Permit Technician

  • County of Colusa
  • Colusa, California
  • Sep 12, 2019
Full Time Building and Safety Clerical and Administrative Support Community and Economic Development Environmental Services Planning and Development
  • Salary: 3,230 Monthly
  • Salary Top: 4,140
  • Negotiable/DOQ: Yes
  • Apply By: Sep 24, 2019



Under general supervision provide responsible and technical front counter and office support, answering questions related to permits for building, environmental health and/or planning activities; provide advice and assistance to applicants; receive and review permit applications, calculate and determine fees, issue permits and perform related work as assigned.

The individuals in this class are expected to be cross-trained between building, environmental health and planning functions; although specialization in one or more functions will occur.

Job Description


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:

  •  One year of increasingly responsible administrative or technical experience in building trades, construction, planning, environmental health, or public works; and two years responsible clerical experience involving public contact.


  • Two years of private sector experience working for architects, builders, developers, or contractors processing construction or development permits through public agencies.


  • Two years of college course work in planning building, environmental health or related field.


  • Experience with bookkeeping/accounting clerical desired and experience in a public agency.

Job Requirements


Important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Process a variety of permit applications, verify parcel ownership, check for violations, create, maintain and update permit application logs and prepare and monitor tracking reports.

Determine, collect and receipt application payments from the public or from other county departments and process payments through the County Auditor.

Prepare and make recommendations on alternative techniques for approaching permit processing issues and problems.

Screen office and telephone calls; receive and respond to inquiries, complaints and requests from the general public, engineers, contractors, other county staff, and other agencies regarding information on applications, regulations, procedures, systems, and projects.

Conduct the initial application screening for completeness, verify accuracy of application information and resolve discrepancies, and provide applicant assistance in the submittal of applications and the processing of permits.

Schedule and coordinate inspections with the assigned inspector and track inspection activities.

Establish files, enter application data into computer and manual filing systems, and maintain accurate and detailed records associated with all applications and code compliance complaints.

Maintain, review and balance accounts receivable and payable; prepare income statements and balance sheets, review documents for accuracy and completeness and prepare reports as requested.

Assist in the compilation of statistical and financial data for use in department audits and input financial and statistical data to the county’s computer systems.

Participate in the maintenance of the fixed asset accounting system; perform physical inventory of county assets and prepare associated records and documentation.

Reconcile a wide variety of accounting records; prepare journal entries and post appropriate ledgers and accounts.

Prepare claims for state reimbursement of grant programs; prepare supporting schedules, reports and documentation.

Assist in the preparation, compilation and maintenance of division budgets; monitor expenditure and revenue accounts; make budget transfers, prepare regular budget reports.

Participate in the preparation, maintenance and review of payroll and personnel records.

Perform general office clerical duties and other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Special Instructions

Please mention you found this employment opportunity on the job board.


Applications may be obtained from and returned to:

Human Resources Department

250 5th Street

Colusa, CA 95932

Phone: 530-458-0420

Scanned completed application packets may be emailed to

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A complete application packet will include:

  •  A signed completed standard Colusa County Application REV.111317
  •  Cover Letter
  •  Resume

Submitting an incomplete packet may result in the disqualification of your application.

The applications will be used to select the best-qualified applicant to participate in the selection process. A skills examination may be administered to those candidates meeting the minimum qualifications. A qualifications appraisal interview will be used to assess the candidate's knowledge, skills and training experience. The top applicants will be ranked on a hiring list. The Director of the Community Development Department will make the final selection and appointment.

Additional Information


CalPERS retirement plan, either 3 @ 60 for Classic, or 2 @ 62; deferred compensation plans available with monthly matching employer contributions; paid holiday, vacation and sick leave; paid health insurance, life insurance, dental insurance and vision insurance for employee. If employee elects not to enroll in County insurance and can provide proof of other group health insurance coverage, they may be eligible for a $300 monthly cash-in-lieu benefit. This position is part of the Colusa County Employees Association (CCEA), Miscellaneous Unit.

THIS POSITION IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED, FIRST REVIEW: SEPTEMBER 24, 2019 BY 5:00 P.M. Resumes are required and may not be a substituted for any part of the official application. Application forms must be filled out completely and show clearly that all minimum requirements are met. Faxed applications will not be accepted. Meeting the announced requirements does not guarantee selection in the examination process.

Note: The information contained in this flyer is general in nature and does not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Colusa County does not reimburse applicants for any travel or related expenses incurred in connection with applying for employment. Colusa County participates in E-Verify. To view the Notice of E-Verify Participation and the Right to Work posters, please visit the Employment Opportunities section of the Colusa County website.

Retirees: Colusa County invites all qualified candidates to apply for positions; however pursuant to Government Code Section 21221 (h) and 21224, hiring restrictions may apply to California Public Sector Pension Plan Retirees.


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