Building Services Permit Technician

City of Cedar Rapids

Do you enjoy learning something new everyday?  Do you like to be involved with construction projects, but not the temperamental Iowa weather? We are looking to hire a Building Services Permit Technician.

The ideal candidate will have experience with data entry, familiarity with software programs and the desire to serve our community. In this position, it is crucial to possess exceptional interpersonal skills. If you have a knack with computers and love to help people, this is your calling! At the City, we are committed to employing individuals who reflect our community’s diverse backgrounds and this position is crucial in the success and strategic direction of a growing and evolving community. 

We appreciate and leverage the vast experience individuals bring beyond the technical requirements of a job. If you are an individual with similar experience listed here please consider applying. Experience and skills combined with commitment to our core values is key to building a greater community now and for the next generation; therefore, we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to this position. Any person who anticipates needing accommodations for any part of the recruitment process please contact Katie Ulmer ( or 319-286-5138).

What is in it for you? 

The City provides outstanding pay, benefits and time off. With participation in the Wellness Program, the Choice Family PPO plan cost is only $63.88 per month for 2022! Additionally we offer:

  • Medical co-insurance for participating providers of 90% plan / 10% employee
  • Iowa Public Employee’s Retirement Pension plans (IPERS) (Download PDF reader)  with a 9.44% City contribution and 6.29% employee contribution
  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • Up to $3,000 per year in educational assistance
  • 4 weeks of paid parental leave
  • Annual pay increases
  • Typically receive annual cost of living increase depending on budget
  • 100% City paid basic life insurance
  • Dental, vision, long-term disability, and supplemental life insurance
  • View our non-bargaining Choice Plan Benefits Summary (Download PDF reader)


Cedar Rapids - Why you should live here! 

About this position:

This person will be a valuable source of information to help citizens and contractors navigate the permitting world. You may be helping assist customers through various websites via phone calls, or in person.  Preferred prior experience working in government entering data and interacting with a variety of customers.  Join our team to help continue building a better Cedar Rapids community.

The Permit Technician position provides technical, clerical, administrative support, information dissemination services for the Building Services department.   

Position Schedule: Monday-Friday 7:30am-4:30pm
Salary: $22.49/hour to commensurate with experience 

Successful completion of a pre-employment background check, physical examination (if applicable) and drug screen are required prior to employment with the City of Cedar Rapids.

The City of Cedar Rapids does not offer sponsorship for employment authorization.

Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills

  • Accepts, reviews and processes building, zoning, renewals, temporary and final certificate of occupancy (COs), permit applications (i.e. fences, decks, re-roofs, re-sidings, etc.,) and researches and accurately analyzes all applications are accurately completed.
  • Conducts research and assists customers with questions concerning the building department.
  • Coordinates permit logistics and ensures all necessary paperwork is obtained prior to approvals.
  • Verifies all payments (cash / credit) received are balanced on a daily basis against the cash sheet and audits associated reports to ensure all GL codes match permits. 
  • Verifies registered and certified contractor licensing.). 
  • Develops and maintains relationships with builders/contractors to identify issues in permit applications and applies basic principles to assist the applicant in conforming to city standards.
  • Performs all administrative and planning technician activities
  • Attends mandatory training sessions, proactively works with supervisor to schedule ride-a-long training with inspectors to gain insight on requirements for handling inspection inquiries and works on continuous process improvement initiatives.
  • Performs related work as required.

Minimum qualifications & Requirements

Required Education and Experience

  • High School diploma or equivalency and
  • One (1) to three (3) years’ experience of customer service and data entry. Must have some experience with building plans or
  • An equivalent combination of education and/or experience
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse population

Required Licenses or Certifications

  • Ability to obtain Certified Permit Technician through the International Code Conference (ICC) within one year of appointment

Job ID: 81267

Posted 9 days ago

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