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Employer: Sedgwick County
Division: MABCD
Job Title: Building Permit Writer
Salary: $15.957 Hourly

Veterans' Preference is available for this vacancy.
To receive Veterans' Preference, you must supply a copy of your DD214 to the Human Resources department at Sedgwick County after applying.

Job Description:

Job Objectives:

Primary issuance of residential and commercial Building permits applied for in person and through the Web. Must have a working knowledge of the adopted Building codes. Computer detail entry along with scanning and attaching support documentation into the provided software. Navigating GIS to establish the jurisdictional location of property and eligibility to apply for a permit. Will research: Jurisdiction, ownership, lot splits, zoning, floodplain, conditional use, BZA, restrictive covenant, ability to read plat map and identify required fields of information regarding permit request, easements and setbacks, lot grading plan, districts, egress, water and sewer. Will calculate square footage and handle money. Phone answering and problem solving required.


Essential Job Functions:

Face-to-face customer permit processing and processes permit submissions from the web

  • Issues Residential and Commercial Building permits by utilizing the GIS system, planning resolutions, and plat map criteria for establishing permit eligibility.
  • Issues permits for Manufactured Homes for City of Wichita and Unincorporated Sedgwick County.
  • Vets application, parcel attributes, zoning, flood plain requirements, designated districts of authority/interest and verifies completeness of permit prior to issuance.
  • Verifies supporting documentation for completeness (Check list).
  • Collects fees using cashiering best practices provided by department policies.

Analyzes customer issues and presents solutions that fit MABCD accepted procedures

  • Trains contractors on how to use portal and IVR.
  • Researches requests for timely and accurate responses to customers, public and other governmental agencies.
  • Collaborates with internal and external departments for MABCD processes and information resolution/flow.
  • Works on special projects as assigned. Executes role of project leader as required.

Acts as the Subject Matter Expert for All MABCD Permits

  • Mentors staff and customers regarding adopted codes.
  • Advises other staff members on MABCD administrative processes and practices.
  • Assist upper management in resolving contractor matters.
  • Uses proper etiquette including verifying customer hand-off and giving customer accurate information.



Customer Focus/Client Orientation:  Makes customers/clients and their needs a primary focus of one’s actions; makes a conscious effort to include diversity of input in all decisions; shows interest in and understanding of the needs and expectations of internal and external customers (including direct reports); acts with customers in mind and strives for continuous improvement in products and services. Gains customer trust and respect; meets or exceeds customer expectations.

Decision Making:  Makes timely sound, well-informed, objective and appropriate decisions. Compares data, information, and input from a variety of sources to draw conclusions. Takes action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences.

Dependability:  Takes personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work, and achieves results with little oversight.

Stress Management/Tolerance:  Maintains effective performance under pressure; handling stress in a manner that is acceptable to others and to the organization.

Teamwork:  Participates as an active and contributing member of a team to achieve team goals. Works cooperatively with other team members, involves others, shares information as appropriate, and shares credit for team accomplishments.


Job Standards:

Minimum Qualifications

High School diploma or GED required.

Three years clerical and customer service experience and must be proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook. Good with details and ability to discern input requirements from submitted data.

ICC permit technician certificate. (Or the ability to obtain certification within 6 months of hire.)

Preferred Qualifications

Associates Degree or some college or trade courses.

Five years clerical and customer service experience with 3 years of construction experience and must be proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook. Good with details and ability to discern input requirements from submitted data.

Additional ICC certificate(s) in Building, Plans Examiner, Residential Inspector, etc;  Bilingual.


Physical Requirements of Position:

Light work. Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for light work.


Work Environment:

Usual working days/hours:  Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location of work:  271 W. 3rd St.


*Please note this job posting is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice*

*This position may be filled or closed to further application without notice. Must be at least 18 years of age to work for Sedgwick County*

It is the policy of Sedgwick County not to discriminate in its programs or services provided to the general public, including employment and all other activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, disability, veteran status or any other similarly protected status. Sedgwick County is committed to making the application, interview, and pre-employment testing process accessible to persons with disabilities. If you wish to volunteer information regarding any special assistance you may need, please notify Crissy Magee, Sedgwick County ADA Coordinator, by phone (316) 660-7056, TDD (Kansas Relay at 711 or 800-766-3777), or email at crissy.magee@sedgwick.govDo not send resumes or application status request or employment questions to this email or phone number. This information is provided only for those requiring ADA assistance. Applications must be submitted on www.hrepartners.com. You will be contacted should the department feel that you are a qualified candidate. Sedgwick County will prohibit the hiring of spouses and/or immediate family members within the same department, but not within the County structure.


Vacancy Number: 20001062

Open Date: 10/11/2018 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: 11/11/2018 11:59:59 PM