BUILDING PERMIT TECHNICIAN
Salary Range GC17
classification performs duties to coordinate the building permit
application process between the public and county departments.
Technician will provide information to the public related to
department procedures; review construction plans and
specifications for compliance to appropriate state and local
building and planning codes and ordinances; issue building
permits; receive and answer public questions; perform inspection
duties when necessary.
(Duties assigned to
this classification include, but are not limited to, the following
Receive questions and provide information regarding permits,
specialty codes and compliance procedures to architects,
engineers, builders and the public.
Coordinate permit application process between the public and
county and other agencies as necessary. Determine value of
structure and necessary permits; compute fees; issue permits.
Examine and evaluate building plans and specifications for
structural, mechanical, plumbing, fire/life safety and zoning
code compliance; approve or disapprove plans; explain
appropriate state specialty codes, ORS, OAR, city and county
ordinances. Document examination.
Maintain recordkeeping utilizing automated permit application
needed, may inspect and evaluate structures while being
constructed, remodeled repaired (in areas of structural,
mechanical); approve or disapprove work; write correction
notices; enforce appropriate state specialty codes, ORS, OAR,
city and county ordinances; work with builders to assure
construction, remodeling, or repair is in compliance with
approved plans and state building, mechanical, grading, and
plumbing codes. Document inspections.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED BY THIS POSITION
Considerable knowledge of Oregon Revised Statutes, Oregon
Administrative Rules, Oregon specialty codes, city and county
ordinances that govern building permit process; considerable
knowledge of permitting process; considerable knowledge of
coordination between appropriate departments and agencies for
permit purposes; considerable knowledge of structural engineering
design to determine structural soundness of plans and
specifications; considerable knowledge of building construction,
mechanical, and plumbing principles, practices, and procedures as
applied to construction.
Read and interpret blue prints, plans, and specifications; conduct
plans reviews, use automated permit application tracking systems
Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; establish
and maintain records and reports; perform mathematical
computations related to permit fees; make decisions independently
in accordance with established rules, regulations and codes and
use initiative and judgment in carrying out tasks and
responsibilities; utilize problem identification and resolution
techniques; remain calm and use good judgment during
confrontational or high pressure situations; efficiently manage
time; conduct inspections, document findings, determine correction
actions, and implement compliance according to appropriate
specialty codes; courteously meet and deal effectively with other
employees, builders, architects, engineers, city officials
contractors and the public.
experience and training:
Four years code or zoning administration, plan review or building
inspection, architectural or engineering experience/training OR an
Associate’s degree plus two years experience work related
experience OR any combination of education, experience or
training. At time of appointment, must possess valid Oregon
experience in public entity related to building inspection
services, plans review and permit processing.
CONTROLS OF THIS POSITION
classification works under the general direction of the building
inspection supervisor. Recurring routine assignments are
independently performed by employee on basis of past experience.
The employee receives general instructions regarding the scope and
approach to projects or assignments, but procedures and problem
resolution are left to employee discretion and interpretation.
Employee estimates and manages time efficiently. Work is reviewed
periodically to ensure determinations and decisions made are in
compliance to department policy and procedures.
performed within established departmental policy and procedures,
state statute, Oregon Uniform Building codes, city and county
ordinances, zoning codes and regulations, building inspection and
engineering reference material, and data processing manuals.
Employee uses considerable judgment in choosing and enforcing
DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
and consistent attendance is required. Work is primarily
performed in an office environment and infrequently in the field;
may require bending, hearing voice conversations, keyboarding,
kneeling, lifting up to 15 pounds, reaching, standing for long
time periods and walking in structures under construction and on
uneven ground. Field work is performed in a an environment which
involves everyday risks and discomforts and sometime adverse
weather conditions requiring safety precautions. An infrequent
amount of driving is required.