Commercial Plans Examiner - City of Portland, Oregon

November 25, 2017

City of Portland, Oregon

Portland , Oregon 97201

THE CITY OF PORTLAND invites applications for the position of:

Commercial Plans Examiner

  • Salary:   $34.74 - $40.22 Hourly, Great Benefits!
  • Recruitment Open Now!  For Qualifications and to Apply Visit
  • Recruitment will close after 6 months. Don’t delay in applying, first hiring will be made in December 2017.

To find out more about the Bureau of Development Services visit our webpage.

Bring your talent and expertise to the City of Portland!

The Bureau of Development Services is actively recruiting to fill multiple Commercial Plans Examiner vacancies. This position reviews plans of all building types, including residential, for compliance with State building codes and other applicable City and State regulations. Duties include advising design professionals, owners and builders of minimum code requirements during all phases of design, identifying possible solutions, working with City inter-agency partners, and helping guide applicants through the building permit process as smoothly as possible towards their goals.

About Our Job

Commercial Plans Examiners are able to effectively communicate in person and in writing to a diversity of customers with wide ranges of technical expertise.  This position carries out individual responsibilities with initiative, independence and creativity while exercising sound professional judgment and problem-solving skills. This position will also meet the bureau's expectations of providing excellent customer service in an equitable manner to meet the growing needs of the City of Portland's diverse community. Bi-lingual and Bi-cultural candidates are encouraged to apply.


Thursday, November 30, 2017
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
CH2M Center, Lincoln Room
 (2020 SW 4th Ave. Portland, OR 97201)


Wednesday, December 6, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
1900 Building, 3rd Floor, Room 3a 
(1900 SW 4th Ave. Portland, OR 97201)

Participate remotely? For instructions on how to participate via Skype, please contact Sara at (503) 823-5019 no later than 2:00 pm (PST) two business days prior to the information session date.

To Qualify

A competitive candidate for the position of Commercial Plans Examiner will possess the qualifications/ competencies identified in the Position Description above and the knowledge, skills and abilities in this Ideal Candidate Profile. Please be sure to provide sufficient information in your responses to the supplemental questions and your resume to display to our subject matter experts the extent of your qualifications.

To qualify the candidate will possess the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Knowledge of and experience reading, interpreting and applying Oregon Specialty Codes.
  2. Demonstrated skill and experience reading and interpreting site, architectural and structural plans.
  3. Proven skill and experience explaining technical information and code requirements verbally, in written, and by graphic means.
  4. Ability and experience establishing and maintaining effective working relationships and resolving issues with employees, applicants, builders, designers, and the public, including a diverse population having a wide range of experience and expertise.

Applicants must also possess:

  • An Oregon Inspector Certification (OIC) within 60 days after date of hire; and
  • A Structural Plans Examiner – A-level (PEA) Certification by the date of hire; and
  • An Oregon Residential Plans Examiner (CAX) Certification by the date of hire; and
  • An Oregon Fire and Life Safety Plans Examiner (PEF) Certification by the date of hire.

Special Requirements

  • A valid state driver's license and an acceptable driving record may be required for some assignments.

If you have questions about the above required Oregon certifications, visit the State of Oregon Building Code Division Inspector Certifications Pathways website or call (503) 378-4133