6H25

PAY RANGE: EP21

 

L&I CONSTRUCTION PLANS REVIEW SPECIALIST

(Building)

(Electrical)
(Plumbing)

 

GENERAL DEFINITION

 

            This is complex technical construction permit examination work in the building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, energy conservation, zoning, property maintenance, and footway codes. Employees in this class review construction applications and related permit applications involving residential and commercial structures to ensure compliance with the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code and related City Ordinances and Regulations.  Employees in the Building Specialty may perform complex plan review functions or may perform advanced level field inspections to ensure projects are built in conformance with approved plans.  Communicating and providing understanding of the provisions of diverse construction codes and related ordinances, and gaining cooperation from design professionals, builders, developers, and the general public are major aspects of the work.  Work is performed under the general supervision of an administrative superior. 

 

ALLOCATING FACTORS: (The following conditions must be met for a position to be allocated to this class.)

 

1.    Employees in this class must perform complex technical permit examination work reviewing applications or perform complex field inspections for conformance to building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, energy conservation, zoning, property maintenance, and footway codes.

2.    Positions must be located in the Department of Licenses and Inspections.

 

TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)

 

ALL SPECIALTIES

 

Examines complex plans for new construction or alteration of existing buildings for conformance to multiple codes, ordinances and standards; reviews proposed plans to determine compliance with existing codes or monitors construction projects after permit issuance; explains to contractors, attorneys, developers, architects and design personnel necessary changes for code compliance; replies to requests for information pertinent to the codes and ordinances.

Ensures compliance with accessibility provisions in applying multiple code requirements; prepares recommended changes to model codes for either local amendment or submittal to the International Code Council; interprets and explains the permitting process and the provisions of the applicable codes to the general public and the professional design community; explains requirements of a variety of code provisions in order to bring proposed changes into compliance; approves permits found in compliance; disapproves applications not in compliance citing specific provisions of codes.

Enters pertinent inspection data into electronic database; utilizes a mobile computer device; completes computer retrieval tasks to receive inspection schedules via a mobile computer device; prepares reports of findings and actions taken.

May perform field inspections of construction activities to ensure compliance with plans, specifications, construction codes and related ordinances, if required by assignment.

Performs related work as required.

 

 BUILDING SPECIALTY

 

Plans Review Assignment

 

            Receives applications for permits involving new construction, demolitions, additions to one and two family dwellings, and alterations to buildings of all types not requiring major structural changes; reviews applications for completeness and conformity to the criteria of the construction codes; advises and assists applicants in preparing plot plans and sketches of proposed changes.

            Evaluates plans, applications and supporting documents for conformance to the International Building Code and the International Residential Code by comparing proposed changes with provisions of the code; performs calculations to determine structural adequacy of basic load bearing members; prepares Board of Building Standard Refusal for plans that do not conform to building code. 

            Reviews applications for conformance to zoning codes; using the plot plan, checks measurements to determine correctness of setbacks and required yard space; computes areas for conformity to required uses; determines if proposed changes alter usage categories; sends copies of any zoning refusals to the Zoning Board of Adjustment. 

            Reviews applications for conformance to property maintenance codes for light and ventilation requirements, means of sewage disposal, number and location of plumbing, sanitary and safety to existing structures. 

            Reviews applications for conformance to footway codes by determining if the plans show projections over the public footway or if alterations involve encroachments on paved areas.

            Approves or rejects applications based on applicable codes; checks for accurate permit type; verifies address and owner information; verifies insurance certificate and tax clearance of contractor performing the work.

 

Field Assignment

 

            Performs complex field inspections of zoning, building, plumbing, mechanical, fire suppression and related permits in assigned geographical area; inspects single family dwellings, additions to mixed occupancies and high rise buildings; inspects for compliance with all applicable codes; performs initial, foundation, framing, insulation and final inspections where applicable; issues certificates of occupancy for commercial and residential structures; issues temporary certificate of occupancy if all life safety and fire suppression systems are in place; inspects projects for compliance with Philadelphia plumbing code.

            Inspects installations of plumbing, electrical, mechanical and fire suppression systems; tests fire, smoke alarm; inspects pull stations, elevator recall and emergency lighting; inspects and tests fire sprinkler systems; performs flow test and fire pump test; inspects sprinkler head locations, tamper switches, backflow preventer and standpipes; approves minor structural and non-structural field adjustments to the approved building plans; coordinates with foreman and/or project manager; facilitates group inspections of large commercial properties.

