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Building Permit Technician

Salary: Building Permit Technician I (#1357)

$16.15-$19.71 hourly / $2,808-$3,428 monthly / Range: 4910

Building Permit Technician II (#1358)

$18.64-$22.76 hourly / $3,242-$3,958 monthly / Range: 5198

DEFINITION: Under direct (I level) or general (II level) supervision, assists the public at the service counter, provides technical office support duties related to the processing and issuance of building permits, and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Building Permit Technician I is the entry-level class in the series. Incumbents receive close supervision and training and are expected to obtain sufficient knowledge and proficiency to progress to the journey-level within a reasonable length of time. Building Permit Technician II is distinguished by incumbents' knowledge of internal and external public agency permitting requirements, and responsibility for assignments that have greater complexity, and require greater independent judgment.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

1. Reviews plans, engineering and permit documents, and other pertinent information at the public counter in order to verify accuracy and completeness of information: determines permit, plan, and process requirements for prospective applicants; reviews building plans and permit applications for completeness and compliance with established codes, ordinances, policies, and procedures; processes permit applications and plan intake; determines processing needs for projects; uses architectural and engineering scales to determine dimensions and calculate areas and percentages.
2. Assists building inspectors by performing code and records research and compiling data.
3. Provides information to members of the public/permit applicants regarding building permit requirements, inspection, and general requirements of the permit process; obtains general information from customers regarding permitting needs; assists the public in completing building permit applications; responds to telephone inquiries regarding permits, permit processes, building codes, and other related ordinances and local laws.
4. Processes and issues building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, grading, and other related permits. Calculates fees based on established fee schedules, and monitors approval of plans by other regulatory agencies.
5. Maintains computer files and other manual logs on all building permits and related documents.
6. May balance daily permit receipts and prepare appropriate daily reports for submittal to departmental accounting section.

Building Permit Technician II: In addition to the duties listed above:

1. Interviews and obtains information from customers in order to determine their needs; obtains technical and code information from customers regarding permitting needs; informs customers of special requirements and special problem areas such as high fire hazard areas, flood zones, and earthquake zones in order to expedite the permit process.
2. Performs records research in order to document project history compliance; coordinates permit processes with outside agencies to ensure that all permit requirements are being met.
3. Processes appeals and suspension or revocation of approvals, decisions and/or permits.
4. Assists Building Engineering Inspectors in reviewing simple residential projects and plans to ensure that code requirements are met.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS:

Building Permit Technician I:

1. One year of experience reading and interpreting construction plans and building codes; or,
2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Knowledge of: construction plans, construction terminology, construction practices, and basic math.

Ability to: review, interpret, and explain written documents, use a computer and related software applications, communicate effectively in both written and oral formats, learn effective interviewing techniques, learn Uniform Building Codes, learn Santa Barbara County and other local agency permit processing regulations and procedures, learn architectural and engineering scales, represent the department with tact, and interact effectively with others.

Building Permit Technician II:

1. Two years of experience reading and interpreting construction plans and building codes, which included one year in a public permitting agency working with other agencies, using architectural and engineering scales, interviewing customers to obtain information, and completion of approved Building Code coursework, or equivalent certification; or,
2. one year of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Building Permit Technician I with Santa Barbara County which included working with other agencies, using architectural and engineering scales, interviewing customers to obtain information, and completion of approved Building Code coursework, or equivalent certification; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Knowledge of: construction plans, Uniform Building Codes, construction terminology, construction practices, Santa Barbara County and other local agency permit processing regulations and procedures, effective interviewing techniques, computer operations, architectural and engineering scales, and basic math.

Ability to: Review, interpret, and explain written documents, use a computer and related software applications, communicate effectively in both written and oral formats, represent the department with tact, and interact effectively with others.
 



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