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Planner & Permit Services Coordinator

Avondale Estates

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Job Summary

This position coordinates the city’s zoning, building permitting and inspection process and is responsible for leading both long-range and project-specific planning efforts.

Major Duties

  • Processes residential and commercial building permit applications.
  • Reviews construction plans for zoning compliance
  • Reviews construction plans for compliance with standards and codes.
  • Consults with applicants, contractors, and developers to provide information and resolve problems.
  • Provides staff support for the Historic Preservation Commission and Planning Architecture and Zoning Review Board.
  • Schedules plan and site reviews.
  • Schedules building inspections.
  • Issues permits.
  • Performs zoning inspections.
  • Retain construction and permit records.
  • Acts as the liaison between staff and outsourced building inspectors 
  • Assists in drafting legislation pertaining to land use and development
  • Plans and manages public engagement meetings related to land use and development
  • Manages consultants to update long-range planning documents
  • Creates a variety of regular and special reports to keep leaders and the community informed of progress including a monthly progress report on jobs gained and lost, the number of permits reviewed, and the number of Certificate of Occupancy Permits issued.
  • Gathers and analyzes data for market research, maintains and updates maps, assists with forecasting populations growth, development trends and related issues
  • Performs related duties.

Knowledge Required by the Position

  • Knowledge of city codes and ordinances.
  • Knowledge of building plan review processes.
  • Knowledge of smart city design principles
  • Skill in using engineering and architectural scales. 
  • Knowledge of the principles behind new urbanism, transit-oriented development, and complete street design.
  • Knowledge of zoning ordinances.
  • Skill in the use of computers and job-related software programs.
  • Skill in the review and analysis of construction documents.
  • Skill in performing and documenting building inspections.
  • Skill in operating such office equipment 
  • Skill in report preparation and records maintenance.
  • Skill in interpersonal relations.

Supervisory Controls

The Assistant City Manager assigns work and spot-checks completed work for compliance with procedures, accuracy, and the nature and propriety of the final results.


Guidelines include city codes and ordinances, historic preservation guidelines, the Georgia Prescriptive Desk Code, and city and department policies and procedures. These guidelines require judgment, selection, and interpretation in application. 

Complexity/Scope of Work

  • The work consists of varied plan review and inspection duties. 
  • This position is charged with reviewing building and development permits and conducting building inspections. Success in this position ensures construction is in compliance with city codes and ordinances.
  • The position is also responsible for long-range planning, community engagement, and data and statistics to track and communicate progress.


  • Contacts are typically with co-workers, other city personnel, contractors, builders, consultants, elected and appointed officials, representatives of state and federal agencies, property owners, and members of the general public.
  • Contacts are typically to give or exchange information, provide services, justify matters, and resolve problems.

Physical Demands/Work Environment

  • The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table or while intermittently sitting, standing, or stooping.  The employee occasionally lifts light objects.
  • The work is typically performed in an office.

Supervisory and Management Responsibility


Minimum/Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master's degree in urban or regional planning, environmental planning, urban design or a related field preferred.
  • Superb project management skills.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to generate high-quality graphics, diagrams, maps, sketches and/or renderings desired.
  • Experienced in using Adobe Creative Suite programs, such as Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign preferred.

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