Application Information

For an application, you may download the application form (pdf) or pick one up at the City of Decatur Human Resources Department at 610 4th Ave SE, Decatur, AL 35601. A completed employment application along with a current resume must be submitted by the posted deadline for the position of interest.

Mail to:
Human Resources Department
City of Decatur
P.O. Box 1984
Decatur, AL 35602

Email to:

Building Plans Examiner

Department: Building Department
Position Type: Standing Application

VACANCY ID#  2024-207

POSTING DATE  2/27/2024


JOB TITLE  Building Plans Examiner
DEPARTMENT 023/Building Code Inspection
STATUS Full-time Classified Service*

Biweekly Minimum $1,955.36 Biweekly Maximum $2,975.31
Annual Minimum $50,839.39 Annual Maximum $77,358.14

*Starting salary will be commensurate with experience within the assigned pay range.

SUMMARY OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES • This position involves advanced administrative work in reviewing and maintaining building plans for compliance with technical codes and ordinances.

• Participates in the review of a variety of building plans for new construction, alterations, and repair work to determine if plans, workmanship, and materials conform to relevant building codes. Reviews plans and specifications for compliance with established codes. Maintains building plan files.

• Reviews detailed plans and specifications for building constructions, alteration, demolition, or moving compliance with building, electrical, plumbing, gas, mechanical, and fire codes and compliance with local zoning ordinances, both for placement of building and use. Reviews residential, commercial, and industrial plans for acceptable structural strength, stability, energy conservation, sanitation, accessibility for the disabled, light, ventilation, fire standards and exits.

• Confers with architects, engineers, contractors and owners; makes recommendations of code interpretation and requirements; assists building inspectors in properly interpreting plans and specifications.

*Full job description available upon request or at our website –
MINIMUM QUALIFCATIONS • High school diploma or GED supplemented by college or trade school level course work in architecture, civil engineering, building design, or a closely related field, and considerable experience in skilled building construction or inspection trades; OR any combination of education, training, and experience that provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this job.

• Current Certifications by the International Code Council (ICC) as a Building Inspector and a Building Plans Examiners – required upon hire and must be maintained.

• Must be proficient with computers, including Microsoft office products/software

• Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.

HOW TO APPLY** The City of Decatur is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability or any other protected status.

Employment Applications are available on our website at, or from the Human Resources Department at Fort Decatur Recreational Center, 610 4th Avenue SE, Decatur, AL 35601.

Completed employment application, with current resume (if available), must be returned to the City of Decatur Human Resources Department by the posting closing date. May be delivered in person or:

Mailed to: P. O. Box 1984, Decatur, AL 35602
Emailed to:
Faxed to: (256) 341-4895
The Human Resources Department may be contacted at (256) 341-4890

**Due to the volume of responses received, we will not be able to provide a status of consideration. Candidates who have been selected for the next step in the review process will be notified.

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