Residential Plans Examiner - Building Inspector

Prineville, OR

Department: Community Development

Reports To: Building Official

Classification: Non-Exempt

Salary Grade: 123 /   $59,841.50 - $75,857.60

All applications must be received through the link provided below:


Under the general supervision of the Building Official, the position performs advanced plan review and inspection fieldwork for all types of residential buildings and structures. Promotes effective and uniform enforcement of building codes, including but not limited to state, county, and city codes, requiring incumbent to continue education and certification in appropriate building and inspection fields to remain current in code changes through approved courses.  Performs highly complex plans examinations and inspections of all kinds of buildings, structures, and examines building plans for compliance.  The position also meets with County Officials, developers, designers, contractors and owners to help identify and resolve issues. Skilled judgment, discretion, and interpretation are required to solve a wide range of technical, administrative, and productivity challenges; and to properly apply codes, regulations, and principles of mechanics to specific situations.   Must have the ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships among staff, with other agencies, and  County departments; read, evaluate, understand, and make well-reasoned interpretations of complex, technical regulations, plans, specifications, and engineering/architect drawings; demonstrate skilled judgment and discretion to solve a range of technical, administrative and productivity challenges; perform complex building, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical inspections.

Essential Job Functions 

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

1. Must have ability to form and build good working relationships with co-workers, supervisor, County Officials, and the general public.

2. Keeps current with trends and developments related to essential job competencies.

3. Performs the most technically complex examinations or inspections of all kinds of buildings and structures, including mechanical installation in all stages of construction, alteration, or repair for compliance with approved plans. 

4. Interprets and applies policies, procedures, laws and regulations applicable to the work area; approves or disapproves work; writes correction notices and stop-work orders; participates in issuance of permits, calculation of fees and maintenance of records; and determines value of structure and necessary permits and fees.

5. In situations involving any or all aspects of structural, mechanical, plumbing, or electrical, approves, disapproves, writes correction notices, issues stop work notices, works with owners and contractors, and performs other functions to insure compliance.

6. Maintains surveillance of work-in-progress to assure compliance with Oregon Specialty Codes.  Maintains records of construction progress and results of inspections.

7. Responds to inquiries related to building and design matters in writing, on the phone, or in person in a courteous manner; provides information within scope of knowledge.

8. Examines and evaluates plans, drawings and specifications for proposed construction projects for State Building Code compliance and accepted engineering practices; works with customers in resolving issues concerning inspections or code compliance.

9. Oversees special projects as determined by the Building Official and the County Court.

10. Promotes a positive image of the County in all official capacities.


1. Technical Capacity.

2. Teamwork Collaboration

3. Time Management.

4. Communication Proficiency both Verbally and in Writing.

5. Ethical Conduct.

6. Dispute Management.

7. Skilled Judgement and Discretion.

Supervisory Responsibility 

This position has no supervisory responsibilities

Work Environment 

This job operates part time in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

While performing the inspection duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to a variety of extreme conditions at inspection sites, including all weather conditions such as heat, snow, rain, hail and wind. 

Physical Demands 

Essential functions are performed in an office environment and in the field requiring sitting, reaching, standing, walking, kneeling, stooping, lifting 25 pounds, fingering, grasping, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions. Some duties may require work during evening or weekend hours. Field inspection work is primarily non-sedentary and involves driving a variety of vehicles and performing inspections outdoors in all types of weather for extended periods of time: requires the ability to walk on uneven surfaces, climb into trenches and on ladders, crawl into confined spaces, and lift or move construction plans of large dimensions weighing up to approximately 50 pounds.  Work is performed in an environment that involves everyday risks and discomforts and sometimes adverse weather conditions requiring safety precautions.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work 

This is a part-time or full-time position. Days and hours of work are variable depending on needs of the department.  Occasional overtime may be expected (as approved by the Building Official and Community Development Director) based upon the demand of inspections.


Travel within the County and occasionally to training will be expected on a daily basis.

Required Education and Experience 

• High School Diploma

• 5 years’ work experience in construction field or performing building inspections PLUS

• 2 years of progressively responsible experience working with construction projects, building enforcement, land use or zoning.

• Valid Oregon Driver’s License

• Must possess an OIC (Oregon Inspector Certification) and the following certifications:

1. Residential Plans Examiner (CAX)

2. Residential Building Inspector (CAS)

Preferred Education and Experience 

• Any combination of Additional State of Oregon residential or Commercial Certifications.

Additional Eligibility Requirements

• Able to complete a thorough employment and/or criminal history check.

• Final candidates will be required to provide official proof of college degree and certified transcripts (not required for all positions). 

Safety Sensitive Requirements

• This position is considered to be a safety sensitive position and candidate must successfully pass a pre-employment drug test.

AAP/EEO Statement 

• This position is ‘at-will’, and either Crook County or the employee may terminate the relationship at any time with or without cause. 

• Crook County is an equal opportunity employer

Other Duties

• Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.