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Zoning Technician, City of West Columbia

Position Category: Administration

Position Hours:
Full time, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday

Job Duties:
  • Advises customers, contractors, developers, and City staff on the permitting process, zoning-related inquiries, code regulations, and Zoning Ordinance policies. Responds to inquiries and requests from the general public and business community, through friendly, professional customer service skills, ascertaining the needs of the customer and providing appropriate assistance and information, e.g. permitting, zoning, land development code, architectural review and covenants and restrictions.
  • Reviews, processes, calculates and approves/denies sign permits and residential building permit applications for compliance with the land development code, zoning, landscaping and architectural regulations and applicable city, state and federal codes and regulatory requirements. Reviews electronic building plans, alterations to residential and commercial properties, and permits to ensure compliance with regulations and City Zoning Ordinance.
  • Schedules meetings with customers. Provides counseling and interpretation to the general public, e.g., rules, regulations, policies and procedures. Prepares and compiles permit applications or associated task for City Staff or Committees. Conducts and participates in Committee meetings. Researches Zoning Maps, Plat Maps and agreements, Covenants and Restrictions, the Land Development Code for permit application review.

  • Associate’s degree in Urban Planning, Construction Mgmt, Architecture, or related field with some experience in plan review, zoning administration, building permit review, surveying, or related area; some experience dealing with plats, building plans, site development plans and/or applications for public hearings; some experience explaining building, zoning, or other ordinances to members of the public; some experience sharing information and providing service to the public; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • Must posses a valid SC driver’ license.
  • Must be able to obtain American Institute of Certified Planners certification.

Pay Info:
Salary range $44,589.03 - $62,426.23 annually (FY 22-23). Excellent benefits package includes two weeks of vacation, 13 holidays and participation in the State Retirement System, the SC Deferred Compensation Plan, and the State Health Plan with the employee’s health and basic dental insurance premiums paid by the city.

How to apply:
Application is available online and at the Customer Service Counter, West Columbia City Hall, 200 N. 12th Street, West Columbia, SC 29169. Completed applications may be mailed to Carrie Garrett, Director of Human Resources, P. O. Box 4044, West Columbia, SC 29171-4044 or emailed to or faxed to 803.939.8634.

The City of West Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The City does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.