PERMIT WRITING SPECIALIST
DEPARTMENT
SALARY/GRADE
FLSA
CIVIL SERVICE
BARGAINING UNIT
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BUILDING INSPECTIONS
$15.00 - $20.00 per hour (56)
NON-EXEMPT
INCLUDED
NON-BARGAINING
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES
Skilled technical position responsible for performing a variety of assignments related to building, electrical,
plumbing and HVAC permits. The work is performed under the general direction of the Building
Official/Maintenance Administrator, but considerable leeway is given for the exercise of independent judgment.
No supervisory responsibilities
EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
(Illustrative Only)
These functions are considered essential for
successful performance in this job classification.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
address file.
9.
Attends Building Inspections or other related
meetings as required by department head.
10.
Provides technical support to the public and
contractors on the telephone and in person.
11.
May
perform
office
and
counter
responsibilities of Plan Review Specialist as
needed during absences.
Works with the public and contractors to
issue permits.
12.
Answers code-related questions from
citizens and contractors as they relate to
constructing, repairing or remodeling of
buildings in the City of Waterloo.
Performs all work duties and activities in
accordance with OSHA, City and
department policies, procedures and safety
practices.
13.
Works independently and with others with
minimum supervision.
Reviews site plans for garages, decks and
small additions on residential property.
14.
Attends work regularly at the designated
place and time.
Answers minor zoning and engineering
questions.
15.
Performs all other related duties as assigned
Writes building, electrical, plumbing and
HVAC permits in accordance with City of
Waterloo established ordinances and
regulations governing the issuance of these
permits.
Keeps current records of all licenses issued
by the Building Inspections Department for
residential
contractors,
commercial
contractors, electrical, plumbing, HVAC and
sign contractors.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE & ABILITIES
1.
Considerable knowledge of standard
practices, tools and terminology of all
phases of construction trades.
2.
7.
Prepares reports pertaining to issuance of
permits.
8.
Files all plot plans and maintains organized
Knowledge of Microsoft Office software
including Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher,
Power Point and Outlook and ability to learn
specialized software used for the City of
Waterloo permit system.
3.
Ability to read blueprints, plans and
diagrams.
4.
Ability to assess problems involved in
building, plumbing, electrical and HVAC
operations.
5.
Ability to use independent judgment to
recognize and solve problems as they apply to
City building ordinances and regulations.
6.
Decision making ability in reference to code
enforcement.
7.
Ability to obtain certification as a permit
technician within six-month probation.
8.
Ability to obtain certification as a plans
examiner within twelve months of hire date.
9.
Ability to answer questions and provide
information to the public and contractors in
person and over the telephone in a clear,
concise and easily understandable manner.
10.
Ability to exercise independent judgment
and make decisions based on department
policies and City ordinances and regulations.
11.
Ability to work with people from a broad
variety of social, economic, racial, ethnic,
cultural and educational backgrounds.
12.
Ability to maintain effective working
relationships with coworkers, supervisors,
contractors and the public.
ACCEPTABLE EXPERIENCE & TRAINING
1.
Bachelor’s
Degree
in
construction
technology or closely related field with
minimum three years experience in the
construction trades
OR
Associate’s
Degree
in
construction
technology or closely related field with
minimum five years experience in the
construction trades
OR
High school diploma/G.E.D. with minimum
ten years experience in the construction
trades
OR
Any equivalent combination of education and
experience that provides the knowledge,
skills and abilities necessary to perform the
work.
2.
Must obtain certification as a permit
technician and plans examiner within
specified time frame.
3.
If operating a City vehicle, Iowa Driver's
License and good driving record based on
the City of Waterloo insurability criteria.
Four or more moving violations within the
previous three years, three or more moving
violations within the previous one-year, or
conviction or loss of license for DUI,
reckless driving or other major moving
violation within the previous five years will
automatically eliminate a candidate from
operating a City vehicle. Conviction or loss
of license for DUI, reckless driving or other
major moving violation after employment
will result in revocation of employee driving
privileges with a City vehicle. Four or more
citations for moving violations within a
three year period or three or more citations
for moving violations within a one year
period will be reviewed on a case-by-case
basis and may result in revocation of
employee driving privileges with a City
vehicle depending on insurability. Two or
more at-fault accidents within a three-year
period while driving a City vehicle may
result in revocation of employee driving
privileges with a City vehicle depending on
insurability.
4.
Computer keyboarding and experience with
Microsoft Office software
ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL ABILITIES
The following physical abilities are required with or
without accommodation.
1.
Sufficient speech and hearing that permits
the employee to communicate effectively
with coworkers, contractors and members of
the public on the telephone and in person.
2.
Sufficient vision to read blueprints, plans
and diagrams.
3.
Sufficient personal mobility that permits the
employee to move around the office to
perform technical and administrative duties.
4.
Sufficient manual dexterity that permits the
employee to operate a personal computer
and handle files, blueprints and diagrams.
MISCELLANEOUS
1.
Following
a
conditional
offer
of
employment, the City of Waterloo reserves
the right to require a physical examination,
including a drug test, by a physician of the
City's choice to determine if an applicant is
capable of performing the essential functions
of the position.
2.
The City of Waterloo will conduct a
background
investigation
including
employment, certification and education
checks on any applicant being considered for
this position.
3.
Must submit to Civil Service examination
procedures including a panel interview.
WORK SCHEDULE
Work schedule will generally be 8:00 a.m. – 5:00
p.m. Monday through Friday with one-hour unpaid
lunch. Limited overtime.
PERMIT WRITING SPECIALIST DESCRIPTION 05 May 2005
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