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Building Code Examiner

Posted on: June 5th, 2017

Job Description

Ensuring safe construction practices through effective plan examinations, site inspections and technical advice is at the heart of this key role with the City of Toronto.

Five opportunities – both permanent, full-time and temporary, full-time (12 months) – are available with the Toronto Building Division for proactive problem-solvers combining a construction industry or building design background with building plans examiner or comparable experience. As a Building Code Examiner, you will examine, correct, sign and approve architectural, electrical, mechanical and structural plans and specifications for compliance with the Ontario Building Code (OBC), related by-laws and regulations, and applicable policies and standards. Your oral and written communication skills will come in handy as you advise applicants and City staff, respond to inquiries from a multitude of stakeholders, provide evidence in court, and generally work to resolve issues and make compliance happen.


Your primary responsibilities as a Building Code Examiner will be varied, but you will be expected to:

  • Examine, correct, sign and approve architectural, electrical, mechanical and structural plans and specifications for compliance with the Building Code and related by-laws and regulations, within the timelines specified in the legislation, verify that materials and methods of construction meet approved standards and construction practices, and prepare notices indicating deviations or non-compliance with City by-laws and other applicable regulations.
  • Calculate construction costs, building permit fees, quantity take-off, other fees and charges related to building permit application and issuance.
  • Respond to enquiries from the general public, contractors, designers, architects, engineers, City Councillors, and other stakeholders, regarding interpretations of by-laws, regulations and City/divisional policies and procedures, conduct meetings with the interested parties regarding the above, resolve conflicts and offer possible solutions to ensure compliance.
  • Conduct plan examinations manually or electronically, advise applicants of required changes and inform them of divisional and City policies and procedures.
  • Advise applicants and City employees regarding policies, procedures, and building permit application requirements.
  • Perform site inspections to resolve construction problems and provide technical advice to the Building Inspector.
  • Determine which other divisions or agencies are involved in approving applications, forward plans and ensure comments or approvals are obtained prior to issuing permit.
  • Coordinate required phasing of building permits for projects and the collection of related approvals from divisions and external agencies.
  • Prepare examiners’ notices, document examination details, and input and update divisional database.
  • Appear and give evidence in court on Building Code and other building regulatory matters and give presentations at the Building Code Commission in matters of disputes over Building Code interpretation.
  • Liaise with other divisions, agencies and levels of government.
  • Represent the Division at various committees and meetings.
  • Train and mentor staff.
  • Examine plans for Building Services approval for OBC Part 9 Buildings regarding fire service equipment.



Your application for the role of Building Code Examiner must describe your qualifications as they relate to:

  1. Experience as a building plans examiner, or in a similar occupation.
  2. Extensive construction industry or building design experience.
  3. Post-secondary degree or diploma in a discipline pertinent to the job function such as architectural technology, building science or civil engineering technology, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  4. Holding, or being in the process of obtaining, all courses necessary in the following categories per the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs: Legal, Small (which includes House), Complex (which includes Large) and Structural.

You must also have:

  • Knowledge of the Ontario Building Code.
  • Knowledge and understanding of all aspects of building construction and related legislation.
  • Knowledge of, and ability to apply, the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations relevant to workplace safety.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills.
  • Proactive problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively at all levels of the organization and within a team environment.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Good knowledge of, and experience with, computer application such as Amanda, MS Office, CADD, and other engineering or architectural software.
  • Ability to support the Toronto Public Service values to ensure a culture that champions equity, diversity and respectful workplaces.


  • Membership in Professional Engineers Ontario, the Ontario Association of Engineering Technicians and Technologists, the Ontario Association of Architects, or another recognized professional building design association.
  • A CBCO certification from the OBOA.


Wage Range: $39.65 – $43.44 per hour

Work for the City you love

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture, and is consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities. Join the award-winning Toronto Public Service as a Building Code Examiner within our Toronto Building Division.

How to Apply:

For more information on these and other opportunities with the City of Toronto, visit us online at To apply online, submit your resume, quoting File #2274587 X, by June 19, 2017.

Please note that all applicants are encouraged to provide a valid email address for communication purposes. Applicants may receive written correspondence regarding this job posting directly to the email address provided on their resume or to the one used to set up their Candidate Profile if applying on TalentFlow. As an applicant, it is your responsibility to ensure that you check your email regularly.

The City of Toronto is committed to fostering a positive and progressive workforce that is representative of the citizens we serve. We will provide equitable treatment and accommodation to ensure barrier-free employment. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the City of Toronto’s Accommodation Policy, a request for accommodation will be accepted as part of the City’s hiring process.

If you are invited to participate in an assessment process, kindly provide your accommodation needs in advance. Please be advised that you may be requested to provide medical/other documentation to Human Resources to ensure that appropriate accommodation is provided to you throughout the hiring process.

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