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City of Reno, NV Land Development Plans Examiner in Reno, Nevada

Land Development Plans Examiner


Class Title

Land Development Plans Examiner

Class Code



$55,754.50 - $78,502.81 Annually

  • Definition

  • Benefits

Classification Description Summary

Under general supervision, performs a variety of technical and para-professional planning and engineering functions supporting the review and approval of building permit documents and planning cases; responds to questions and inquiries from the general public regarding planning and engineering policies and regulations.

Essential Functions

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Prepare maps, charts, graphs and statistical exhibits for inclusion in planning reports and publications; perform plan checking for conformance to City ordinances.

Review building plans for completeness, accuracy and evaluate, and approve new civil construction and alteration plans to ensure conformance with applicable zoning codes, contact applicants to advise them of additions, deletions and/or corrections necessary to ensure conformance with current codes.

Assist in the preparation of studies and perform other tasks as assigned in support of professional planning staff; collect, verify and compile land use data from existing descriptions, maps, field surveys, reports and records from other agencies.

Provide information and assistance to engineers, architects, developers, contractors and the general public by telephone, at the service counter or in writing on engineering and planning services and activities.

Respond to inquiries regarding City zoning ordinances, applications, and other related matters; research maps and records, and to general inquiries and complaints; ensure issues are resolved in a timely and efficient manner.

Perform field inspections on assigned projects; ensure work performed complies with project plans, specifications, standards, contracts, and City codes and ordinances; notify contractors and developers of needed changes for compliance, enter information into computerized program and prepare notices and correspondence, as necessary.

Review Federal Emergency Management Act (FEMA) maps to determine if proposed structures are in a flood zone; notify developer of needed permits and certificates before construction begins.

Verify locations of utilities, easements, and property lines on City engineering plans and maps.

Serve as a plan checker for grading, utility and site plans involving engineering and traffic issues for all commercial and residential building permits; ensure compliance with applicable codes, ordinances and regulations.

Determine traffic impact fees for new developments; review and enter permits daily; prepare reports; balance all impact accounts to ensure proper fee collection.

Maintain manual and computerized records of planning cases; organize data for easy accessibility to planners and other staff; prepare maps, charts, graphs and statistical exhibits for inclusion in planning reports and publications; perform plan checking for conformance to City ordinances.

Perform technical review and processing of subdivision plans, plats, reports and documents; schedule recording to accommodate owners, developers and engineers; collect associated processing fees.

Conduct field surveys and investigations related to planning and zoning projects.

Participate in various special projects involving research, data collection and analysis as required.

Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

Basic principles and practices of urban planning.

Methods and techniques of building plan review.

Basic knowledge of engineering practices and design review.

Sources of civil engineering information.

Geographic Information System operation and application.

Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

Principles, methods and procedures of record keeping, reporting, research techniques.

Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations.

Principles and practices of effective customer service.

Ability to:

Interpret and explain City building application and permit policy process, procedures, codes, ordinances, standards, regulations and approval conditions.

Prepare and maintain accurate and complete records and files.

Respond to requests and inquiries from the general public.

Exercise good judgment, flexibility creativity, and sensitivity in response to changing situations and needs.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet and database applications.

Operate a motor vehicle safely.

Adapt to changing technologies and learn functionality of new equipment and systems.

Work in a team based environment to achieve common goals.

Coordinate multiple projects and complex tasks simultaneously.

Meet the physical requirements to safely and effectively perform the assigned duties.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Equivalent to the graduation of the twelfth grade supplemented by college level course work in planning, construction or a related field from an accredited college or university.


Two years of building or construction plan review experience.

License or Certificate:

Possession of a valid driver's license.

Supplemental Information


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting with some travel from site to site, extensive public contact, and exposure to an outdoor field environment and all types of weather and temperature conditions; work and/or walk on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces and rough terrain.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate a motorized vehicle; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Other Requirements

Local 39 Non-Supervisory


Updated: 8/2019

JD 11/2018


No state income tax.

Nevada PERS retirement plan. Vesting in 5 years.

No social security participation (1.45 % Medicare deduction required).

City paid medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage for employee. City pays a substantial amount towards dependent coverage.

City paid long term disability insurance and life insurance.

Twelve paid holidays.

Deferred compensation plans 457 and 401(a) available.

Vacation leave accrued at 4 hours per bi-weekly pay period.

Sick leave accrued at 4 hours per bi-weekly pay period.

Credit Union available.


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