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Planning/Permit Technician - City of Sammamish ( Job # 19-0040)

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Minimum Salary: $54,282.00
Maximum Salary: $74,288.00
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Community Development
Closes: July 19, 2019 at 5:00 PM
(Open to current employees and the general public.)



The Planning/Permit Technician is expected to perform complex and advanced technical tasks in support of Department of Community Development business, including permitting, database management, current planning, and long-range planning activities.  This position requires well-developed technical skills and the ability to organize and prioritize work in a self-starting work environment. The position also requires the ability to work in a team environment across multiple disciplines and interpersonal skills necessary to participate in group and team settings. The Planning/Permit Technician must be able to take responsibility for specific projects.  Skills are needed to deal with unusual or irregular situations needing short turnaround times.  The position also includes the development of standards and procedures to document and improve work production. This position requires development of professional level knowledge of permit tracking software and associated databases. The applicant should be able to develop an effective working relationship with employees, city officials, other municipal and state agency officials, and the general public.

Because of the small size of the City staff, each staff member is expected to perform a wide range of office and field duties as may be required from time to time. The position serves at-will at the pleasure and discretion of the City.


The Planning/Permit Technician works under the direct supervision of the Department of Community Development Director or as assigned.


The position works independently with support from city staff or consultants. No employee supervision is exercised.



  • Serve in the role of providing external and internal customer service.
  • Maintain working relationships with permit applicants, customers, and co-workers.
  • Screen, intake, and route for internal review building and land use permit applications such as shoreline management, sub-divisions, short plats and site plans, zoning variances, and conditional use permits.
  • Complete initial review of permit applications for completeness in accordance with adopted procedure.  
  • Provide technical support in all aspects of Department business as assigned including data reporting.
  • Create and maintain department permit files and related records.
  • Prepare charts, maps, graphics or other data using computer programs.
  • Prepare projects and data for archival storage.
  • Perform record keeping and inventory; document and files data sources and map files for future reference.
  • Research planning information, as needed.
  • Respond to questions and requests for technical information from other agencies and citizens.
  • Provide technical support to planning staff for planning projects.
  • Verifies measurements through mathematical calculations.
  • Good driving record and ability to drive a city vehicle.


Knowledge of:

  • Permit tracking software.
  • City organization, operations, policies, and objectives.
  • Interpersonal customer relations skills using tact, patience, and courtesy.
  • Research techniques and procedures.
  • Office practices, procedures, and equipment; Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, AutoCad, ArcView,
  • Preparing and maintaining records and files, including project/program records, equipment and material purchasing and accounting.
  • Internal and external customer service.

Skills / Abilities:

  • Interact with the public in an effective, customer friendly manner and establish and maintain effective working relationships with City staff and other organizations.
  • Get along with others and work as a member of a team.
  • Foster collaborative group process and efficiently use resources.
  • Work independently and make appropriate decisions regarding work methods and priorities.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Demonstrate a strong sense of personal ethics along with professional judgment and discretion.
  • Prepare reports and graphic presentations.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Research and maintain a variety of technical records using computerized systems and applications.
  • Meet schedules and legal time lines.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Ability to read legal descriptions, deeds, plat books, maps, and software procedures manuals;
  • Skill in interpreting land descriptions, maps, drawings, charts, plans, survey records, and aerial photos;
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of file and records management.


One (1) year of relevant work experience, or any equivalent combination of experience and training that would provide the applicant with the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the job.

Valid Washington State driver’s license with a driving record free from serious or frequent violations.


The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Walking, standing, bending, and a limited amount of crawling and climbing are required.  Prolonged sitting or standing and fine manipulation skills required for computer use.  Office work will require dexterity and hand-eye coordination sufficient to operate a computer workstation and ordinary office equipment.

The employee, in performing the duties of this job, will be required to talk, hear, smell, sit, stand, walk on a variety of surfaces, to reach with the arms, and to use hands to manipulate objects, tools or controls.  Specific vision abilities required by this job are close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.  Employee must be able to drive a City vehicle.


Good driving record and possession of a valid Washington State Driver’s license is required.  Proper documentation to fulfill the requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act within three (3) days of employment is a condition of employment with the City of Sammamish.  Completed City of Sammamish application is required.


The job duties and responsibilities represented in this job description in no way imply that these are the only duties to be performed.  The employee occupying this position, under the direction of the Community Development Deputy Director, will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties as requested.


This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the City and the employee, and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the City and the requirements of the job change.




Sammamish City Hall
801 - 228th Ave SE
Sammamish, WA 98075