PERMIT PROCESSING SPECIALIST

Location
Arlington, Virginia
Salary
$41,808.00 - $75,732.80 Annually
Posted
Jul 16, 2021
Closes
Jul 30, 2021
Ref
5316-22A-DES-TT
Function
Management
Hours
Full Time
Position Information
Do you have an interest in playing a role in construction projects from beginning to end? Do you possess excellent customer service skills and the ability to multi-task successfully? If yes, the Department of Environmental Services Permitting and Inspections Team is looking for you.

The Permit Processing Specialist communicates information directly to homeowners, developers, architects, engineers and contractors regarding the process related to the application and issuance of construction and right-of-way permits. This employee responds to any issues related to permit applications, fees, and construction plans that were submitted while ensuring that construction activities are in compliance with applicable State and County regulations, standards, and specifications.

Specific duties include:

  • Processing and approving building, demolition, plumbing, fence, land disturbance activity, and right-of-way permits utilizing a permitting software system;
  • Evaluating "walk through" construction plans for required data and accuracy and making initial determination and decisions regarding application acceptance;
  • Reviewing civil engineering and architectural plans using electronic plan review software to calculate the linear or square footage of construction activity;
  • Locating and counting drainage fixture units, determining when upgrades to water service are required, and identifying conflicts between proposed construction activity and existing public utility infrastructure;
  • Assessing and collecting appropriate permit and utility fees;
  • Receiving, logging, prioritizing, and distributing applications and plans to the appropriate staff for technical review;
  • Coordinating with staff as to the status of plan reviews and alerting applicants regarding permit rejections or approvals;
  • Conducting research using permitting software, GIS, and various electronic management systems to provide information about County rights-of-way, easements, and utilities to customers;
  • Scanning plans and creating digitized plan archive; and
  • Reconciling daily check and credit card purchases and delivering associated reports to the Office of the Treasurer and bank.
The ideal candidate will thrive in a fast-paced office environment which includes a busy customer service counter as part of a team that relies heavily on each other for support and coverage.

Selection Criteria
Candidates will be hired at full performance level as a Permit Processing Specialist I, II or III depending upon their ability to meet minimum selection criteria and certification requirements.

Minimum Requirements:
Permit Processing Specialist I: $ 41,808.00 - $63,897.60
  • Education: Associate's degree in Construction, Engineering, Architectural Technology or related area.
  • Experience: 6 months of experience in customer service in a front counter or professional office environment in building or construction trades industry or closely related environment.
  • Certifications: Ability to obtain VDOT Basic Work Zone Traffic Control certification within one year.
Permit Processing Specialist II: $45,801.60 - $69,971.20
  • Education: Associate's degree in Construction, Engineering, Architectural Technology or related area.
  • Experience: 1 year and 6 months of experience in the building and construction trades industry, processing trade permits or land use approvals, reading construction or traffic control plans, or explaining technical information, rules, and procedures to others; familiarity with State and local construction codes, policies, and specifications; and proficiency in electronic records management, GIS and/or permit processing software.
  • Certifications: All above certifications, plus State Responsible Land Disturber (RLD) Certification and/or VDOT Intermediate Work Zone Traffic Control within one year.
Permit Processing Specialist III: $49,608.00 - $75,732.80
  • Education: Associate's degree in Construction, Engineering, Architectural Technology or related area.
  • Experience: 2 years and 6 months of experience in the building and construction trades industry, processing trade permits or land use approvals, reading construction or traffic control plans, or explaining technical information, rules, and procedures to others; and thorough knowledge of construction practices as well as State and local construction codes, policies, and specifications.
  • Certifications: All above, plus completion of Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Basic Erosion & Sediment Control class and/or Basic Storm Water Management class within one year.
Substitution: Relevant experience can be substituted for the education requirement on a year for year basis.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following:
  • Providing technical information and explaining rules and procedures to others;
  • Providing services to the public in an office environment;
  • Experience with and understanding of permitting process or permitting software, and/or;
  • Reading and understanding construction plans, drawings, and technical construction terminology.

Special Requirements
The applicant must possess, or obtain by time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence. The applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

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