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Senior Plans Examiner/Building Inspector

Senior Plans Examiner/Building Inspector

Community Development
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Pay Range 
$58,594 - $80,995

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The Town of Vail, a premier mountain resort community, is seeking a Senior Plans Examiner/Building Inspector to facilitate the plan review and building inspection process. The Town of Vail is an exciting place to work, with unique and world class projects that engage the most motivated professional. Whether it is a multi-million dollar hospital renovation, residential remodel or a temporary structure for the US Burton Open Snowboarding Competition, the work will include technical review to ensure that drawings for building construction comply with building codes and standards adopted by the town.

Job duties include but are not limited to:

  • Staffs the public counter to provide the highest level of customer service, answering questions in person and on the phone regarding the building plan review and inspection process as well as building code requirements.
  • Performs commercial and residential technical plan reviews to ensure that drawings for building construction complies with building codes and standards adopted by the town.
  • Performs inspections of buildings to verify that the construction is in accordance with the submitted plans, codes, and regulations enforced by the Town of Vail; reviews submitted plans for code compliance, reads / interprets architectural plans and construction drawings and inspects construction activities to assure that it is built in a safe manner and in accordance with the adopted codes, the plans and specifications.
  • Provides advice to construction industry professionals concerning building modifications / corrections, and prepares notices of correction in progress and notifies builders and owners of corrections.
  • Reviews quality of materials and methods of construction; maintains records of inspections and the results, and posts Dangerous Building notices.
  • Answers inquiries and technical questions posed by contractors, engineers, architects, and property owners; investigates complaints and citizen requests on construction; answers questions concerning code interpretation or inspection techniques; assists in the issuance, inspections, case tracking and final resolution of Building Violations and Stop Work notices.
  • Coordinates with others involved in the building design and construction process concerning building plan review and inspections.
  • Demonstrates the ability to complete all assigned tasks within the customer service standards adopted by the Department.
  • Performs other duties as assigned 

Skills / Requirements

Qualified applicants must be customer service minded , solutions oriented and forward thinking. In addition they must meet the following requirements:


  • High school diploma and four (4) to ten (10) years experience in construction or in a directly related technical field, or an approved equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Certified by the International Code Council as a Building Plans Examiner.
  • Certified by the International Code Council as a Building Inspector, Mechanical Inspector and Plumbing Inspector required.
  • Beyond basic knowledge of the development review, building permit and building plan review processes and procedures and automated permit systems including Project Dox and similar computer software
  • Five (5) years of experience in reading and interpreting architectural and engineering plans and drawings.
  • Ability to read and understand construction drawings and highly technical construction specifications and building codes and standards documents.
  • Previous experience assisting the public and excellent customer service skills required.
  • Ability to exercise professional judgment and utilize building code knowledge and experience to assist in complex problem solving.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects within established timeframes and deadlines.



  • Knowledge of building codes and local ordinances.

  • Knowledge of the intent of building codes and the ability to compare these to alternate methods proposed.
  • Ability to read plans and drawings.
  • Ability to view proposed plans in a preliminary state and utilize knowledge of the Building Code to ascertain compliance.
  • Ability to examine and recommend options for changes to plans to ensure code compliance.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to interpret the purpose of various building codes and exercise professional judgment.

Job Environment:

  • Works extensively with computers, desk phones, electronic plans, cellular phones, calculators, copy machines, printers, and electronic filing systems.
  • Travels to inspection sites in all weather conditions. These sites are typically construction sites at varying stages of completion.
  • Physical requirements include (but are not limited to): Driving, sitting, standing, climbing, crawling, and occasional lifting/pushing/pulling of equipment that may weigh 25 pounds or more.
  • Exposure to noise from construction equipment, to fumes from paint, and to dust from various construction activities.

Culture / Lifestyle / Benefits

Are you interested in living and working in Vail, CO?  Vail, which is centrally located in the Rocky Mountains, offers easy access to Denver (100 miles to the east) and is surrounded by the White River National Forest, offering world class outdoor activities in summer and winter (skiing, snowboarding, hiking, biking, white water).


When asked, most of our employees say that working for the Town of Vail feels like family.  Our values-based culture is nurtured by the employees’ strong desire to foster teamwork, take ownership in Vail’s future and an overall pride for serving their community.  Let’s not forget that our efforts not only benefit the community but also allow us to enjoy the spectacular amenities and culture in the Vail Valley which we call home! To find out more about our community, please visit our website and click on Vail Information.


Year-Round Benefits


The Town of Vail offers an excellent benefits and compensation package to our Full-time employees. This includes health and dental coverage, town-funded retirement, 457 pre-tax savings plan, life/survivor insurance, tennis pass, golf pass and other ski pass/wellness benefits.


What’s more, the town offers many other benefits to help employees make Vail their “home” including employee housing options, home buyer assistance programs (details), day care assistance, education reimbursements, professional development opportunities and much, much more.


Please watch our employee video to see what it is like to live and work in Vail.



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