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Plan Examiner Specialist

The Plan Examiner Specialist provides primary service to walk-in customers who are seeking building permits and certificates or information regarding City of Milwaukee building and zoning codes.


Plan Examination

  • Examine and approve plans and permit applications for the construction or installation of architectural and related mechanical systems, pursuant to State and City codes and other regulatory agency requirements.
  • Review, approve, and process applications for certificates of occupancy.
  • Review and process applications for zoning statements.
  • Prepare denials of applications for proposed projects and uses that require approval from the Board of Zoning Appeals or the Standards and Appeals Commission.

Customer Service

  • Provide timely, professional and courteous customer service by responding to customer inquiries in-person, over the telephone and via email regarding the building and zoning code and the development and permitting process.
  • Coordinate the issuance of permits with other City departments and governmental agencies.
  • Explain departmental policies to customers.

We welcome qualified individuals with disabilities who are interested in employment and will make reasonable accommodations during the hiring process in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.


  • Must be able to perform light physical work, including lifting and moving objects weighing up to 10 lbs.
  • Must comply with the departmental dress code.
  • Must be able to work in an office environment daily.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in architecture, engineering, building construction, or a related field from an accredited college or university.
  2. OR 
  3. Four years of experience as a building construction inspector, construction trades inspector, construction superintendent, contractor, journey-level carpenter, mason, steamfitter, or sheet metal worker or code enforcement official. Code enforcement experience will be considered only for the time period it is accompanied by certification as a UDC Construction Inspector.
  4. State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) certification as a UDC Construction Inspector and UDC HVAC Inspector within six months of appointment and throughout employment.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may also be considered.


The current salary range for City of Milwaukee $65,989-$69,534 annually, and the residency incentive salary for City of Milwaukee residents is $67,969-$71,620.  Appointment above the minimum is possible based upon level of experience and other qualifications and is subject to approval.


The City of Milwaukee provides a comprehensive benefit program. For full details of the benefits offered by the City of Milwaukee, please visit

The City of Milwaukee values and encourages diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.