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Recruitment #A1836-00-o20491


Performs technical and clerical duties in receiving, reviewing and processing applications for the issuance of residential construction permits.


Employees in this class perform duties of average difficulty requiring some initiative and independent judgement under close supervision.


Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform some or all of the activities described below.
  • Receives, reviews and verifies the content of residential construction permit application packets and assists in the review of commercial construction permit applications for completeness, to include reviewing blueprints, site plans and technical drawings, to ensure minimum standards have been met in accordance with established procedures, codes and ordinances.
  • Verifies contractor certification numbers listed in construction permit packages to ensure proper certification in the appropriate areas and insurance requirements have been met.
  • Advises contractors, homeowners and the general public on the construction permit application process.
  • Inputs permitting application data utilizing a computer and related software to ensure all required information is entered into an electronic database.
  • Researches files and related databases to extract data needed to resolve problems concerning permit issuance.
  • Prepares construction permits and calculates permit fees to ensure the appropriate permits have been issued.
  • Notifies customers of any minor or routine problems pertaining to denied permit files.
  • Reviews flood elevation certificates for compliance with federal requirements and enters information into database.
  • Answers mail requests and incoming calls for construction permits and furnishes requested information.
  • Compiles, prepares and maintains construction permit files and records.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • Working knowledge of the minimum requirements of federal, state and local building codes and ordinances.
  • Working knowledge of department's policies, practices and procedures in the processing of permit applications and issuance of construction permits.
  • Working knowledge of high school level mathematics.
  • Ability to review blueprints, site plans and technical drawings for minimum standards.
  • Ability to interpret and explain codes, ordinances, statutes and laws governing the permitting process.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions, procedures and directions.
  • Ability to perform arithmetic calculations rapidly and accurately.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others within and outside own organization.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain work related files and reports.


Note: Minimum Qualifications MUST be attained before the recruitment ending date.

Graduation from high school or possession of a GED Certificate; and
Two years of clerical experience involving public contact, one year of which must have been in a position working with building, zoning or construction permits; and
A passing score on a written test; and
A passing score on a data entry test at 100 gross keystrokes per minute with 90% accuracy.


Graduation from high school or possession of a GED Certificate; and
Successful completion of a one year training period with a county agency involving the receiving, reviewing and processing of applications for the issuance of residential or commercial construction permits. Copy of Certificate of Completion with
visible seal/signature is required; and
A passing score on a written test; and
A passing score on a data entry test at 100 gross keystrokes per minute with 90% accuracy.



If you believe that you qualify for this position based upon education or training you have received, you will be required to provide a copy of your official college transcripts or copy of diploma from the accredited college/university, and/or a copy of a certificate indicating your successful completion of any required training, before your qualifications will be evaluated.


Note: If you will be faxing copies to the Civil Service Office, please include your full name and last four digits of your social security number, and fax the required documents to (813) 272 - 5620.


SPECIAL NOTE: (Restricted) Appointment is due to an authorized absence of the incumbent. The person hired receives all rights and benefits of the classified service except the right of tenure in the event the absent incumbent returns to this position.


Completion of a seven-hour Plans Reading Course offered by Southern Building Code Congress International. Possession of a valid Driver License.

Selection Process

  • Application Screening (Civil Service Office)
  • Performance Exam, if required (Civil Service Office)
  • Written Exam, if required (Civil Service Office)
  • Establish List (Civil Service Office)
  • Department Selection Interviews (Hiring Agency)
  • Background Investigation (Hiring Agency)
  • Job Offer (Hiring Agency)
  • Conclusion

    OPEN AND CLOSED RECRUITMENTS:  We are running concurrent Closed (Internal) and Open recruitments. Internal candidates on a closed eligibility list must be considered first, prior to a selection being made from the open eligibility list. To be considered for the same classification under Open recruitment, internal candidates must also apply under the open recruitment process.


    VETERANS' PREFERENCE:  Preference will ONLY be entitled upon initial appointment for eligible veterans and eligible spouses of veterans. Documentation to support entitlement to preference MUST be provided at the time of application.


    DRUG-FREE WORK PLACE:  The employers of Hillsborough County have implemented a drug-free workplace and all offers of employment are conditioned on job applicants successfully passing a drug test.


    NOTE: Depending on the agency of employment, individuals hired may be required to review Hillsborough County driving eligibility criteria and acknowledge their understanding of its provisions.


    NOTE: Employees are required to participate in the response/recovery activities related to emergencies/disasters affecting the County.  They are required to work in their normal job duties or other activities within their skills and capabilities. Proper compensation will be made in accordance with existing rules and procedures.


    EXAMINATION: Examination may be administered at the time of application, depending on qualifications. Test information is available at the Reception Branch, Hillsborough County Civil Service Office. This information must be obtained in person and it is the applicant's responsibility to obtain it, if desired.



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