Fire Plans Examiner - City of La Porte, TX

Title: Fire Plans Examiner
Type: Fire Marshal
Date Posted: February 2, 2023
Organization: City of La Porte, TX
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Category: Full-Time

Salary: Min $24.398 - Mid: $30.498


Reviews construction plans for compliance with applicable City, State, and Federal rules, regulations, and codes.  Manages and maintains the records and documents collected and created for plan reviews performed by the City.  Inspects existing and new commercial buildings and residential units to determine compliance with city ordinance, plans, and codes.



Receives direction from the Fire Marshal.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Regular and timely attendance at work.
  • Review permits and building fire plans as needed before issuance for compliance with City, State, and Federal rules and regulations.
  • Reviews include all aspects of building construction and building safety systems i.e., sprinkler systems, standpipe systems, alarm systems, HVAC, kitchen hood and extinguishment systems and emergency operation equipment.
  • Review complaints and construction issues in the field for the Fire Marshal.
  • Assist the public with code questions and interpretations.
  • Review applications for development permits to ensure compliance with City guidelines.
  • Keep accurate records of permit applications, plan review comments, and plan review resubmissions.
  • Communicate with the public, contractors, Architects, Engineers, and others to provide information concerning the various codes that are associated with a development project, i.e., Fire Codes.
  • Monitor contractors to insure they are properly licensed by the State of Texas to perform the work.
  • May assist in Fire Investigations, EOC Operations and Fire Inspections as required.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to handle or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear.  The employee is frequently required to stand and walk.  The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.



Knowledge of: 

Principles, practices, methods, and techniques of modern fire inspections and plan review. Applicable laws, rules, regulations, ordinances, and codes pertaining to fire inspection and plan review. Engineering and architectural design principles and practices.


Ability to:

  • Read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals; ability to write routine reports and correspondence; ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
  • Perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Database software; Spreadsheet software and Word Processing software.
  • Operate a assigned city vehicle for business use; personal computer, copier, fax machine, telephone, cell phone, pager
  • Present a positive image of the City at all times and interpret, implement, explain, and enforce codes.
  • Actively listen and demonstrate competence and interest to the general public, citizens, and co-workers.
  • Communicate effectively with contractors, architects, engineers, and the public.
  • Understand written instructions, construction codes, ordinances, technical manuals, blue prints, and construction drawings.
  • Perform complex mathematical calculations for engineering and design problems.
  • Write reports, logs, permits, memoranda, and plan evaluations.


  • Minimum of one (1) year experience in a building design and construction or local/state application of International Fire Code and International Building Code standards.
  • Knowledge of International Building Code and/or International Fire Code.


Possession of a Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) Fire Inspector and Plans Examiner certification, required.


*Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.

*Duties, responsibilities and actions may change at any time with or without notice.

 The City of La Porte is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Qualified Individuals.

Job Post Expiration Date March 24, 2023

  All jobs are considered open until filled, unless otherwise posted.