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Permit Technician 

Category Community Development  

Hiring Pay Range: $21.03 - $26.29/hr

Full Pay Range: $21.03 - $31.55/hr

General Purpose:

Performs technical, administrative & clerical work assisting the public with building permits and land use applications. Provides information to the public on Garfield County building and land use codes and ordinances. Receives and processes building and land use permit applications and permit fees. Refers public to the correct source for information.

Essential Functions:

(These duties are a representative sample; position assignments and detailed work instructions may vary.)

  1. Perform clerical, reception, administrative and technical duties for the Community Development Department. (85%)
  • Answer and routes telephone calls. Assists walk-in customers.
  • Receive and processes permit applications and payments for building permits.
  • Assist customers with routine and complex permitting inquiries regarding permitting processes, zoning, environmental codes, comprehensive plans and land use actions.
  • Assist with special projects, as assigned.
  • Provide customer service to the public. Communicates status of permits to applicants and handles customer complaints.
  • Conduct research, create documents and maintain permitting files and records.
  • Ensure mail is collected and routed to appropriate staff.
  • Assist with monthly Building permit reports.
  • File or retrieves construction plans for closed permits.
  • Collect and present survey data on customer satisfaction.
  • Calculate permit fees based on type of construction and use of building; route to appropriate review staff.

  1. Processes building permits and land use applications, receive plans, check and verify accuracy and completeness of information; accept or reject submitted blueprints based on departmental policies and minimum information requirements for plan submittal. (15%)
  • Performs records research in order to document project history compliance; coordinates permit processes with outside agencies to ensure that all permit requirements are being met.
  • Receives and determines acceptability of various types of land use applications, such as special use permits, subdivisions, final plat amendments and other land use proposals.
  • Coordinates community review of public and private development projects; provide information to the public regarding land use and zoning regulations.

  1. Performs other duties of a similar or related level as necessary or assigned.
Position Requirements

Minimum Education: High school diploma or equivalent; Associates degree in business or related field preferred; Permit Technician certification preferred

Minimum Experience: 3 years of experience in an administrative or clerical position with 1 year working in the construction industry, preferably working with the processing of permits

Licenses/Certifications: Valid driver’s license


Job Qualifications:


Knowledge of:

  1. Building codes, land use codes and zoning regulations.
  2. Basic construction processes and terminology.
  3. Practice and procedures specific to the Department/Office.
  4. Modern office processes and procedures.
  5. Keyboarding, data entry and word processing skills.
  6. Grammar, spelling and punctuation.
  7. Basic math skills.
  8. Basic accounting principles and practices.
  9. Relevant computer hardware and software applications.

Ability to:

  1. Speak, read and write the English language.
  2. Communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  3. Understand and follow written and verbal instructions.
  4. Organize workload and prioritize tasks.
  5. Effectively and efficiently, provide customer service to internal and external customers.
  6. Handle stressful or difficult situations in a professional manner.
  7. Perform cashier duties accurately following financial procedures and policies for payment processing.
  8. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, other departments and agencies.
  9. Work independently.
  10. Understand and practice safety procedures and precautions.
  11. Maintain a high level of professionalism and confidentiality.
  12. Operate required office equipment.


Internal & External Contacts:

Internal Contacts:

Frequently interacts with other Department/ Elected office employees.


External Contacts:

Frequently interacts with the public and representatives from other agencies.


Physical Activity & Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment described here 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 otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


Required Physical Activities:

While performing the essential functions of this job the employee is frequently required to reach, grasp, stand and /or sit for long periods of time, walk, talk and hear; occasionally required to lift and/ or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, peripheral vision and ability to adjust focus.


Work Environment:

The noise level in the internal work environment is usually moderately loud with frequent interruptions and multiple demands.


Required Travel:

Occasionally required to drive within the County.


Computers & Office Equipment:

Computer and relevant software applications; telephone system; facsimile; postage machine; 10-key calculator; copier and scanner.

May also operate: audio recording devices; TV/VCR/DVD; LCD projector; satellite broadcast system; digital camera; cell phone; handheld electronic devices.


THIS JOB DESCRIPTION DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT. Nothing in this job description restricts Garfield County’s ability to assign, reassign or eliminate duties and responsibilities of this job at any time. It does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. This job description describes the County’s current assignment of essential functions. Those functions may change at any time as the needs of the County change or for other reasons deemed appropriate by the County.

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Location Glenwood Springs, Colorado  
Benefit Information To review out benefit package, please visit  
Hiring Range $21.03 - $26.29/hr  
Full Pay Range $21.03 - $31.55/hr  
Driving Classification Marginal  
Number of Openings 1  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Req Number COM-22-00004  
Open Date 9/12/2022  
About the Organization Garfield County, Colorado consists of rugged alpine vistas and high desert mountains in the Rocky Mountain region, which dwells along the Continental Divide. Garfield County is located in western Colorado, where outdoor recreation opportunities abound, including hunting, fishing, hiking, rafting and kayaking, biking, skiing and snowboarding. It is home to the second largest designated wilderness area in Colorado - the Flattops Wilderness, the world's largest mineral hot springs pool, a popular family ski resort, and Hanging Lake, designated as a National Natural Landmark by the Secretary of the Interior in 2011.  
EOE Statement Garfield County is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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