Permit technicians play an important role in the processes of building and construction, though they typically work in offices to perform both technical and clerical tasks for construction companies, usually in building regulation departments and especially for larger employers. They often answer calls, return calls, and meet with others in the industry to gain the proper permits for construction projects. They may also help customers deal with the permitting process, answer questions, and provide other needed information, and guide clients to the proper government offices when they cannot resolve concerns directly. They also also set up and plan appointments for inspections of construction projects and resolve zoning issues as necessary.
Permit technicians also prepare and file reports, file blueprints with the appropriate offices, and perform other clerical duties on a regular basis. They often meet with designers and others to develop handouts and other informational material for customers, as well. With so many clerical and technical duties, strong organizational and communication skills are essential in this position, as is the ability to work well with both clients and regulating agencies. Computer skills, filing skills, and other in-office abilities are also important.
A high school diploma may be a minimum requirement for this position, and some employers require an associate’s degree and/or prior experience in the field, particularly with larger employers. Ongoing education is also necessary to keep up with changes in building/zoning laws and requirements.
Permit Technician Tasks
File blueprints, permits, drawings, and other paper material.
Coordinate with examiners and inspectors to design and develop customers handouts and checklists.
Manage, maintain, retrieve, and organize data electronically.
Issue and track all permits throughout the course of the permitting process.
Build strong rapport with Town and City Hall personnel and other staff.