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Permits Clerk

  • Type:Full Time
  • Salary/Pay Rate: $14 to$16 per hour
  • Posted Date:03/04/2019



Under general supervision, this position performs work in the Permits department for the City. The Permits Clerk at the director of the Permits Director is responsible for the issuance of a
variety of building permits pursuant to City regulations, zoning requirements, and building codes. Performs general clerical tasks and uses the computer to enter data and maintain information and performs related work as required.


Reports to the Permits Director


Exercises autonomy and sound judgement over budgeting and other administration duties as assigned. 


Duties may include but are not limited to the following tasks:
Reviews and processes building permit applications and associated documents to ensure all relevant plans, forms and information accompany the application. Checks building permit application information for compliance with Local, and State, Federal regulations. Reads and interprets less complex blueprints and building plans for compliance to codes. Approves less complex building permit applications for issuance, and issues a variety of building permits. Calculates, collects, records appropriate fees, and accounts for permit fee monies. Assembles and routes blueprints and associated information to various City departments and agencies for plan review processing and permit issuance.
Enters appropriate information into logs and maintains logs and records of permits issued; maintains and  compiles record  files, forms and  reports concerning building inspection and plan review activities. Processes applications for contractor business licenses. Types and prepares a variety of forms, reports, letters, permits and statements from routine  draft, dictation, or general instructions;  and composes and  prepares routine correspondence.  Provides information to the public on a variety of matters related to construction permits, zoning and building regulations. Receives and processes telephone calls; Establishes and maintains positive  working relationships with co­workers, other City employees, and a culturally diverse  general public with a focus on quality customer service and problem ­solving in a non­-confrontational manner. 


  • Represent the City at various conferences and meetings.
  • Serves as a back-up to the Permits Director.
  • Executes City ordinances relating to permitting services.
  • Composes, types, and edits a variety of correspondence, reports, memoranda, and other material requiring judgment as to content, accuracy, and completeness.


Education and Experience:
  1. High School Diploma
  2. Or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.


Receives Limited Direction: The employee normally performs the duty assignment according to his or her own judgment, requesting supervisory assistance only when necessary. Special projects are managed with little oversight and assignments may be reviewed upon completion. Performance reviewed periodically.
Basic knowledge and understanding of reading construction blueprints
Basic knowledge of construction terms and practices
Ability to read and interpret simple maps and plans.
Understand basic building plans, building codes, construction practices and materials.
Interpret and effectively communicate general procedures required for building permit applications.
Interpret and effectively communicate general building permit application procedures and fee structures.
Interpret and effectively communicate general codes and ordinances affecting building and construction.


Must hold and maintain a valid Texas State Driver’s license or obtain one within six months of hire.


Personal computer, including word processor, spreadsheets, project management software, 10-key calculator, phone, copy machine, fax machine, etc.


The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Perform tasks in an office requiring sitting at a desk for long periods and involving; infrequent body twisting and movement to reach office equipment around the desk; simple grasping and fine manipulation, the use of a  telephone and standard office equipment including a computer. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand, talk, hear and manipulate objects. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.


The work environment characteristics described herein are representative of those and employee typically encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 
Work is generally performed inside office buildings. The noise level in the work environment is typically quiet. 



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