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Planning / Engineering Permit Technician

  2020-03-18     City of Arroyo Grande     300 E. Branch St.     $4,157.74 - $5,053.76 month  

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 11:00 pm;  Submit application online at


To perform a variety of highly responsible analytical, technical and administrative duties within the Engineering and Planning Divisions of the Community Development Department; accept, process and review permit applications to determine completeness of necessary documents and general compliance with codes, conditions of approval and other local, State and Federal requirements.


This class is distinguished by requiring the use of advanced administrative and basic technical skills relative to the Community Development Department; regularly interacting with and providing Community Development Department requirements, developing application information and fee estimates to the public, architects, developers, contractors and engineers. Work is characterized by extensive use of permit tracking software system in order to calculate fees, track and issue permits, and archive plans.


Receives general direction from the Division Manager for the division assigned:

Engineering – City Engineer

Planning – Director of Community Development


The following tasks are typical for positions in this classification. Any single position may not perform all of these tasks and/or may perform similar related tasks not listed here:

Essential Functions:

  1. Staff the public counter for the Community Development Department, assist developers, contractors and the general public; answer questions and provide information; respond to telephone inquiries; accept engineering and planning permit applications for processing; review plans, engineering and permit documents to verify accuracy and completeness of information; approve permits of a minor nature.
  2. Interpret and explain to the public the Department’s policies and procedures, as well as City engineering and planning related regulations, construction codes and the City development code and standards.
  3. Check plans of a minor nature for compliance with applicable State and City policies and standards, including but not limited to the California Building Codes; City Ordinances, Standards and Development Codes; State energy requirements and handicapped accessibility standards.
  4. Calculate engineering and planning and other related fees based on established fee schedules; perform first level review of incoming construction documents for completeness; use architectural and engineering scales to calculate building dimensions and areas; determine setbacks and fire sprinkler and alarm requirements.
  5. Schedule and record daily field inspections.
  6. Monitor approval of plans by all City departments and other regulatory agencies; coordinate payment of fees and issue permits.
  7. Provide field inspections for purposes of business license approvals.
  8. Compile and report building statistics and construction activity for City, County and State agencies as well as the construction industry.
  9. Coordinate final inspections, utility clearances and certificate of occupancy releases.
  10. Maintain Community Development permit computer program, input data, and update City Standards, building codes and fee schedules.
  11. Provide administrative support for other Community Development and Administrative Services Department staff.
  12. Respond to public inquiries in a courteous manner; provide information within the area of assignment; resolve complaints in an efficient and timely manner.
  13. Act as Secretary for boards, commissions and committee meetings as required.
  14. Respond and perform assigned duties in the event of a City declared emergency.
  15. Attend training classes and meetings as required.

Marginal Functions:

  1. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.


Knowledge of:

  • Engineering and Planning Division policies and procedures.
  • Model building codes and construction classification types.
  • General construction practices, methods and terminology.
  • Mathematical skills to calculate fees, area and linear dimensions.
  • Modern office procedures, methods and equipment including computers and supporting applications.
  • Principles and procedures of record keeping.
  • Pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations.

Ability to:

  • Read and understand construction documents.
  • Use architectural and engineering scales.
  • Perform field inspections.
  • Research, collect and analyze data.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports.
  • Operate equipment including computers, copiers, calculators and supporting applications.
  • Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including the general public.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Follow written and verbal direction.
  • Respond to requests and inquiries from the general public.
  • Work independently in the absence of supervision and as part of a team.
  • Maintain effective audio-visual discrimination and perception needed for making observations, communicating with others, reading, writing and operation of assigned equipment.
  • Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities.


Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Three years administrative and/or technical support experience, at least one year of which includes specialized engineering, planning or construction support responsibilities, processing engineering or planning plans and applications for engineering or planning permits. Two years of increasingly responsible experience in a public agency or customer service environment.


Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by college level course work and/or specialized training in engineering or planning industry practices or a related field.

License or Certificate:

Possession of a valid California driver’s license will be required at the time of appointment and must be maintained throughout employment.


Environmental Conditions:

Office and field environment; travel from site to site; exposure to computer screens; extensive contact with the general public in a customer service environment; occasional exposure to noise, dust and inclement weather conditions.

Physical Conditions:

Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer. Visual acuity to read written materials, a computer screen, and planning or engineering plans and operate motorized equipment and vehicles; hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone; finger dexterity to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard and to operate standard office equipment. Must possess the ability to sit, stand or walk for extended periods of time, occasionally walk on slippery or uneven surfaces or slopes, bend, stoop, kneel, reach, as well as lift, carry, push, pull materials and objects up to 25 pounds.


In order to assure maximum objectivity in making the selection, the following selection procedure will be followed:

  1. All applications will be reviewed/screened to select qualified applicants.
  2. An oral examination will be administered to the qualified applicants.
  3. The Director of Community Development will recommend the top candidate for the position to the City Manager. The City Manager’s choice for the position will be final. At the City Manager’s discretion, all candidates may be rejected.


Submit application online at

The provisions of this announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract and any provision in this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice.


Do not contact this company in solicitation of any product or service.

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