Chief Building Plans Examiner

County Of Maui
Full Time, Permanent $6,202 Per year HI Hawaii, USA


IMPORTANT:  SR-26 (Appointment may be made at any rate within the salary range from $6,202, SR-26C to $8,497, SR26K, per month at which appropriate qualified employees can be verified.)   

Plans, directs, and coordinates a program involving the issuance of building permits and the review and approval of building plans and specifications of residential and commercial buildings and structures for conformance with the Building Code, Housing Code, Zoning Code, and other related ordinances; and performs other related duties as required. 

Examples of Duties

This class is the top level in the Building Plans Examiner series and is distinguished by its responsibility for overseeing and directing all operational activities related to the issuance of building permits and review and approval of building plans and specifications of residential and commercial buildings and structures for compliance with provisions of the Building Code, Housing Code, Zoning Code, and other related ordinances. This class also has the responsibility for developing and implementing new policies and procedures to improve the permit process and developing training programs to ensure the uniform interpretation of codes and ordinances. 

Examples of Duties

The following are examples of duties are not necessarily descriptive of any one position in this class. The omission of specific duties statements does not preclude management from assigning such duties if such duties are a logical assignment for the position. 

  • Plans, directs, and coordinates all operational activities related to the review and approval of building plans and specifications buildings and structures for compliance with the Building Code, Housing Code, Zoning Code, and related ordinances, and the processing and issuance of building and related permits;
  • Reviews program to determine efficiency of organization, work processes, relevance of current codes and ordinances, standard operating procedures, uniform interpretation of codes and ordinances, and staffing and training needs;
  • Determines priorities of work to be performed and makes assignments accordingly;
  • Develops training programs to keep staff informed of all aspects of the plan review process including customer servicing, building industry standards and innovations, and code changes and interpretations;
  • Develops and implements policies and procedures for improvement of the building plan review and permit issuance programs;
  • Advises developers, contractors, architects, and engineers of the Building Codes, Zoning Codes, and other related ordinances and regulations and their application;
  • Resolves disputes between contractors and staff in the interpretation and application of the Building Code and related ordinances;
  • Develops and recommends adoption of the amendments to provisions of the Building Code and/or other related ordinances;
  • Oversees and coordinates the review and routing of plans between all applicable government agencies;
  • Attends meetings or conferences with organizations as it relates to the architectural review of the building inspection programs;
  • Provides information to the public relating to the code and other building requirements and regulations;
  • Oversees the maintenance of records and inspections relating to building plans and permits and the preparation of correspondence and other reports;
  • Performs other related duties as assigned. 

This is the first class specification approved for the new class, CHIEF BUILDING PLANS EXAMINER, effective July 1, 2023, amended October 26, 2023.

APPROVED: 10/26/2023

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Training and Experience: A combination of education and experience substantially equivalent to graduation from high school and seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in reviewing building plans and specifications, or inspecting building construction, for conformance with the provisions of laws, codes, and related ordinances, five (5) of which shall have involved interpreting, applying, and/or enforcing the Building Code and related ordinances. Such experience must also include, or be supplemented by, work experience demonstrating aptitude or potential for the performance of supervisory duties through successful completion of regular or special assignments which involve some supervisory responsibilities or aspects; by serving as a group or team leader, or in similar work in which opportunities for demonstrating supervisory capabilities exist; by completion of training courses in supervision accompanied by application of supervisory skills in work assignments; or by favorable appraisals by a supervisor indicating the possession of supervisory potential.

License Requirement: Possession of a valid motor vehicle driver’s license (equivalent to State of Hawaii, Type 3).

Knowledge of: Principles and practices of supervision; the Building, Housing, and Zoning Code and ordinances of the County of Maui; procedures involved in processing building permit applications; basic principles of building design; construction and engineering terminology as they apply to reviewing building plans and specifications.              

Ability to: Plan, assign, and coordinate the work of subordinates; interpret and apply provisions of the building of the Building, Housing, and Zoning Codes and ordinances; develop and implement operational procedures to assure maximum efficiency of operations; read and interpret building plans and specifications; explains laws, rules, regulations, and procedures involved in processing building permit applications; render decisions in the proper interpretation of provisions of the Building, Housing, and Zoning Codes and ordinances and advise others; determine need for and recommend amendments to specific wording or provisions of the subordinates in the interpretation of the Building Code; deal effectively with subordinates, engineers, architects, contractors, and the general public; maintain records and prepare reports; give clear and concise oral and written instructions.
Health and Physical Condition: Persons seeking appointment to positions in this class must meet the health and physical condition standards deemed necessary and proper to perform the essential functions to the position with or without reasonable accommodations.
Physical Effort Grouping: Light


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The above examination is being given on an open-competitive basis to establish an eligible list which shall be effective for not more than one year unless extended by the Director of Personnel Services.


The County of Maui does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, color, ancestry, national origin, disability, marital status, pregnancy, arrest and court record, assignment of child support, national guard participation or any other basis covered by state or federal laws governing non-discrimination

Pre-Employment/Post-Offer Drug Screening Test: All applicants, who will enter a safety sensitive position or certain designated categories that the Personnel Services Director has established or who are required by law to be drug tested must pass a pre-employment/post-offer drug screening test as a condition of employment. There is no retesting or re-evaluation process. Cost for the drug screening test shall be borne by the County of Maui.

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