Permit Specialist

Posted: 06/12/2019

Date Posted: June 12, 2019
Department: Building Inspections
Compensation: 27,518
Hours: Full-time
Deadline: July 3, 2019

Position Objectives
Performs specialized administrative and technical work in support of the building permit process and building inspections function for the County.
The employee provides information to developers, contractors and homeowners regarding the building permit process, receives building permit applications, initiates and coordinates the review and approval process for permits, tracks construction projects and applications, calculates and accepts applicable fees associated with permitting, assigns permit numbers, issues approved permits and certificates of occupancy, and schedules inspections.
Work also includes greeting the public, explaining processes and requirements, establishing electronic and hard copy records, scanning and filing documents, processing invoices and other administrative duties.
Essential Duties and Tasks
Answers questions and provides information on inspections and permitting process requirements
Answers telephone and greets visitors.
Provides assistance to the public for obtaining electrical, mechanical, plumbing, building and fire prevention permits;
Accepts permits and reviews applications and plans for completeness; forwards documents needing further review to appropriate staff.
Schedules building inspections and re-inspections for the next day as requested; coordinates inspection times and changes; tracks and assigns reviews.
Issues building permits and Certificates of Occupancy upon approval
Calculates and collects applicable fees for residential and commercial permit applications; provides receipts and compiles transaction reports; prepares daily bank deposit
Establishes and maintains project files and records of permits issued; pulls and retrieves filed materials as needed.
Performs a variety of administrative support for the department
Performs related duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Considerable knowledge of the building permitting process and requirements for various kinds of construction.
Considerable knowledge of modern office practices and procedures including office automation equipment and software for database management, word processing and spreadsheets.
Working knowledge of building codes and related land use ordinances applicable to residential and commercial construction.
Ability to create and maintain accurate detailed records and files and to gather and compile data from a variety of sources to produce required and requested reports.
Ability to plan and organize administrative support activities and tasks.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, department staff, builders, developers and the general public.
Physical Requirements
Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational support functions of stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions.
Must be able to perform light work exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.
Must possess the visual acuity to compile and compute data and statistics, perform basic accounting tasks, operate a computer, perform visual inspections, proofread materials and do extensive reading.
Desirable Education and Experience
Graduation from high school and considerable experience in administrative support work OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Notary certification OR willingness to acquire through department training.
Level Building Inspections desirable.
APPLICANTS WILL BE GIVEN CREDIT ONLY FOR INFORMATION PROVIDED IN RESPONSE TO THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. No additional information will be solicited by the McDowell County; therefore, persons who submit incomplete applications may not receive full credit for their education, training and experience.
McDowell County is an equal opportunity employer.  It is the policy of the County to recruit, hire, train and promote individuals without regard to age, sex, race, color, religion, political affiliation or national origin. The County will interactively work with disabled applicants and employees to identify reasonable accommodations that will allow the individual to perform essential job functions. 
McDowell County participates in E-Verify.
Applications are available:
· on our website: under “Employment Opportunities
· McDowell County Administration Building:   60 East Court St Marion, NC 28752
· in person at the Administration Annex building: 100 Spaulding Rd, Suite #1 Marion, NC 28752
· Employment Security Commission:   316 Baldwin Ave Marion, NC 28752
Applications can be submitted:
· in the locked box at the County Administration building: 60 East Court Street Marion, NC 28752
· in person at the Administration Annex building: 100 Spaulding Rd, Suite #1 Marion, NC 28752
· or by Mail to: McDowell County Human Resources 60 East Court Street Marion, NC 28752
· or by email to:

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