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Plan Review Code Official

Date Posted:  Oct 12, 2019
Requisition ID:  15802

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.


About IDHS:

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (“IDHS”) works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to protect the people, property, and prosperity of the State of Indiana. We pursue this mission in order to achieve the highest level of safety and security for Indiana’s citizens, businesses, and infrastructure. It is also IDHS’s goal to efficiently and effectively mitigate and respond to threats and disasters, both natural and manmade. The IDHS team works tirelessly to achieve its vision by focusing on the following three values:

People. IDHS works to enhance the safety and security of Indiana residents by ensuring that first responders, such as firefighters and EMTs, are properly trained and certified to effectively and efficiently provide assistance during emergencies; supporting security measures during major events in Indiana; and continuously monitoring and standing ready to respond to potential hazards and threats.

Property. IDHS works to ensure that public buildings, such as businesses and schools, are compliant with fire and building codes; that our cities and towns are provided with continuous support and resources through our Emergency Operations Center in times of crisis; and that our critical infrastructure is protected from both physical and cyber-attacks.    

Prosperity. IDHS works to ensure that economic activity will continue during and after a natural disaster or manmade crisis by administering disaster mitigation, response, and recovery grant funding from both the state and federal government; by planning and training so that IDHS is able to help minimize the impact of a disaster; and, when necessary, quickly assess damage and seek disaster relief assistance from the federal government.


The plan reviewer functions as a working level building code official for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Division of Fire and Building Safety, Plan Review Division.  The individual interprets and applies the state adopted fire and building (structural, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, accessibility, energy conservation, etc.) laws, codes, rules and rgulations as they relate to projects that are either in the blueprint (plan review) or constructions (inspection) phase. 

Essential Job Responsibilities:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Uncertified individuals will complete a two through three year program to become certified and perform the duties below. Duties will increase as training progresses.
  • Interprets various fire and building codes, laws, rules and regulations and appropriately applies them to Class 1 structures and industrialized construction projects;
  • Reviews and releases submitted building plans, both site and in-plant constructions, for compliance with applicable state fire and building codes, laws, rules and regulations;
  • Promotes the development of working relationships within the community by periodically meeting with local fire and building departments, elected and appointed officials, trade associations, etc;
  • Provides training and education opportunities for local fire and building official through classes;
  • Provides code related administrative and policy training of new plan review staff, providing code education and specific on-the-job training;
  • Assists with specific duties and staff development by functioning as mentor and coach to the plan review staff to provide direction and assistance as directed by the Section Chief/ Assistant Section Chief;
  • Prepares and issues documentation for releases such as construction design releases, foundation, addenda, request for additional information, etc;
  • Explains and interprets the various fire and building codes and their applicability to architects, engineers, building and fire officials, contractors, manufacturers, and/or property owners;
  • Provides answers and customer support relating to technical questions on building rules and codes to staff, design professionals, contractors and members of the general public;
  • Investigates and resolves complaints or refers complaints to appropriate level;
  • Determines occupancy classification and types of construction;
  • Exercises authority over incomplete and/or non-comforming plan submissions until required documents are received;
  • Advises and coordinates and/or conducts training for local fire and building code enforcement officials;
  • Provides recommendations for code changes;
  • Prepares and submits technical reports regarding plan submissions, meetings, training, etc. and submits routine administrative reports such as itineraries and attendance;
  • Keeps abreast of changes (new adoptions and amendments) in laws, codes, rules, regulations and procedures that relate to building projects in the state; attends training seminars as appropriate;
  • Assesses and evaluates code amendments, alternate construction methods, changes in construction technologies, and their impact on current requirements and procedures.
  • Demonstrates continuous effort to improve operations, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly to provide quality seamless customer service; Evaluates and recommends changes to integrated computer application, and other technologies;
  • Promotes the development of local building departments through meeting with locally elected and appointed officials and special interest groups, (e.g. trade association);
  • Serves as a witness in court on code violations, as required;
  • May be on call to respond to emergency events involving man made and/or natural disasters including, but not limited to, damage assessments for tornadoes and flooding;

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.


  • High School Diploma and knowledge and skills typically acquired through an associate's or bachelor's degree in Architecture; Civil, Electrical, Fire Protection, Mechanical or Structural Engineering or Engineering Technology; Construction Management or Technology; or related area or comparable practical experience in building design, design review, construction or fire inspection, or construction supervision alone may substitute for degree;
  • Ability to obtain and hold an International Code Council (ICC) certification as a Certified Plans Examiner (CPE) within 30 months of hire;
  • Ability to obtain and hold an International Code Council (ICC) certification as a Commercial Building Inspector (CBI) within 12 months after obtaining CPE or hire if possessing CPE;
  • Specialized knowledge and ability to interpret the state's various adopted fire and building (including structural, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, pool, fuel gas, accessibility, energy conservation, etc.) laws, codes, rules and regulations and apply them to plan review;
  • Working knowledge of both construction and fire 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 devices related to design 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 non-compliance, code, complaints and administrative procedures;
  • Working knowledge of a personal computer, copy machines, and case management systems. Must be able to solve practical problems with tact, diplomacy, and deal with a variety of people in a variety of situations.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

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

  • Four (4) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (offers eligibility into a discounted 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

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.


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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