Ability to effectively and tactfully communicate, orally and in writing, with design professionals, contractors, property owners, elected and appointed officials and the public regarding technical issues of noncompliance, codes, complaints and administrative procedures;
  • Ability to use various office equipment such as computers, printers, copiers etc

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the medical plan)
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution)
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • Group life insurance
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • New Parent Leave
  • Free Parking
  • Free LinkedIn Learning

If this is an Intermittent position, the position does not offer benefits and is limited to 180 working days in an eleven (11) month continuous period.


Pay for this position will be commensurate with Education and Experience. 


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Nearest Major Market: Indianapolis