Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Summary of Job Duties

Hiring Bonus: 
$500 on hire and $500 after successfully 
completing a 6-month probationary period

City of Aurora, Colorado
It is an exciting time to work for the City of Aurora, we're growing and looking for dedicated and collaborative individuals to join our team of talented and valued employees. Excellent organizations have a set of principles, or core values, that are used to implement their mission and vision. Those values represent the touchstone for the organization, guiding the decisions of the individuals and the organization. At the City of Aurora, we demonstrate our excellence by modeling the CORE 4 Values of:  IntegrityRespect, Professionalism, and Customer Service, and we welcome all who share these values to apply.

Why Work for Aurora?
  • Make a difference in the lives of real people every day
  • Diverse community
  • Competitive total compensation package
  • Well-Funded General Employees Retirement Plan
  • Light rail station minutes away
  • On-site fitness center and overall employee well-being programs
  • Internal educational programs to assist with career advancement
  • Access to innovation workspaces

Department Information

The City of Aurora Building Division is a division of Public Works. The Building Division has three primary areas. The Permit Center Building Plans Review and Building Inspections. Our Staff is dedicated to providing our customers with exceptional project services in the areas of building plan review, permits, and inspections. Our goal is to ensure safe buildings and properties for our citizens through a collaborative working relationship with our construction partners.

The City of Aurora will conduct ongoing screenings of applications on a first-come, first-serve basis; as soon as we determine to have a qualified pool of applicants, this position may close quickly and without notice. 

The City of Aurora is seeking a highly qualified individual for the position of Fire/Life Safety Plans Examiner to perform professional work reviewing plans, specifications and other documents for the construction and remodeling of buildings for compliance with building codes adopted by the City.  Depending on experience and certifications this person may fill a level between entry level to level III.

The successful Fire/Life Safety Plans Examiner candidate will work in the Fire/Life Safety Group of the Building Division and will report to the Fire/Life Safety Supervisor who reports to the Building Official and is the liaison to the Fire Chief. This position will primarily be responsible for reviewing project documents for compliance with the City's adopted codes with the primary focus on Life Safety Systems. 

The process may include a written and/or performance exam, individual and/or panel interviews and reference checks. Only those candidates who have the best combination of qualifications in relation to the requirements and duties of the position will continue in the selection process. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an invitation to participate in the process.


  • Analyze and interpret complex fire and life safety construction documents related to adopted fire code and NFPA standards, to include, but not limited to; fire protection systems, hazardous materials, high-piled storage, and etc. 
  • Review all Planning, Water and Civil plan documents on behalf of the Aurora Fire Department to ensure for adequate fire apparatus access, water supplies, and the location of fire appliances relating to projects going through the city development review process.
  • Assist designers and contractors by providing information and interpretations of fire codes and regulations, recommend necessary changes to design documents as required to obtain compliance with applicable codes and regulations.
  • Schedule, conduct and participate in meetings regarding codes and departmental interpretations.
  • Provide quality customer service while functioning in a regulatory capacity.
  • Maintain plan review data status on a computer and update status as necessary
  • Maintain plan review records and files
  • Responsible for preparing written correction letters and maintaining and updating records and database information
  • Assist front counter and may perform inspections during peak periods
  • Perform other related duties as required



  • High School Diploma or GED.  
  • Associate Degree in a field related to the area of assignment is preferred.


  • The desired entry level candidate would have a working background in areas such as the fire department, fire prevention, fire alarm/sprinkler industry, or related field.
  • The desired Fire/Life Safety Plans Examiner I-III would have three years of progressively responsible experience in plan review, building inspection, fire inspections or construction contracting management.
An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that demonstrates the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be considered.


  • Knowledge of adopted fire code and related codes
  • The ability to adapt and interpret adopted regulations, local ordinances, and other governmental agencies requirements
  • Computers and their applications associated to plan review and research


  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and citizens
  • Handle sensitive situations with tact and diplomacy
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Make complex mathematical calculations
  • Read, interpret, and understand complex construction documents
  • Explain codes
  • Strong interpersonal and analytical skills
  • Requires technical skills in reading construction documents, site plans, civil plans as well as proficiency in the use of an architect's scale and personal computer and related software 

  • Fire/Life Safety Entry Level Plans Examiner must reflect a relevant background of experience, certifications, training or hands-on experience in areas such as, but not limited to;  the fire department, fire prevention, fire alarm/sprinkler industry, or related field.
  • Fire/Life Safety Plans Examiner I (must obtain within 6 months of employment) certification as an ICC-International Fire Plans Examiner.  Employees in this classification are required to maintain certification as a condition of employment.
  • Fire/Life Safety Plans Examiner II - (must obtain within one year of employment), an approved Fire Sprinkler Certification in NFPA 13, 13R and 13D, which will allow the applicant to obtain the required State of Colorado Division of Fire Safety Fire Suppression System Inspector Certification and the Public School Fire Safety Program Certification. Employees in this classification are required to maintain certification as a condition of employment.
  •  Fire/Life Safety Plans Examiner III - (must obtain within 3 years of employment) an approved Fire Alarm Certification covering NFPA 72. Employees in this classification are required to maintain certification as a condition of employment.


Physical Demands:  
  • Primarily sedentary physical work requiring the ability to lift a maximum of 10 pounds
  • Occasional lifting and carrying of objects
  • Some walking and standing
  • Some hand/eye coordination to operate a computer terminal
  • Vision for reading and interpreting information, plans, and codes
  • Speech communication and hearing to maintain communications with employees and citizens

Work Environment:
  • Works primarily in clean, comfortable environment.

Equipment Used
  • Uses standard office equipment including a personal computer, calculator, architectural and engineering scales, fax/copy machines, multi-line telephones, and zoning and code books.
  • This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment.
For Veterans points:  Please show all of your employment history, including military service and related documentation (DD214) on the application.
The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer.  We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants.  It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.
If you need assistance in completing this application, please feel free to contact our office at:  303-739-7225 or visit us at 15151 E Alameda Pkwy., Suite 3500, Aurora, CO 80012.

Despite the changes in Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug-free workplace.  A positive test of marijuana is grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for employment with the city for one year or termination once hired.
Drug Testing, Thorough Criminal Background Check, and Employment References:
As a condition of employment, all applicants selected for employment with the City of Aurora must undergo a thorough criminal background check and drug screening. Employment references will be conducted on finalists for City of Aurora vacancies.

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