Plans Examiner

Department: Building and Permitting Services
Division:  Building and Permitting Services
Hourly Rate: $22.22 – $33.33


Performs mechanical, electrical and plumbing plan and permit review to insure compliance with the Florida Building Code and National Electrical Code and City ordinances as well as applicable regulations for site, right-of-way, traffic, water and wastewater for commercial and residential properties. Work performed under general supervision of the Assistant Director of Building and Permitting Services with some latitude to exercise judgment in decision making using well-defined policies, procedures and techniques. Work evaluated through review of work products for accurate output and results achieved.

Essential functions

  • Reviews permits for conformance with Florida Mechanical or National Electrical code based upon proper licensure as plans examiner.
  • Reviews permits for conformance to city codes related to site grading, right-of-way connections, bicycle parking, traffic management and water distribution and wastewater collection/transmission.
  • Performs site inspections to confirm pre-construction and post-construction conditions.
  • Utilizes record drawings and GIS data to coordinate with permit reviews.
  • Prepares plan comments concerning city standards/codes compliance for developers and builders, and provides direction for corrective solutions.
  • Coordinates with Public Works and Water/Wastewater inspectors on construction matters.
  • Ensures developers and builders obtain permits required by outside agencies for proposed development.
  • Performs detailed engineering site calculations to include impervious area, slope and retention volumes to confirm validity of submitted data, and water distribution and sewer collection hydraulics.
  • Communicates with developers and builders regarding plan review status and corrective actions required.
  • Meets with residents, designers, builders and others to answer questions and provide guidance regarding compliance criteria.
  • Participates in preliminary and development review meetings as needed.
  • Coordinates with Building and Permitting and other members of City staff for maximum efficiency and streamlining of plan review processes.
  • Communicate effectively with all staff, vendors and the public.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the City of Winter Park Core Competencies.
  • Perform other work as assigned.

Note:  The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position.

Knowledge, skills & abilities

  • Knowledge of mechanical, electrical and/or plumbing design.
  • Knowledge of the civil engineering methods, procedures and designs as it relates to Public Works and Water/Wastewater Utilities construction.
  • Knowledge of the types of tests performed on construction materials and their application.
  • Knowledge of the codes, regulations and specifications relating to Public Works and Water/Wastewater Utilities construction.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering plans and specifications.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees and the general public.
  • Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to adapt to new technologies established, including those for permit processing, review and inspection.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree in mechanical or electrical engineering.
  • Experience in civil engineering practices and experience in mechanical, electrical or plumbing plans inspection or review, or an equivalent combination of education and experience equating to five years’ experience in mechanical, electrical or plumbing plans inspection or review and/or working for/as a mechanical, electrical or plumbing contractor.

Certifications and Training

  • Possess and maintain a valid Florida Driver license.
  • Must obtain a State of Florida Provisional Plans Examiner license issued by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) within 90 days of hire.
  • Must obtain certification as a State of Florida Mechanical, Plumbing and/or Electrical Plans Examiner within one year of date of hire, or be a licensed Florida Engineer or Architect.
  • All certifications must be current at the time of application and must be maintained as a condition of continued employment.



Tasks typically conducted in an indoor office environment. Tasks may require infrequent exposure to adverse and hazardous environmental conditions when visiting job sites.


This is light work requiring the exertion of 50 pounds of force occasionally, up to 25 pounds of force frequently and up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects; work requires climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, and grasping. Work requires sitting at a keyboard for extended periods of time.


Tasks require manual dexterity in addition to visual and hearing acuity as well as oral communication ability.