City of Sandpoint Permit Technician

SALARY: $17.60 - $24.32 Hourly
DIVISION: Infrastructure & Development Services
SERVICE GROUP: Planning & Building
OPENING DATE: 09/11/20
CLOSING DATE: Continuous

The City is looking for an experience Permit Technician to join our team! This position is responsible to provide excellent customer service and expertise in plan review and permit issuance, ensuring compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, and codes. Duties include conducting building plan review relative to permit issuance, procedures, inter/intra departmental coordination, communication, and documentation; attend meetings and provide preliminary permit review; and answer/interpret permit, code, ordinance and procedure related questions received from the general public via the internet, in-person, phone, and written correspondence. This position includes additional earning opportunities by obtaining ICC Building Inspector and ICC Fire Inspector I certifications, after which the incumbent will be assigned part-time building inspection duties, including residential, commercial, fire and life safety.


This list is ILLUSTRATIVE only and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by the incumbent of this class. Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Accepts, reviews and processes permit applications; checks for compliance with applicable local and state requirements; reviews and issues permits for construction projects; processes and issues approved commercial, residential, and fire permits.
  • Greets customers, answers telephones and reviews forms for accuracy and completeness; explains permit procedures, forms, fees and determines if documents are missing.
  • Contacts contractors and property owners and helps complete the permitting process; performs general administrative support as needed.
  • Performs site visits; ensures compliance with approved permits and applicable local and state requirements.
  • Coordinates with city and external reviewers to facilitate document permit approval.
  • Responds to public inquiries concerning development processes, codes, ordinances, and permit requirements; maintains logs for permit distribution and turnaround times; schedules and enters inspections and documents code enforcement complaints; coordinates with appropriate internal departments (code enforcement, utility billing, fire, etc.) as needed.
  • Prepares, processes and maintains various records, letters, forms, reports and files; sorts, cross-indexes and files correspondence and records.
  • Compiles and routes permit applications; inputs a variety of information into the computer system relating to permits, contractor registrations, and inspections.
  • Explains and answers questions for developers, contractors, and homeowners regarding applications process for obtaining permits, forms, inspection process and conditions of certificate of occupancy; verifies contractor credentials.
  • Observe work and/or conditions for compliance with applicable local and state regulations and approved plans.
  • Conduct code compliance follow-ups to ensure that corrective actions have been taken in cases where violations were found.
  • Write detailed reports of inspections performed, code violations observed, and corrective recommendations offered.
  • Identify corrective actions necessary to bring properties into compliance with applicable codes, laws, regulations, and standards, and explain these measures to property owners or their representative.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

For a copy of the full job description, click here.


Education and Experience:

  • High school diploma or equivalent; and
  • Five years of permit technician experience or any combination of related education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • ICC Permit Technician certification is required or a directly related certification exceeding this minimum requirement, e.g. ICC Building Plans Examiner or Building Inspector certification, etc.

The City of Sandpoint is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


1123 Lake Street
Sandpoint, ID 83864

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