Building Permit Technician Job at Fairfield, Solano County, California

Building Permit Technician

City of Fairfield , California

Job Information 


Community Development

Mid Level


$63,294.40 - $84,926.40 Annually

Application Deadline 


No Application Deadline

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


To perform a variety of technical and para-professional duties in support of the Building Division including the processing of plan check submittals and the issuance of permits and business licenses.  To provide information concerning building permit requirements, codes, ordinances, and inspection procedures to contractors, design professionals, and the public.  To review plans for completeness, calculate permit fees, issue building permits, and route plans.

There are currently two (2) vacancies to fill; placement will be based on experience and complexity of work performed. 

This job posting will remain open and continuous until the position has been filled.

TENANTIVE INTERVIEW DATES: February 25th - March 5th

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This classification is represented by Fairfield Employees’ Association (FEA) and offers an excellent benefits package including:

  • CalPERS pension eligibility 
  • Generous contributions to medical, dental, and vision plans
    1. 3 medical carriers to choose from: Kaiser, Sutter Health or Western Health
    2. Monthly employee premium as low as $109 for Kaiser family plan
  • 32 hours of personal leave (cashable) annually, plus vacation and sick leave
  • City paid life insurance, deferred comp and retirement health savings contributions
  • A 9/80 work schedule with every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month off
Building Permit Technician I - This is the entry-level class which is distinguished from the journey-level by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within the series.  Participation in the permit issuance process is closely monitored to ensure compliance with applicable building codes, state and local requirements and City procedures.
Employees at this level are not expected to perform with the same independence of direction and judgment on matters allocated to the journey level.
Building Permit Technician II - This is the journey-level class which is distinguished from the Building Permit Technician I by the complexity of assignments and the ability to perform the full range of duties with only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise. Positions in this class are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies within the work unit.  Ability to exercise considerable judgment and independence in the interpretation of codes and regulations. Ability to use independent judgement to provide immediate response on a variety of issues when supervisor or higher-level management are not available. 
Supervision is received from the Chief Building Official or other management staff.


Minimum Qualifications


 Building Permit Technician I 

  • Three (3) years of increasingly responsible clerical or technical work is required. Experience providing assistance in community development, building permit, plan checking, construction engineering or similar work is desirable.
  • Education equivalent to graduation from high school is required. College coursework or other training in building construction, technical engineering, community development or other related field is desirable. 
Building Permit Technician II
  •  Two (2) years experience as a Building Permit Technician I with the City of Fairfield or with another municipal agency with equivalent experience is required.  A typical way to obtain the equivalent experience would be two (2) years of public contact work in permitting, building code enforcement or similar department. Experience with land use regulations and the construction process is required.   
  • Education equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade is required.  Two years of college course work including classes in construction technology, building inspection or civil engineering is desirable.
  • Both classifications require possession of a valid Class C California Driver's License. 
Building Permit Technician II – in addition to the above:
  •  Must obtain International Code Council (ICC) certification as "Permit Technician" or equivalent within 12 months of appointment.


Examples of Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
Building Permit Technician I (primary duties):
Business License Tasks:

  • Provide information and assist the public with inquiries regarding the business license process.
  • Receive, review and evaluate business license applications and other supporting documentation for completeness, accuracy and conformance with City ordinance and zoning requirements as well as state and federal requirements.
  • Coordinate business license application approval with other departments.
  • Process and issue business licenses and renewals.
  • Process public records requests for business license information.
  • Process weekly and monthly business license reports for City departments.
Building Permit Tasks: 
  • Provide information and assist the public at the counter and telephone with inquiries regarding the building permit process, codes, ordinances and inspection procedures.
  • Receive, review and evaluate plans, permit applications and other supporting documentation for completeness, accuracy and conformance with local, state and federal building codes, regulations, requirements and other established criteria.
  • Prepare routine correspondence and documentation.
  • Route building plans to various City agencies and departments for processing.
  • Process public record requests for plan duplication, permit history and inspection history for parcels.
  • Process and issue web and counter requests for less complex building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits.
  • Maintain accurate files and records.
  • Input, access and analyze data, and run reports using an automated tracking system or database.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
Building Permit Technician II – in addition to the duties listed above:
  • Provide permit case management for complex projects from application submittal through permit closeout and issuance of certificate of occupancy.  Act as division liaison to developers, architects, engineers, contractors, other City divisions and departments.
  • Apply advanced permit fee calculations (including estimates, fee credits, fee deferrals and staff training)  including interpreting regulations and policies applicable to fee calculations. 
  • Minor plan review (i.e. garage conversions, pre-engineered structures, photovoltaic systems, minor room alteration, etc.). 
  • Coordinate and resolve a variety of complex and difficult problems and complaints encountered by staff and department representatives regarding permit and plan submittals and processing, illegal construction, code violations and inspections.  
  • Attend meetings as division representative in various meetings with developers, contractors, outside agencies and/or other divisions and departments.
  • Assist in the continued development of the City's current building permit program.  Evaluate and provide recommendations for best practices for the City's permit/development fee application process and application forms.
  • Assist Building Permit Technician I as needed during absences or high need periods.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Knowledge & Abilities

Knowledge of: 

  • Provisions of business license ordinance.
  • The building permit process and how the division interrelates with other agencies and organizations.
  • Federal, state and municipal codes, ordinances and regulations related to building construction, and electrical, plumbing, mechanical, heating, and gas installations.
  • Understanding of construction drawings and blueprints, construction types and occupancies.
  • Arithmetic and mathematical calculations.
  • Inspection methods and procedures.
  • Modern office practices, procedures and equipment.
Ability to: 
  • Establish and maintain effective, tactful and positive working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Understand and explain the permit and business license process.
  • Consistently and fairly apply policies, laws, codes, and regulations.
  • Calculate fees.
  • Use assessor parcel map to locate property.
  • Access and input data using a computer; utilize department specific software.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

 Based on the information provided in the application documents, the best-qualified applicants will be invited for further examination. All applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. Depending upon the number of applications received, the examination may consist of an application screening, written and/or practical exam, oral interview, or any combination. This position requires a local records check, and response to a medical questionnaire prior to appointment. A pre-employment medical exam may also be required.



1350 Travis Blvd # 1361

Fairfield, CA 94533