Established: 02/00
Revised: 05/05
FLSA: Non-Exempt
EEO: 5



Under general supervision, to provide information to the general public about State of Oregon adopted codes, rules and laws governing construction of buildings and facilities, soil, site and septic systems, permit applications, inspection processes and procedures, siting of manufactured dwellings, and disposal, grading or erosion control regulations; to check submitted plan review packages for completeness and compliance; and to do other work as required.


The Permits Technician is an advanced journey-level classification that assists and informs customers about County permit processes and applications, codes, rules and laws within the Department of Transportation or the Water Environment Services areas. The incumbents verify that pre-requisite approvals are met, plans and drawings are complete and ready for review, and provide information about the submittal and inspection processes. The Permits Technician processes permit renewals and permit extension requests.

The Permits Technician differs from the Permits Specialist which has responsibility for assisting the public with permit applications and record keeping functions related to permits, inspection reports, code complaints and enforcement processes, but does not have responsibility to verify that all plan review packages are complete and ready for review.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Assists builders, contractors, developers, and the general public at the customer service counter or on the telephone with information on current State building codes, county rules and regulations; answers questions regarding septic tank, grading, erosion control processes, soil feasibility studies, soil investigations, existing septic system reviews and procedures; and policies and procedures related to plan review with the county.
  2. Reviews construction documents and permit applications for completeness and compliance to required documentation, numbers and types of plan drawings to comply with state, local, and county codes, ordinances, and regulations; assists in distributing additional or revised plan review information to appropriate staff; determines when State or other agency permits are required before a local permit can be issued; refers customer to appropriate agency; identifies which plans require approvals from other state, county, or municipal organizations before submission for plan review; reviews Planning Department applications ensuring proper submittal documentation for consistency with control regulations, DEQ rules and county codes.
  3. Issues building, mechanical, manufactured dwelling, demolition, plumbing, electrical, soil, site and septic system permits; determines type(s) of permits needed; calculates and collects permit fee estimates and charges; balances cash drawer receipts; monitors the permit and plan review status and provides current information to the staff and public; updates, maintains, and monitors the permit tracking system; enters information into permit files.
  4. Researches county records, computer records, files, and other sources for building information to respond to customer inquiries; verifies when contractor licensing is necessary and confirms status; prepares reports and completes correspondence regarding field investigations; maintain records, inspection reports, certificates and other program records.
  5. May assemble residential and commercial plans for permit issuance by transferring all marks and stamps, assembling addenda and written materials, and verifying that all other department reviews have been completed and approved.
  6. Participates in developing procedures, routines, forms, and record keeping systems, which assist in the plan review process; may assist in writing and implement procedures for new processes.


Working knowledge of: State building codes for residential and commercial construction; county building permit procedures and policies; county land use regulations; blueprint reading and standards; documents and drawings required for plan review purposes; county building inspection processes and procedures; Department of Environmental Quality regulations, general principles of geology, hydrology and soil sciences, septic systems design standards and procedures; standard office practices and procedures; record keeping, computerized or automated information systems and databases; business English, spelling and arithmetic.

Skill to: Accurately explain building codes, ordinances, permit processes and procedures; review construction documents to assess completeness of applications; read and interpret blueprints and information on varied technical documents, maps and records for completeness; gather and compile technical information for permit applications; interpret rules, requirements and Clackamas County Ordinances; operate office equipment and machinery; establish and maintain manual and computerized records; receive, calculate and reconcile payments; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; develop office policies and procedures; establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, other agencies, county departments, and other county employees.


Driving may be necessary for County business. For position(s) with occasional/incidental driving, incumbents must possess a valid driver's license. Accommodation requests for an acceptable alternative method of transportation will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation. For position(s) with regular driving, incumbent(s) must also possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.


Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.