Plan Checking Assistant – District of North Vancouver (North Vancouver, BC)

Plan Checking Assistant

JP #20-48

If you are civic minded and interested in making an impact on people and businesses on the beautiful North Shore, consider working for the District of North Vancouver.
Home to vast parkland and attractions including Grouse Mountain, Lynn Canyon and Capilano Suspension Bridge, the District is inspired by nature, and enriched by people. The District offers exciting professional development opportunities and a competitive total compensation package. This is an exciting time to join the District, as we embark on a range of initiatives to transform digital service delivery, customer experience, and our approach to climate action.

The Permits and Licenses team has a regular full-time opportunity for a Plan Checking Assistant to join the plans review team. In this technical and clerical role, you will:

  • Perform preliminary plan checks for permit applications for single family home construction, additions, alterations, accessory buildings, swimming pools and demolition to ensure that the plans comply with the requirements of the BC Building Code and District regulations and bylaws.
  • Conduct basic structural reviews as required.
  • Receive and process applications for various permits or licenses, including reviewing the applications for completeness and obtaining any required information from applicants; forwarding the applications to the appropriate technical staff for review and approval; circulating applications to other departments as required; and issuing routine permits and licenses within defined authority.
  • Meet with applicants to interpret requirements and clarify areas of non-compliance; and inform applicants of required modifications.
  • Calculate permit fees using fee schedules; and make calculations to confirm declared building value and estimate of proposed construction value in order to determine permit cost.
  • Keep track of permit securities and advise Finance when refunds are due.
  • Provide information and interpretation on the BC Building Code and District regulations to building contractors, architects, homeowners and the general public; and provide information and assistance to the public regarding permits, licenses, zoning, and relevant bylaws, inspections, public hearings, community planning and community services.
  • Enter and update application details into District information systems; and prepares and maintains a variety of records and files related to the work.
  • Carry out other related and administrative duties as assigned by supervisors/managers.

You have:

  • Completed Grade 12 and technical courses related to the work plus some related experience OR an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Sound knowledge of the applicable sections of the District building and zoning bylaws and regulations, and departmental policies and procedures governing the work.
  • Sound knowledge of Part 9 of the B.C. Building Code governing the work performed
  • Ability to read plans and drawings, to interpret and apply the related sections of the BC Building Code, District regulations and bylaws, and to suggest corrections and modifications to plans and documents.
  • Ability to conduct basic structural reviews and make accurate calculations related to the issuance of building permits for specific applications.
  • Excellent customer service, problem-solving and time management skills necessary to deal efficiently and effectively with customers and internal contacts.
  • Working knowledge of other departments concerned with building permit matters
  • Working knowledge of building construction, materials and plans
  • Ability to use software applications related to the work
  • Preference given to applicants who are a BOABC member in good standing with Building Level 1 certificate.

The pay range for this unionized position is $28.55 – $33.60 per hour based on a 35-hour work week, with a comprehensive benefits plan, 3 weeks of vacation to start, and earned time off opportunities. If you are interested in this position, and have a passion to serve people and the community, we would like to hear from you. Please apply on-line with your cover letter and resume at by December 4, 2020 to be considered for this competition.

We thank you for your interest in employment with the District of North Vancouver and advise that only those shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.

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