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Posted: 04/25/2014

Vieux Carre Commission

The Vieux Carré Commission (VCC) protects, preserves, and maintains the distinct architectural, historic character, and zoning integrity of the Vieux Carré, the so-called French Quarter, as mandated by the Louisiana State Constitution, the City Charter, the City Code and the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance. This includes: - regulating all repairs, alterations and construction that affect the exterior (whether visible from the street or not) of any building situated on private property in the French Quarter - charging owners with violations of the City’s regulations to seek the correction of such infractions. The VCC oversees the area bounded by Iberville St., N. Rampart St., Esplanade Ave., and the Mississippi River.

Building Plan Examiner/Preservationist
Professional Opportunity
New Orleans, LA

Job Description:

Reviews applications to restore, rehabilitate, or alter structures within the Vieux Carré historic district.  Responsible for the examination and review of plans and specifications of buildings and structures for compliance with the provisions of the building code and related ordinances and appropriateness to the historic nature of the building. Consults with owners, architects, and contractors, conducts site visits, prepares assessment reports, makes presentations to the Architecture Committee and Commission at public hearings, and issues permits for appropriate changes.  


Minimum Qualification Requirements:

1.       Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelors Degree in Architecture of a Masters Degree in Historic Preservation. It is desirable, but not necessary, that the applicant be a licensed architect. To receive credit as a licensed architect, the license must be presented at the time of application.


2.      One (1) year of experience in preservation architecture, or educational specialization in preservation architecture (at least nine (9) semester hours in preservation coursework). Official college transcript must be presented at the time of application.

Note: if appointed, employee must be certified by the International Code Council (ICC) as a Building Plan Examiner during the probationary period. No probationary period may last longer than one year. If employees are not certified by ICC during their probationary period, they must wait one year from the end of their probationary period or receive certification from ICC to be considered for rehire.


The City of New Orleans is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basics of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, creed, culture, or ancestry. Requests for alternate format or accommodations should be directed to Amy Trepagnier at (504) 658-3516 or TTY/Voice (504)586-4475 or (504) 658-4020.

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How to apply
New Orleans Area Applicants If you are in the New Orleans area, you must come in person to the Civil Service office to turn in your application and supporting documents (cover letter and résumé). Applications are accepted Monday-Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. The Civil Service Department creates eligible lists of applicants from which city agencies make hires. The Civil Service Department does not make the hiring decisions. Application Office Civil Service Department 1340 Poydras Street, Suite 900 New Orleans, LA 70112 (504) 658-3500 Out of Area Applicants If you are outside of the New Orleans area and are unable to apply in person, you can mail the required documents to the address above or fax them to (504) 658-3598 Once you have selected a job you are interested in: -Fill out the Application for Examination form. You may only apply for one job per application. Put the official job title on the application. -Fill out the personal history form. -You may also need to submit any educational or licensing documents if listed on the job announcement. -Only apply for positions which are posted. -For positions requiring tests, you will be notified by mail of the scheduled testing dates. For the application and further details, please refer to the City of New Orleans Civil Service webpage.
Sarah Ripple
Phone: 504.658.1429
1300 Perdido Street
Seventh Floor
New Orleans, LA 70112

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