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City of Des Moines Plans Examiner in Des Moines, Iowa

Plans Examiner

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Plans Examiner


$38.70 - $46.48 Hourly


Des Moines, IA

Job Type

Regular Full-Time

Job Number



Development Services


DS042044 - DS Permit and Development Center

Opening Date


Closing Date

5/29/2024 4:00 PM Central



Bargaining Unit


Occupational Group

Civil Service

Location of Vacancy

Des Moines



Selection Method

An education and experience review will be completed on all qualified applicants. Applicants deemed most qualified based on qualifications may be scheduled for an oral examination. Qualified applicants who need a reasonable accommodation must inform this office at (515) 283-4213 or TTY at Iowa Relay at 711 or 1-800-735-2942 prior to deadline.

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Distinguishing Features of the Class

Under supervision, to conduct and coordinate the review of building plans for compliance with building code requirements and related regulations.

The City of Des Moines promotes a healthy work life balance and offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Residency Incentive Program

  • Alternative Work Schedule Options

  • Paid Volunteer Time-Off

  • Parental Leave

  • Vacation and Sick Leave

  • 12 Paid Holidays

  • Health/Dental/Life/LTD Insurance

  • Wellness Programs and Activities

  • Tuition Reimbursement and Continuing Education Programs

  • Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Benefit

  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan through IPERS

  • Deferred Compensation Plan with City Match up to 2.5%

  • Voluntary Insurance Benefit Options

  • Employee Discount Program

Acceptable Experience and Training

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a major in engineering, architecture, or closely related field; and

  • Two years of experience in building design work with emphasis on structural design;

  • Or any equivalent combination in which an additional two years of experience may substitute for one year of formal education.

Transcripts verifying degree conferred, if applicable, must be submitted to the City of Des Moines Human Resources Department to receive credit. Please send electronically to, by fax to 515-237-1680, or by mail to 1551 E MLK Jr Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50317 by the application deadline.

Required Special Qualifications

  • Candidates for positions in this class must pass a post-employment offer physical examination and drug screen.

  • Ability to pass a background check.

  • Possession of a valid driver’s license or evidence of equivalent mobility.

  • Possession of a current Plans Examiner certificate issued by the International Code Council (ICC) within the first twenty-four months of employment.

Examples of Essential Work (Illustrative Only)

• Reviews building plans, specifications, and structural calculations for compliance with building and fire safety codes;

• Consults with designers, contractors, and the general public regarding code applications and building construction methods and materials;

• Answers requests from citizens for information regarding code requirements;

• Keeps informed of new building construction methods and materials;

• Prepares reports pertaining to building code enforcement; may make recommendations for code changes;

• Assists in the issuance of building permits;

• Makes field inspections as required;

• Acts for supervisor in his/her absence or when directed;

• Performs related work as required.