            Interprets and applies the provisions of EZ Permit standards to ensure compliance; utilizes knowledge of construction and energy conservation requirements, design limitations, framing and lateral support requirements and related standards when conducting EZ Permit inspections; requires permit holders to submit plans to the Department when projects deviate from EZ Permit standards. 

 

Emergency Services Assignment

 

            Responds to emergency complaints regarding unsafe and imminently dangerous structures; performs inspections under hazardous conditions to determine any risks to public and/or property; coordinates with the Law Department to prepare dangerous properties for equity or municipal court; provides court testimony when required; inspects demolition projects; responds to collapsed and partially collapsed properties; responds to building vehicle impacts.

            Responds to Fire Department requests for structural inspections, fire assists and legal occupancy/overcrowding enforcement; responds to Police Department requests for vacant/open properties and squatting; issues emergency permits and coordinates emergency abatements performed by city or contracted personnel; evacuates occupants if required during emergencies; contacts Red Cross and/or Office of Supportive Housing when required; inspects for any Fire or Property Maintenance Code violations; performs inspections on make-safe or demolition permits; performs façade inspections on high-rise properties; coordinates with utility companies during emergencies.

           

ELECTRICAL SPECIALTY

Reviews applications for complex electrical, telecommunications, data wiring, and fire alarm installations and alterations; reviews plans for conformance with the National Electrical Code, International Fire Code, International Energy Conservation Code and the accessibility provisions of the International Building Code; ensures proposed electrical changes and installations for hazardous locations, hospitals, and fueling stations and equipment rated over 400 amps has adequate over-current protection, grounding, and materials; reviews Energy Conservation Code compliance data submitted by design professionals to ensure prescriptive and performance-related regulations for the design of energy-efficient buildings and structures are met.

 

PLUMBING SPECIALTY

 

Reviews applications for complex water distribution, sanitary and storm drainage, heating, ventilation and exhaust system installations and alterations; reviews plans for compliance with the Philadelphia Plumbing Code, International Mechanical Code, International Fuel Gas Code and the accessibility provisions of the International Building Code; ensures proposed plumbing and mechanical systems are designed to prevent cross connections and provide control of environmental conditions; ensures fuel-gas piping systems and fuel-gas utilization equipment are designed in conformance with the codes.

 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

 

KNOWLEDGE OF:

 

ALL SPECIALTIES

 

·         current developments and trends in the building construction trade and plumbing systems

·         the methods, materials, practices, and principles used in building construction, alteration, repair, demolition, and site improvement work

·         ordinances and regulations governing building construction, alteration, repair, demolition, and site improvement work

·         the codes, ordinances and regulations governing zoning requirements for land use

·         the accessibility provisions of the construction codes

·         the mechanical code and energy conservation requirements as they relate to construction

·         the property maintenance and fire prevention codes as they apply to light, ventilation and basic sanitary and safety in existing structures

·         the legal requirements and departmental procedures involved in construction permit applications

·         the principles of personal computer operations

·         interactive data entry and retrieval procedures

 

BUILDING SPECIALTY

 

·         the proper application of the requirements of the International Building Code, the International Residential Code and the Philadelphia Zoning Code

·         the legal requirements governing encroachments on public and private property and projections over public footways                                                          

·         approved installation and testing methods of fire suppression systems and fire detection equipment                                                                                        

·         the building codes as well as other ordinances and regulations governing construction or alteration

·         the proper application of the requirements of the Philadelphia Property Maintenance Code for unsafe and imminently dangerous properties

·         applicable codes, regulations and procedures for public and private demolitions

 

ELECTRICAL SPECIALTY

 

·         the proper application of the requirements of the National Electrical Code, the ICC Electrical Code, NFPA 72, the International Building Code, the International Energy Conservation Code and the International Residential Code.

