Architect - Community Planning and Development

City and County of Denver

Denver, CO, USA

Full time

$90-110k (annually)

Jan 11

About Our Job

Employment Requirement: City employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All persons offered a position will be required to provide valid proof of vaccination prior to starting employment. Refer to the COVID-19 Employee Vaccination Mandate Candidate Q&A for additional information.

The City and County of Denver’s Community Planning and Development Department (CPD) is seeking a highly motivated and organized Architect with plan review and zoning experience to join our Residential Plan Review Team in the Development Services Division.

Development Services staff helps to make the city's vision a reality.  This is where building projects are reviewed, green-lighted, and inspected. It's also the home for neighborhood inspections, ensuring quality-of-life standards for Denver's communities. Through each of these critical roles, Development Services helps to implement the city's vision for an outstanding Denver.

BUILDING COMMUNITY: Denver Community Planning and Development is responsible for visionary city planning and ensuring safe, responsible, and sustainable building. CPD regulates planning, zoning, development, and maintenance of private property in Denver. We're working hard to make Denver a great place to live, work and play! Visit www.Denvergov.org/CPD.  

The Architect is responsible for performing building and zoning code plan review for one and two-family residential units, responding to code and process questions, assisting customers at the permit counter, and serving as a technical lead.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Reviews building and zoning permit applications for the construction of one and two-family residential buildings and associated accessory structures
  • Conducts zoning and building records research to verify zone lots, and existing permitted uses and structures
  • Reviews, examines, and interprets a wide range of construction documents and permit application materials for compliance with applicable codes, policies, and standards which include The Denver Building and Fire Code, Denver Green Code, International Residential Code, International Existing Building Code, International Energy Conservation Code, The Denver Zoning Code, and Former Chapter 59 (the “old” Zoning Code)
  • Generates plan review notices (comment letters) that clearly outlines deficiencies in the permit application submittal and the corrections that are required to demonstrate compliance.  Comments should reference an applicable code and code section
  • Updates the permitting system, Accela, according to department procedures and policies, including but not limited to creating and filling out permits, relating records, updating workflow, and invoicing fees
  • Assists one- and two-family customers with inquiries at the residential permit counter, via pre-application meetings, and via the general residential phone number and email.  This involves advising contractors, architects, engineers, builders, homeowners, and the public on the permitting process and code requirements
  • Interprets and explains a wide range of code requirements, permit application procedures, policies, and standards to the public, professional design consultants, project managers, contractors, city managers, and elected officials
  • Serves as a building code and/or zoning code technical team lead.  Assists plan reviewers and inspectors with difficult or unusual code compliance issues.  Develops training materials for internal and external use
  • Participates in building code and/or zoning code regulatory projects.  Prepares, reviews, and comments on proposed building and zoning code text amendments.  Participates in advisory meetings, stakeholder meetings, and committee hearings
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

About You

Our ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • Bilingual, Spanish-speaking preferred
  • Experience reviewing, preparing, and examining construction documents for conformance with either building code or zoning code regulations, with preferred focus on site building and zoning code
  • Proficient with using Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, Bluebeam, and Adobe Acrobat
  • Experience using electronic permitting systems and programs, such as Accela
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively – verbally and in writing
  • Efficiently demonstrates excellent time/work management skills
  • Problem solver that can envision various outcomes and plan accordingly to mitigate risky outcomes
  • Strong attention to detail and highly organized

We realize your time is valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications:

  • Education: Bachelor's Degree in Architecture
  • Experience: Two (2) years of professional architecture experience
  • Education/Experience Equivalency: One (1) year of the appropriate type and level of experience may be substituted for each required year of post-high school education. Additional appropriate education may be substituted for experience requirements
  • License/Certifications: Registration as an Architect by the Colorado State Board of Registration at the time of application. Registration as an Architect by another state will be accepted in lieu of this requirement provided that the applicant has Colorado registration by the end of the probationary period
  • Licenses and certifications must be kept current as a condition of employment


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