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City of Reno, NV Development Permit Technician in Reno, Nevada

Development Permit Technician


Class Title

Development Permit Technician

Class Code



$43,727.50 - $61,503.76 Annually

  • Definition

  • Benefits

Classification Description Summary

Under general supervision, reviews building permit applications for completeness and compliance with established guidelines; provides assistance and answers questions from the general public regarding building permits; performs a variety of clerical tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.

Essential Functions

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Review building permit applications for completeness and adherence to established guidelines and building plans; ensure conformity with applicable building and land use codes.

Accept plans and related documents; review plans for conformity with ordinances and regulations to determine whether plans contain sufficient data to either issue a permit or accept for plan review; check plans for setbacks, zoning and building requirements; enter data into computer and set fees; sign off on projects as necessary and issue permits.

Verify completeness of permits and overall project status relative to all City departments; issue Certificates of Occupancy.

Receive, review, approve and process small scale projects including fences, sheds, decks and small additions; issue permits.

Route plans to planning staff or other staff for further review and analysis; receive plan revisions and attach to original plans; respond to questions regarding status of plans.

Provide architects, contractors and property owners with appropriate codes and building requirements; verify contractors have valid licenses to obtain permit.

Calculate and collect fees, fines and other charges for permit applications and plan checking activities in accordance with established guidelines.

Assist in the retrieval of information regarding various planning and public works projects; maintain accurate records and reports of plan checking operations.

Coordinate address assignment to structures and subdivisions under construction when permits are requested; coordinate addressing with developers, other City departments, and outside agencies.

Respond to questions and inquiries from the general public, contractors, developers, architects and various other agencies regarding building permits; log and process complaints.

Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

Methods and techniques of building permit review and processing.

Other City departments involved in the building permit review process.

Basic principles and practices of urban planning.

Principles and practices of effective customer service.

Principles and procedures of record keeping.

Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations.

Ability to:

Review building permit applications for completeness and adherence to established guidelines.

Receive, review, approve and process small scale projects.

Respond to requests and inquiries from the general public.

Provide effective and efficient customer service.

Maintain accurate and complete records and files.

Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.

Work in a team based environment to achieve common goals.

Coordinate multiple projects and complex tasks simultaneously.

Meet the physical requirements to safely and effectively perform the assigned duties.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.


Two years of responsible clerical experience involving front counter public contact, including one year of experience in processing regulatory applications, building permits, plan review, inspections, or similar work.

License or Certificate:

Possession of an ICC Permit Technician Certificate within one year of employment.

Supplemental Information


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting with extensive public contact.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Other Requirements

Local 39 Non-Supervisory


Last Update: 08/2019

JD 11/2018


No state income tax.

Nevada PERS retirement plan. Vesting in 5 years.

No social security participation (1.45 % Medicare deduction required).

City paid medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage for employee. City pays a substantial amount towards dependent coverage.

City paid long term disability insurance and life insurance.

Twelve paid holidays.

Deferred compensation plans 457 and 401(a) available.

Vacation leave accrued at 4 hours per bi-weekly pay period.

Sick leave accrued at 4 hours per bi-weekly pay period.

Credit Union available.


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