 

PLUMBING SPECIALTY

 

·         the proper application of the requirements of the International Plumbing Code, Philadelphia Plumbing Code, International Mechanical Code, the International Fuel Gas Code and the International Residential Code

 

SKILL IN:

 

·         the interpretation and explanation of code requirements

·         detecting deficiencies in building construction and structural instability

·         recognizing deviations from approved blueprints, plans, diagrams, and specifications

·         the operation of a mobile computer device for data input

·         data retrieval and report writing

 

ABILITY TO:

 

·         interpret and apply the provisions of the governing construction code, and the applicable sections of the Property Maintenance, Fire, Zoning and other related codes and ordinances

·         exercise professional judgment when approving non-structural minor field adjustments to approved plans

·         read and interpret blueprints, plot plans and rough sketches, and to recognize deviations from the required code provisions, regulations and standards related to accessibility

·         enforce regulations firmly, tactfully, and impartially

·         maintain records and prepare clear, factual reports

·         make the less complex engineering computations rapidly and accurately

·         establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates and the public

·         express ideas effectively both orally and in writing

·         interpret and communicate the applicable codes and standards to the community of design professionals

·         learn the applications of the department’s designated software database

·         operate an interactive computer terminal.

 

MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE (The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests.  Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based on training and experience requirements as approved on 10/16.)

 

EDUCATION:

 

            Completion of an associate degree program with major course work in building technology at an accredited college or university, or other technical institute.

 

AND

 

CERTIFICATIONS:

BUILDING SPECIALTY

 

            Certification by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Department of Labor and Industry, within 30 days of the announcement closing date, in the following categories:

 

·         Residential Building Inspector

·         Building Inspector

·         Building Plan Examiner

·         Mechanical Inspector

·         Plumbing Inspector

·         Energy Inspector

·         Accessibility Inspector/Plan Examiner

 

ELECTRICAL SPECIALTY

 

Certification by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Department of Labor and Industry, within 30 days of the announcement closing date, in the following categories:

 

·         Building Plans Examiner

·         Electrical Inspector

·         Electrical Plans Examiner

·         Energy Plans Examiner

·         Accessibility Inspector/Plan Examiner

 

PLUMBING SPECIALTY

 

Certification by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Department of Labor and Industry, within 30 days of the announcement closing date, in the following categories:

 

·         Plumbing Inspector

·         Plumbing Plan Examiner

·         Mechanical Inspector

·         Mechanical Plans Examiner

·         Accessibility Inspector/Plan Examiner

 

AND

GENERAL EXPERIENCE:

 

Two years of code enforcement or plans review experience

 

AND

SPECIFIC EXPERIENCE:

 

One year of experience as an L&I Construction Codes Specialist, L&I Building Inspector or L&I Codes Compliance Specialist.

 

OR

 

            Any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Office of Human Resources that has included the Specific experience described above. 

 

CLASSES THAT TYPICALLY MEET THIS REQUIREMENT ARE:

 

·         L&I Building Inspector (6H90)

·         L&I Codes Compliance Specialist (6H33)

·         L&I Construction Codes Specialist (6H34)

 

NOTE:  

 

·         Additional construction trades experience can equate on a year-for-year basis for the post-high school education requirement. 

·         Certification as a Building Code Official by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Department of Labor and Industry may substitute for six (6) months of the general experience requirement.

 

PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS

 

            Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.

 

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND/OR CERTIFICATES

 

BUILDING SPECIALTY

 

            Certification by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Department of Labor and Industry, within 30 days of the announcement closing date, in the following categories:

 

·         Residential Building Inspector

·         Building Inspector

·         Building Plan Examiner

·         Mechanical Inspector

·         Plumbing Inspector

·         Energy Inspector

·         Accessibility Inspector/Plan Examiner

 

ELECTRICAL SPECIALTY

 

Certification by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Department of Labor and Industry, within 30 days of the announcement closing date, in the following categories:

 

·         Building Plans Examiner

·         Electrical Inspector

·         Electrical Plans Examiner

·         Energy Plans Examiner

·         Accessibility Inspector/Plan Examiner

 

PLUMBING SPECIALTY

 

Certification by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Department of Labor and Industry, within 30 days of the announcement closing date, in the following categories:

 

·         Plumbing Inspector

·         Plumbing Plan Examiner

·         Mechanical Inspector

·         Mechanical Plans Examiner

·         Accessibility Inspector/Plan Examiner

 

ALL SPECIALTIES

 

            Completion of course work or continuing education credits necessary to maintain certification during tenure of employment as a Construction Plans Review Specialist.

            Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator's license as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to and during tenure of employment in this class, if required by work assignment.

 

Class Established: CSC - 3/73; Ad. Board - 4/73

Spec Revision: CSC - 2/95; Ad. Board - 5/95

CSC – 2/13; Ad Board – 3/13

Latest Spec. Revision: CSC – 9/16; Ad. Board – 10/16

 

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