Plan Review Specialist - Planning

$24.06 - $30.07 hourly
  • City of Baytown
  • 2401 Market Street, Baytown, TX, USA
  • May 30, 2024
Full time Planning

Job Description

Join the City of Baytown as a Plan Review Specialist in our Planning Department! We are seeking a detail-oriented professional to review development plans, ensuring compliance with city regulations and standards. Be part of a dynamic team dedicated to shaping the future of our community!

Full Benefits Package Including:

  • Paid holiday, vacation & sick leave to support your work/life balance
  • Insurance options
  • Free employee clinic for medical coverage participants
  • TMRS retirement with 14% City contribution
  • Mental health and financial education benefits
  • And much more!

The Plan Review Specialist will review proposed commercial, industrial and complex residential construction plans to ensure compliance with minimum building code and ordinance requirements. Determines whether plans submitted are adequate to transmit full information to field inspectors, are sufficient for a complete code review, and are in conformance with building codes, development codes, and other standards.  Meets with the public to provide project specific requirements and solutions for development and code violation cases. Utilizes the development software to keep detailed records of project requirements, project status and progress, and other communications with the applicant. Builds and maintains relationships with the City’s development partners. Issues permits. Makes field inspections throughout the City as necessary. Performs other related work as required. 


  • Reviews plans for compliance with all codes and ordinances administered by the Planning & Development Services Department for the purpose of issuing permits. Keeps effective records of permits, plan reviews, and inspections. Counsels with architects, designers, builders and owners concerning building regulations.
  • Issues permits. Makes field inspections throughout the City as necessary.
  • Ensures all handout material complies with current codes. Re-draws and reformats outdated material, and creates new handouts for the public to expedite their construction process.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications


  • Associates Degree from an accredited college or institution in Construction Science or a related field. 
  • Two years of experience in municipal code administration, a paraprofessional plan review role, Construction Science, Building, Mechanical, Electrical or Plumbing code administration, Urban Planning and/or Zoning code administration, as an Inspector, Contractor, or Superintendent of Construction, or related experience. 
  • ICC B3 or R3 Plans Examiner Certification, or the ability to obtain within one year of hire date.
  • Valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record (must obtain TX driver’s license within 90 days). 


  • An equivalent combination of education, experience, certification and/or licenses sufficient to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.


  • Prior plan review experience.
  • Licensed mechanical HVAC, electrical, or plumbing contractor.
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Comprehensive knowledge of building construction types, methods, materials, and terminology. Knowledge of the ICC I-Codes, NFPA National Electrical Code, and industry standards in construction practices. Knowledge of zoning and development codes. Ability to communicate courteously and effectively with other City employees, officials, contractors, and the public. Ability to read plans to make sure that all requirements and regulations are met. Computer proficiency in word processing and record keeping. 

Attendance is an essential function of this position. The City reserves the right to require an employee to work overtime. As a City employee you are required to provide services or perform duties for the benefit of the general public during emergency situations. These may include services or duties different from those performed in the usual course and scope of your job. In the event of an evacuation you may be required to remain to perform needed services.

Overall Position Strength Demands

Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.