Building Permit Technician I/II Job at St. Helena, Napa County, California

Building Permit Technician I/II

City of St. Helena , California

Job Information 


Planning and Community Improvement

Mid Level


$51,598.00 - $68,986.00 Annually

Application Deadline 

Until Filled or 100 applicants

No Application Deadline

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


The City of St. Helena has an exciting opportunity to fill a position in the Building Department.  This is a great opportunity to become part of a Customer Service focused team of dedicated individuals that take pride in serving the local community.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

The Building Permit Technician I reports to the Chief Building Official or Planning Director. This is the entry level class in the permit technician series that allows the incumbent to develop journey level knowledge and abilities. Initially, under immediate supervision, incumbents perform the more routine building and development permit support duties while learning City policies and procedures. As experience is gained, there is greater independence of action within established guidelines. This classification is alternatively staffed with Building Technician II and incumbents may advance to the higher level after gaining experience and demonstrating a level of proficiency that meets the qualifications of the higher level class.

The Building Permit Technician II reports to the Chief Building Official or Planning Director. This is the journey level class in which incumbents are expected to perform the full scope of permit processing and related support duties with minimum supervision. Assignments are characterized by the presence of fairly clear guidelines from which to make decisions and the availability of supervision when required.

The classification is alternatively staffed with Building Permit Technician III and incumbents may advance to the higher level after gaining experience and demonstrating a level of proficiency that meets the qualifications of the higher level classes.

Supervision Received/Exercised:

Building Permit Technician I Receives immediate supervision  from the Chief Building Official or Planning Director. Incumbents in this class do not routinely exercise supervision.

Building Permit Technician II Receives general supervision  from the Chief Building Official or Planning Director. Incumbents m this class do not routinely exercise supervision.

Essential Functions: (include but are not limited to the following)

  • Provides customer service by responding to public and agency inquiries by phone and at the counter; provides information regarding building permit policies and application procedures; works cooperatively with property owners, contractors, architects, developers, engineers or their representatives to resolve questions regarding permit issuance and permit fees.
  • Receives building and engineering plans and specifications for completeness, review and conformance to permit requirements and regulations; ensures that required permits have been obtained; verifies contractor and subcontractor insurance coverage, construction bonds and licenses; routes plans to appropriate departments for review and sign-off; tracks plans and ensures timely
  • Calculates, collects and records permit application, plan check, building permit and development impact fees; uses scaled plan dimensions and standard schedules; coordinates fee collection with finance staff; issues development permits for subdivisions, commercial and industrial projects and swimming pools; coordinates bond releases with finance staff and contractors.
  • Determines types of inspections and reviews required for proposed construction; schedules daily building inspections and monitors building inspection line; coordinates utility releases with building inspectors and utility company; coordinates final inspection with other departments.
  • Issues code compliance letters, maintains code enforcement records and coordinates nuisance abatement procedures with City Attorney, Planning Director and/or Building Official.
  • Assists Public Works Department in implementation of storm water pollution prevention regulations, water conservation regulations, and grading plans. Assists Fire Marshal in review and processing of plans for fire alarm and sprinkler systems, scheduling of fire inspections, processing fire inspection forms, and billing customers for fire inspections
  • Assists Public Works Department and oversees permits for city-owned buildings, including abatement of hazardous substances.
  • May assist the Finance Department in the processing of accounts receivable and quarterly and annual billings.
  • Maintains division records, files and other reference materials; compiles and disseminates data regarding permit activity and fee collections; prepares and edits correspondence, plan check comments and various technical and statistical reports.
  • Establishes positive working relationships with representatives of community organizations, state/local agencies and associations, City management and staff and the public.

There is a no smoking policy in effect within the City offices and vehicles. St. Helena is an equal opportunity employer. The City of St. Helena will require documentation of the legal right to work in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act upon hire.

Compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): With prior notice to the Personnel Department regarding testing or job performance modifications, the City will make every attempt to offer reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and employees with disabilities.

Job Description URL:

Job PDF:

PDF icon 2020.12.21 Permit Technician Final.pdf

Ideal Candidate

Ability to:

  • Read, interpret and review plans, blueprints and supporting documentation.
  • Collect, analyze and present data.
  • Perform mathematical calculations quickly and accurately.
  • Interpret, explain and apply applicable laws, codes and regulations.
  • Read, interpret and record data accurately.
  • Organize, prioritize and follow-up on work assignments.
  • Work independently and as part of a team.
  • Make sound decisions within established guidelines.
  • Analyze a complex issue, and develop and implement an appropriate response.
  • Follow written and oral directions.
  • Observe safety principles and work in a safe manner.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Building and municipal code sections as related to permit processes and inspection procedures.
  • Various construction methods and terminology.
  • Basic engineering, rel property description and terminology.
  • Basic research methods used in the collection, tabulation, analysis and application of building inspection data.
  • Principles and practices of financial accounting.
  • Public relations techniques and procedures.
  • Basic principles of mathematics.
  • Applicable federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations.
  • Methods and techniques of scheduling work assignments.
  • Standard office procedures, practices and equipment
  • Modern office equipment, including a computer and applicable software.
  • Methods and techniques for record keeping and report preparation and writing.
  • Proper English, spelling and grammar.
  • Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.

Education and/or Experience:

Any combination of education and experience that has provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for a Building Permit Technician 1/11. A typical way of obtaining the required qualifications is to possess the equivalent of:

Building Permit Technician I
Two years of experience performing increasingly responsible office support duties involving heavy public contact, and a high school diploma or equivalent.
Building Permit Technician II
In addition to the above, two years of experience in reviewing and processing building, grading and improvement plans and/or permits equivalent to that of a Building Permit Technician I in the City of St. Helena.


Possession of, or the ability to obtain, a valid class C California driver’s license.


  • CalPERS defined benefit retirement: 2.0% at 60 formula for current members; 2.0% at 62 for new members. The employee is responsible for payment of the employee share of the pension cost.  City employees also participate in the Social Security system
  • City-paid health, dental and vision insurance coverage for employee and dependents
  • Vacation accrues at varying rates for full-time employees.  The beginning accrual rate is generally ten working days per year, increasing with tenure.
  • Twelve holidays annually
  • Two personal convenience days per year (increases to five day after five years).
  • Sick leave (twelve days per year)
  • Life Insurance
  • Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Dependent Care program
  • Employee Assistance program
  • Bereavement Pay - 3 days in state/5 days out of state
  • Longevity Pay
  • Bilingual Pay

*St. Helena Miscellaneous Employees have agreed to a one-year 5% salary reduction through a 13-day unpaid furlough for Fiscal Year 2020-21, deferred compensation match has been suspended for FY 2020-21, and step increases have been suspended for FY 2020-21.

Special Instructions

Application Deadline:

Closes January 31

First Review: Monday, February 1, 2021

Tentative Board Interview: Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Application and Selection Procedure:

To apply please go to to submit the following:

  • City application form
  • Supplemental Questionnaire
  • Cover Letter
  • Detailed resume

Please note: you will complete the application and supplemental questionnaire with the application process on and will upload your resume and cover letter. Failure to submit all four required documents will be considered an incomplete application and will not be considered for this position.

All resumes will be reviewed to select those applicants whose training and experience most closely match the requirements of this position.  A limited number of qualified applicants possessing the most desirable qualifications may be invited to participate in the subsequent phase of the evaluation process which may include interviews, written exercises, or simulated work problems. Note: Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee advancement in the selection process.

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1572 Railroad Avenue

St. Helena, CA 94574